With four nominations at the upcoming 2021 ACM Awards including Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year, Ashley McBryde releases a scorching live performance of “Shut Up Sheila” from her forthcoming live EP Never Will: Live From A Distance, arriving Friday, May 28. “Shut Up Sheila – Live” is available everywhere now.
“There’s somebody in your family that you want to smack in the face and tell them to shut up,” the four-time GRAMMY nominee said as she shared the story behind “Shut Up Sheila” with Rolling Stone. “But because we are from the South or we live in the South, we use our ‘company manners’ all the time. We don’t always get to ball that fist up and go ‘Shut up!’ Now you don’t have to — now you can just listen to that song.”
Upon its initial release, Variety described the song as “a slow-burning rocker that’s the least pious death song country has churned out in a generation.” American Songwriter dubbed it “a fiery, rock-ignited declaration,” while Billboard called the track “feather-ruffling.”
Praised as “one of country’s sharpest truth-tellers” by Rolling Stone, the Arkansas-native is the only artist to have been nominated for Country Album of the Year for Never Will by the ACM, the CMA and the GRAMMYs in the same award season, while lead single and RIAA Gold-Certified “One Night Standards” earned McBryde nominations for Song of the Year (artist + songwriter), cowritten with Shane MacAnally and Nicolette Hayford.
“Shut Up Sheila – Live” follows the release of the live version of McBryde’s current single “Martha Divine,” a track NPR named as her “rowdiest jam to date” and shared, “When she plays it live, this thing will shake ceilings,” while Rolling Stone calls it “storming country-rock” and Billboard notes the track “never lets up.”
Never Will: Live From A Distance Track List:
- First Thing I Reach For (Ashley McBryde, Randall Clay, Mick Holland)
- Shut Up Sheila (Nicolette Hayford, Charles Chisholm)
- Velvet Red (Ashley McBryde, Patrick Savage, Daniel Smalley)
- Voodoo Doll (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Brandy Clark, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
- Martha Divine (Ashley McBryde, Jeremy Spillman)
- Sparrow (Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Brandy Clark, Connie Harrington, Jake Mitchell, Aaron Raitiere)
About Ashley McBryde
Ashley McBryde cut her teeth playing country songs in rural biker bars – and it shows. Her 2018 major label debut Girl Going Nowhere (Warner Music Nashville) charmed the New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Paste, The Washington Post, and more, all en route to landing a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album. McBryde closed out 2019 with ACM New Female Artist, CMT Breakout Artist of the Year, a New Artist of the Year win at the 53rd Annual CMA Awards and two nominations for the 2020 GRAMMYs for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance for “Girl Goin’ Nowhere.” Her follow-up Never Will, released April 3, was tagged by Rolling Stone as one of the most anticipated of the year alongside NPR, who also ranked her lead Top 10 RIAA Gold-Certified single “One Night Standards” as one of the best songs of 2019. Produced once again by Jay Joyce, Never Will reveals the witty, confessional, detail-driven songwriting addressing a wide spectrum of blue-collar Southern women’s experience introduced on Girl Going Nowhere is still here, but perhaps even sharper, earning McBryde a 2021 GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album, along with 2021 ACM nominations for Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for lead single “One Night Standards.” The music itself is stadium-ready rock-and-roll with a bluegrass wink or two and country music’s storytelling heart––and McBryde, no longer new, is the music’s ordained and highly capable standard bearer. For more information, visit AshleyMcBryde.com or follow her at Facebook.com/AshleyMcBryde, Instagram @AshleyMcBryde and Twitter at @AshleyMcBryde.