Conversations with Missy: McBride & the Ride CRS 2023

by Missy Wolf / 303 days ago / Comments

If you are looking for some great music and a night full of entertainment, you need to catch one of the McBride & the Ride shows near you! I promise you are in for one heck of a good time. Be sure to give the guys a "like", "share", and "follow" on their social media platforms as well. You will not be sorry. ~Missy


ABOUT McBride & the Ride:?

McBride & The Ride was the brainchild of legendary producer, Tony Brown. As the head of MCA Records in the 90s Brown had worked with all three of the phenomenal musicians in different capacities, yet none of them knew each other.  Brown made the introductions and the magic started happening right from their very first rehearsal. “Tony put the three of us together but had no idea that the harmony would be what it is. That was a surprise to all of us,” Herndon recalls of that first breathtaking blending of their voices. ?

The band garnered ACM and CMA nominations and released three acclaimed albums on MCA Records, Burnin’ Up The Road, Sacred Ground, and Hurry Sundown, spawning hit singles like "Love on the Loose, Heart on the Run," “Sacred Ground,” "Going Out of My Mind," “Just One Night” and many more. It was then that their legion of fans began to form. “There is nothing like country music fans. It's always so fun to see their reactions after hearing our harmonies live!” Herndon says. “The three-part harmonies have always been what set us apart from other bands.” He goes on to share how much country fans mean to the band. “We love getting to meet our fans, take a picture with them, and hear how one of our songs made them fall in love or became their wedding song.”?

Over the last two decades, the three principles have thrived with their individual careers. Herndon has been Lyle Lovett’s lead guitarist since 1985 and has had songs cut by Kenny Chesney, Aaron Tippin, Lee Greenwood, Linda Davis, and more, and he continues to operate his family’s historic club, Handlebar J, in Scottsdale, Arizona. McBride has had his songs recorded over 100 times, writing major hits for Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Easton Corbin, Cody Johnson, and more. He toured with Brooks & Dunn through most of their biggest years playing bass and writing songs. Thomas moved to Nashville from Los Angeles in 1987 and immediately started working with Vince Gill along with many other country stars (Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner & Earl Scruggs). He’s continued as Gill’s singing drummer on the road and in the studio ever since, adding background vocals to many of his hits. In 2010 Thomas joined the Grammy-nominated Western Swing band, The Time Jumpers. You can catch him most Monday nights with them in Music City.?

All three agree that although much of the reunification has been seamless, there is one thing that is dramatically different this time around. That is the advent of social media. “Back in the nineties we had the help of radio, some occasional TV performances, and music videos, but we were basically going town-to-town to promote our band and our music,” McBride remembers.  “Now we are already taking advantage of social media, and all that it offers.” He excitedly shares that their TikTok has over 11,000 followers in less than a month. “We are growing and connecting with fans each day on all the platforms. It is the future for us to be able to stay connected to our fans, help promote our tour dates, and share our new music. For me, the feedback and comments from our fans from a post or a music clip we share is the best part of it.” ?

Thomas adds, “It’s always been easy making music with Ray and Terry. Times have changed, but our fans haven’t. I still run into folks who caught our live show back in the 90s and rave about their experiences. I’m excited to ride again!”?

The trio agrees that one of the most exciting parts of their relaunch is that they will be able to share their music with a whole new generation of country fans. “I believe we can be terrific ambassadors for that period of country music while again making an impact on the format,” Thomas shares. Much like neon, real country music, and denim-everything, the 90s are back. 



ABOUT CRS (Country Radio Seminar):

Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. was established in 1969, with the goal of furnishing a platform for education, and a climate for growth within the Country music format, while serving as the conduit connecting the interests of Country radio with the Country music industry. The organization created, and annually stages, the multi-day educational event known as Country Radio Seminar, which for more than 50 years, has provided networking and career growth opportunities for music industry professionals, and serves as the premier showcase event for new and emerging artists, many of whom have eventually risen to Country music success and stardom.


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McBride & the Ride Tour Dates

06/22/2024 : Knuckleheads: Kansas City, MO
06/28/2024 : Park County Fairgrounds and Pa: Livingston, MT

About Missy Wolf

Missy Wolf Co-Founder, Editor, Journalist & Vice President of the American Country Music Association

From an early age I knew music and entertainment were in my blood. I have always been enamored with the idea of being in this industry, though I never wanted to be a front and center "Star". Taking the audience behind the scenes for up close conversations with the artists they love is where I want to be. Life in lyrics has always been my style, so as my favorite country artist Wade Hayes sings, I am living my life and chasing my dreams! Conducting interviews, meeting talented people and sharing stories and adventure are my passion. My new favorite hashtag is #iaskyouanswer, so stay tuned for more interviews, articles and adventures!