George Strait’s Las Vegas residency a break for Ashley McBryde

Ashley McBryde’s latest album is called “Road to Nowhere,” highlighted by the single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.”

But this weekend, her career belies the title of that album and that song. Her “nowhere” is Las Vegas, and the little dive bar has been overtaken by T-Mobile Arena.

“When I wrote that album, I wasn’t thinking this would happen,” says McBryde, opening for George Strait on Friday and Saturday nights in his “Strait to Vegas” concert residency at T-Mobile. “I just thought it would make a difference for a lot of people. It did for me.”

Strait is providing McBryde 45-minute sets in the first of three weekend support performances at T-Mobile. “That’s so generous, so nice, because you usually get 20 minutes and you’re off.’”

A few memorable moments from my chat with the Nashville-based artist this week:

She played Route 91 in 2017: McBryde was a

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