Ashley McBryde rounds out four-act music festival Aug. 11 at the Galva Park District

The final piece to the 2018 Back Road Music Festival puzzle is now in place.

Festival organizers announced Thursday morning that Ashley McBryde will round out this year’s four-act concert on Aug. 11 at the Galva Park District.

“Adding a female performer is definitely a good thing,” said Nik Grafelman, co-founder of the festival along with Tyler Glaser.

McBryde joins headliner Josh Turner, the brother duo High Valley and Chase Bryant in the Back Road’s musical lineup. 

“It was pretty awesome to get Josh Turner right out of the gate,” Grafelman said. “He’s got that classic deep country voice and a bunch of number ones.”

“I think it compares well to last year’s lineup,” Grafelman added of the 2018 festival. “We had a good response last year with a broad range of artists.”

Last year featured the festival’s first female performers — the band Runaway June — along with country music legend Travis Tritt, and rising stars Michael Ray and Dylan Scott.

McBryde has been dubbed one of Rolling Stone’s “Artists You Need To Know,” and will be releasing her new album — “Girl Going Nowhere” — at the end of the month. 

“She was on the radar for a lot of people,” Grafelman said of McBryde. “The dates just worked out and she kind of fell into our lap. We couldn’t be happier.”

High Valley was just nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s “New Vocal Group/Duo of the Year” honor, and currently has a song in the Top 10, “She’s With Me.”

“I think we have something for everybody,” Grafelman said.

Grafelman said the lineup will likely be McBryde opening at 4 p.m., followed by High Valley, Bryant and headliner Turner.

He said the festival also will feature local acts on its side stage, and anticipated those artists would once again be determined through voting on Facebook.

Tickets for the show are available locally at the Galva Pharmacy and Hog Country Studios in Kewanee. Tickets, which are $40 for general admission and $55 for the hog trough, also are available at


Ashley McBryde bio

Lauded by The New York Times for her “clean, powerful and slightly creamy voice,” Ashley McBryde has been dubbed as an “Arkansas red-clay badass, with the swagger of Hank Jr. and the songwriting of Miranda Lambert” by Rolling Stone. 

With her self-released first EP, “Jalopies and Expensive Guitars,” McBryde caught the attention of some of Nashville’s most raucous entertainers, landing her on dates opening for Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert. 

The Washington Post raved, "McBryde's blue-collar storytelling and straightforward singing set her apart," which the singer demonstrated during her Grand Ole Opry debut set where she performed her seminal title track “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” from her forthcoming Jay-Joyce-produced LP. 

Her debut album for Warner Music Nashville, “Girl Going Nowhere,” is slated for release on March 30. McBryde recently made her television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers performing her single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” which is at country radio now and has already notched the No. 1 slot on Sirius XM's The Highway Top 30. 

For more information, please visit and catch her on tour in 2018 with Luke Combs and Lambert.