Ashley McBryde Pays Tribute to Late Songwriter Dennis Linde With ‘Lindeville’ Album

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Ashley McBryde talked about the process of creating his new album, Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville, and how the fictional town and characters came to life while she and six writers were in retirement.

Osborne Brothers collaborated on the album, with John Osborne serving as co-producer while TJ Osborne sings with Ashley on “Play Ball”. Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack and Patti pillbox appear as singers and various members of the town of Lindeville.

The city takes its name from the late songwriter Dennis Linde, the man behind many hits, including “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley, The chicks‘ “Goodbye Earl” and “John Deere Green” by Joe Diffie. “John Deere Green” centers around the characters Billy Bob and Charlene, with Billy Bob writing his love for Charlene on a water tower.

Ashley and her team aimed to emulate Linde’s clever songwriting style across the 13-track album, which includes songs like “Jesus Jenny”, “Brenda Put Your Bra On”, “Forkem Family Funeral Home” and more.

“We did things a little differently. We had characters, and then we invented…a city, so we thought that would be the best way to take our hat off and honor the genius of Dennis Linde, but say, “Here are our characters, and I’d love it he place they lived is called Lindeville, “” describes Ashley. “[Linde] drew a map of a city that was completely fictional, developed characters that live inside that city. The water tower literally says “Billy Bob and Charlene” on the map. Then we wrote songs based on those places and people he was creating in that city.

Fans can visit Lindeville when the album comes out on Friday.

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