January 2018 ABSQ: Ashley McBryde, glitter eyeshadow, & spreading love

The first ABSQ of 2018 is here! January felt like it lasted forever (in a good way), and now we're already a couple of days into the second month of the year. All of the Valentine's Day stuff is out in the Target dollar section, and every time I walk in, I have to resist my [...]

NEW COVER | “That’s The Way The World Goes Round” (John Prine)

Happy Monday friends! In place of Music Monday this week, I wanted to share this video with y'all. I did a few songs at a local open mic last week with some great musician friends, and the host was nice enough to capture and share this song. If you read my blog frequently, you might [...]

Music Monday: First Aid Kit’s new record + the blog turns 2!

I'm all about powerful women in the music industry. From Dolly Parton to Miranda Lambert to Demi Lovato, there's a strong female presence in the business that's growing rapidly. This Music Monday, we're talking about Swedish duo First Aid Kit and their newest album, Ruins. Gaining their fame through their YouTube cover of "Tiger Mountain Peasant [...]

Music Monday: 3 Female Songwriters Who Inspire Me

I know it's been a little while, but I'm happy to finally be publishing a new Music Monday here on the blog! I want to make sure that all of my posts are my most authentic work. I never want to post something simply to produce content or "fill space", so I'm allowing myself to [...]

Resolutions 2018

This is the first time in years that I've made real resolutions. I feel like I always lackadaisically think of a goal or two in my head each January, but I never take them super seriously or hold myself to them. Now, however, I feel that my diligence and work ethic have grown so much [...]

My Top Music of 2017: country, pop, & more!

As 2017 comes to a close, I couldn't not recap my favorite records and songs from the year - it's a necessity. I've discovered so much incredible music, and my taste has definitely grown and changed since January. Across multiple genres, I've listed my top music from this year below, with the record info and links [...]

November ABSQ: new vinyl, The Gypsy Fawn jewelry + mini talk on motivation

Yesterday morning, I sat down at the kitchen table, laptop in tow, to edit some blogs, and it hit me: Today is December 1st.  I know I say this at the beginning of every month, but seriously: Christmas time this year feels like it showed up in a flash. The leaves were yellow and orange, [...]

Christmas Music Mini Guide 2017: new releases, my favorite albums + HUGE Spotify playlist!

Friends, we've been through the lingering heat of late summer, the leaves changing, the the pumpkins, the candy, finally the turkey, and now, it's Christmas time! Today I've got my Christmas Music Mini Guide 2017 for y'all! Some people love Christmas music, while others hate it. Personally, I am one of those that's all for the cheesy, [...]

check out my Spotify playlists + new mini cover!

If there's one thing I love most about this new age of digital music, it's making playlists.  The possibilities are simply endless. There are playlists centered around specific genres, certain time periods of music, moods and feelings, subject matter, etc. - literally any category you can imagine, you can probably find a playlist for somewhere [...]

Music Monday: seeing John Prine LIVE!

This past Saturday night, I got to see one of my favorite artists live in concert, and left feeling incredibly inspired. Industry-renowned, Grammy-winning country and folk singer/songwriter John Prine stood on that stage, at seventy-two years old, and gave a performance that was even better than I could have imagined. The show took place in one [...]