McBryde was born in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. She began playing her father's guitar as a teenager, and after attending Arkansas State University, she self-released one album. In 2007, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to become a country music singer, and won the Country Showdown in both 2009 and 2010. She self-released a second album in 2011, and began touring the Southern United States with various artists. An EP titled Jalopies & Expensive Guitars followed in 2016. Singer Eric Church discovered McBryde's music, and invited her onstage to perform with him at one of his concerts.