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Terry McBride is a class act, almost like country music royalty.
—Lee Richey, WKPQ
Born and raised in Texas, Terry McBride grew up in Lampasas, a small ranching community about seventy miles northwest of Austin. After receiving a guitar for his ninth birthday from his father it wasn’t long before McBride was playing in local bands and spending summers on the road with his dad, the late Dale McBride, who was a recording artist with several Billboard charted singles in the late 1970s. After high school, McBride traveled and toured as part of his father’s band for three years before moving to Austin. He became a sought-after bass player in the local music scene and spent the next few years playing with Texas artists Lee Roy Parnell, Bill Carter and the Blame, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Johnny Duncan, Rosie Flores, and Delbert McClinton.
In 1989, McBride travelled to Nashville and the songs he had been writing found their way to MCA President Tony Brown, who would later go on to sign McBride to a recording contract with the label. His group, McBride and The Ride, recorded four albums for MCA, racking up several top five singles over the next few years. The group received CMA and ACM Nominations for Vocal Group of the Year before eventually disbanding in 1995.
McBride then began to focus most of his attention on songwriting, and through the years has had songs cut by other artists including Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Hank Williams Jr., Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins, Easton Corbin, Kenny Rogers, John Anderson, Cole Swindell, Jim Lauderdale, Chase Bryant, and many more. In 2004, McBride cowrote American Idol finalist Josh Gracin’s top five single “Stay with Me/Brass Bed.” He followed that up by cowriting “Play Something Country” with Ronnie Dunn, which was the fastest rising single of Brooks and Dunn’s career and was also the final number one song for the award-winning duo.