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McBride & The Ride Biography

Terry McBride (16 September 1958, Austin, Texas, USA; lead vocals, bass), Ray Herndon (b. 14 July 1960, Scottsdale, Arkansas, USA; guitar, vocals) and Billy Thomas (b. 24 October 1953, Fort Myers, Florida, USA; drums, vocals). MCA producer Tony Brown noticed that Alabama were losing their appeal and so he formed a new country group to take over the market. He experimented with McBride, Herndon and Thomas, liked what he heard and gave them a contract; within two months, they were making their first album. The title track ofSacred Ground is a neat twist on adultery, written by Kix Brooks of Brooks And Dunn and Vernon Rust. Herndon and Thomas left in 1993 and were replaced by Kenny Vaughn (guitar), Randy Frazier (bass) and Keith Edwards (drums); the band were then renamed Terry McBride And The Ride. They are featured performing ‘No More Cryin’’ in the rodeo film 8 Seconds. Terry McBride’s father, incidentally, was Dale McBride, an original member of the Downbeats, who had several minor country successes in the 70s. Although McBride is hardly prolific in the recording department he manages to deliver a credible album once in a lifetime, with 2002’s Amarillo Sky no exception to the rule.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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