21 December 2022
Wonderful voice ASHLEY McBRYDE is a famous country celebrity
from Nashville, Tennessee. She released her highly praised 5th LP.
LINDEVILE last October. One of those warm and emotive country
albums that confirms that the genre is timeless.
McBryde sang the pearl herself a couple of weeks ago, together
with John Osborne, on the Saturday Night Live show
It’s a romantic, melancholic, Xmassy gem. An instant earworm. But what makes this magnific lullaby really special is its story. It’s about a local strip club in a small (fictional) town (all album’s songs are centered around that town) where Jesus appeared one night – incognito – to have a drink with drunken barflies, whores, and queers who lost touch with the real, hard world outside.
Seems like the Holy One was there to see if his beloved dropouts are allright. It’s both a funny and daring story. Many will be offended by it, mostly Christians/Catholics. Well, that’s their problem. For me, it’s a fabulous tale and tune confirming that Jesus was a humanist and a socialist. Hallelujah, indeed!
Best and most original Xmas song of 2022.
It goes like this.
Jesus loves the drunkards and
the whores and the queers
Would you recognize him
if he bought you a beer
(Image on top: McBbryde on the cover of her 2020 ‘Never Will’ album)