Ashley McBryde ‘Melted’ When Garth Brooks Asked to Record Her Song
In late 2017, country icon Garth Brooks began performing his own rendition of the title track of Ashley McBryde's major-label debut album, Girl Going Nowhere, at live shows. Brooks' version remains faithful to the original song, simply changing the title to "Boy Going Nowhere." For up-and-coming McBryde, simply seeing Brooks sing one of her songs is a dream come true; however, the dream went one step further recently, when Brooks called up McBryde and asked her permission to put his performance of the song on his upcoming live album.
"We didn't think he was gonna put it on the record," McBryde explained to The Boot before her performance at the 2018 ACM Honors on Wednesday (Aug. 22). "So it was really cool when he called and said, 'Miss Ashley, can I put "Boy Going Nowhere" on my record?' I was like, 'Yes sir, you can.'"
For her part, McBryde was just as excited about receiving a call from a country legend as she was about the song making it onto his album. "I'm gonna say, it's really cool to have Garth Brooks cut my song. It's even cooler when his name pops up on your phone," she admits. "Of course, I don't have him in there as a contact, but when the name popped up, I was showing everybody! I was like, 'Do you see this?! It's Garth!'"
McBryde goes on to explain that despite his lofty stature as a country music legend, Brooks was unassuming on the phone: "[I answered and said] 'Hello, sir,' and he said, 'Miss Ashley, it's Garth,'" she recalls. "You just melt. Your knees go out from under you. He's the nicest guy in the world."
Brooks wrapped his three-year World Tour at the end of 2017 and has been enjoying a brief break from the road. However, it seems that that break won't last long: In addition to readying his upcoming live album, the country icon released a new single, "All Day Long," in mid-June, and recently announced plans to play the first-ever concert at Notre Dame Stadium.
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