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Small Town Life Takes the Spotlight in Ashley McBryde’s ‘A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega’ Video

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The hidden struggles of small town life take the spotlight in Ashley McBryde’s new video for “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.” 

Shot near McBryde’s Watertown, Tenn. home, the video mirrors the song’s heartfelt nods to drunken nights and rash decisions. This isn’t just another country song about drinking and partying though. The lyrics and accompanying visuals unravel why these mistakes tend to go hand-in-hand with small town living and inner-personal struggles.

McBryde, an Arkansas native, performs and writes genuine red dirt country music with the pop sensible sass of Miranda Lambert. Her personal freedom anthem “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” netted a Grand Ole Opry debut back in June.

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Dahlonega is the north Georgia birthplace of Zac Brown, who probably knows a think or two about the local dive bar scene. Co-writer Jesse Rice’s car once broke down there, near a bar where Shawn Mullins happened to be performing.

McBryde is currently on tour across the U.S., and will act as support for Eric Church and Hank Williams Jr. in the coming weeks. You can find a full list of her upcoming concert dates here.

“A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” Lyrics

To the bag packed, first love leaver
The heart cracked, double down dreamer
The homesick for grass that’s greener
And a slice of Mama’s peach pie

To the flat broke, couch cushion gas money
The worker bee that ain’t gettin’ no honey
Missin’ someone all the while runnin’
Gunnin’ for the brighter lights

Here’s to the break ups that didn’t break us
The break down, wrong turn that takes ya
To a little dive bar in Dahlonega
Hear a song from a band that saves ya, man
It’s hittin’ rock bottom smoke ’em if you got ’em
Nothing’s going right
Makin’ the best of a worst day kind of night.

We’ve all got a number we don’t wanna drunk dial
And a good friend we ain’t seen in a while
And a slow dance left in these boots
And a chance at puttin’ down new roots

Here’s to the break ups that didn’t break us
The break down, wrong turn that takes ya
To a little dive bar in Dahlonega
Hear a song from a band that saves ya, man
It’s hittin’ rock bottom smoke ’em if you got ’em
Nothing’s going right
Makin’ the best of a worst day kind of night.

Here’s to the break ups that didn’t break us
The break down, wrong turn that takes ya
To a little dive bar in Dahlonega
Meet a girl outside Atlanta
Then when it’s hittin’ rock bottom smoke ’em if you got ’em
Nothing’s going right
Just singin’ along with your drink raised
A pretty little blonde thing’s looking your way
Makin’ the best of a worst day kind of night.

And, it’s making the best of a worst day kind of night
Oooooh, here’s to the break ups
It’s that kinda night

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