First National Act Coming to the Seymour Concert Hall


From left to right, Ray Herndon, Terry McBride and Billy Thomas are members of the group McBride and the Ride. photo SUBMITTED

The first in the series of national country music acts performing at the Jackson Live and Event Center in Seymour is gearing up for Friday night’s show.

McBride and the Ride was originally formed in 1989 and stayed together until 1995. Then Terry McBride, Ray Herndon and Billy Thomas went their separate ways until they reunited for a few years in the early 2000s.

Now, they’re back together to do a few shows, most notably in Jackson County for the first time on Friday.

“This is our next attempt, and we’re having a blast,” McBride said. “It’s great getting back together. We really enjoy it, and that’s what makes it fun for us.”

Since Jackson Live opened in the summer of 2020, owners Rodney and Amanda Burton have aimed to bring national artists to the area.

The 8,700-square-foot, 500-seat venue at 1849 First Ave. hosted Saturday night shows through October 2020 until a break for the safety of performers and clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wedding receptions, Christmas parties, bridal showers and company meetings were held there until the concerts resumed in April.

Now the Burtons are excited to start the National Series with McBride and the Ride.

Tickets cost $ 40. Add $ 10 if you want to sit in the first two rows.

Rodney is encouraging people to tune in to 92.7 Nash Icon later this week for chances of winning passes to meet the band after Friday’s show.

“They have a very impressive curriculum vitae. They are very talented people,” said Rodney. “We’re a 500-seat venue, so you’re going to be up close and intimate with these guys, and they’re going to tell their story.”

Ronna Bemis and Brad and Tammy Sue Magness will open Friday at 7 p.m.

“This in itself is a great show,” Rodney said. “Ronna, Brad and Tammy Sue opened almost every national band that went through Little Nashville Opry. They just have a very tight harmony and vocals, and they have a great show that they put on, so that alone is worth a lot. . “

Other acts in the series this year include T. Graham Brown, Exile, Andy Griggs, Darryl Worley, Doug Stone, Terry McBride, and Billy Dean.

“We’re excited about this,” Rodney said. “I hope it will be well received by the community regarding the support.”

McBride and the ride

Born and raised in Texas, McBride received a guitar at the age of 9 and soon after began playing in local bands and spending summers on the road with his father, Dale McBride, who was a recording artist with several Billboard-rated singles in the late 1970s.

After high school, McBride traveled and toured with his father’s band for three years before moving to Austin, Texas. He became a sought-after bass player in the local music scene and spent the following years performing with Texas artists Lee Roy Parnell, Bill Carter and the Blame, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Johnny Duncan, Rosie Flores and a two-year stint with Delbert. . McClinton.

In 1989, McBride traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, and the songs he had written were passed on to MCA President Tony Brown.

“He really wanted a band,” McBride said. “He knew I had played with a lot of bands.… MCA had a band, The Desert Rose Band, at the time, but they were leaving, they were done, and he made me sit down and said: “Dude, here’s the deal. We really need a group. You would be perfect for that. We’re going to build the band around you and these songs that you write. ‘”

McBride and the Ride was formed, and Brown later became its producer. He has also produced music for George Strait, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill and others.

The group recorded four albums for MCA, racking up several top-five singles over the following years, including “Sacred Ground,” a No.1 single in 1992. McBride also received $ 2 million in broadcast awards for his credits. writing for “Just One Night” and “Get Out of My Mind”.

McBride and the Ride received CMA and ACM nominations for Vocal Group of the Year before finally disbanding in 1995.

McBride then focused most of his attention on songwriting and had songs cut by other artists, such as Strait, McEntire, Garth Brooks, Hank Williams Jr., Ronnie Dunn, Kix Brooks, Alan Jackson. , Trace Adkins, Kenny Rogers and many others.

In 2001, McBride and The Ride got back together and recorded the album “Amarillo Sky” the following year. They release a few singles and revolve around the album.

Then, in 2004, McBride co-wrote “Stay With Me / Brass Bed” with “American Idol” finalist Josh Gracin and followed that up by co-writing “Play Something Country” with Ronnie Dunn, which was the rising single. the fastest. from Brooks and Dunn’s career and was the award-winning duo’s last No. 1 song.

McBride has started doing solo shows in recent years and now also has a few shows with the band on this year’s schedule.

“Once we got the band back together, we got some interest, so that was cool too,” he said. “We just played our first three dates in Texas a few months ago. It was fantastic. The crowds were awesome. There’s just something cool about 30-year-old songs sung by 60-year-old guys and they want to hear it. “

McBride said the band’s concerts were similar to those in the ’90s.

“If someone has come to see us, say like in 1992, it’s almost the same. The same setting, same,” he said. “It’s just kind of a step back, and that’s what we love. We don’t do a lot of covers. We don’t do a lot of modern things. We just keep things as they are and were. back in the day and do our best to recreate those songs and arrangements that people have seen and want to hear. “

McBride was the band’s main songwriter at the time, while Thomas was on drums and Herndon was on guitar.

Since then, Thomas has been featured on Gill’s albums and been part of a band he formed, The Time Jumpers, and Herndon has performed with Lyle Lovett.

Gary Morse joins the three, mainly playing steel guitar. He’s played a lot with Brooks and Dunn and does a lot of studio work, including being part of new Luke Combs records.

“We’re just a four-piece band, but it sounds a lot more than that. Of course, the three-part harmony on almost every song, that really fills it up,” McBride said. “It’s been over 20 years since we’ve played together, but we’ve always kept in touch, been friends over the years, which has made it easy and a lot of fun.”

McBride’s group and solo show were booked for Jackson Live by his agent, Jimmy Dasher.

When he toured with Brooks and Dunn years ago, McBride said they performed in Indiana several times. For McBride and the Ride, however, Friday will be their first show in Hoosier State.

“It’s all new to us again, so it’s really exciting for us,” said McBride. “We’re musicians at heart, and we want to be good, and we like being in a good band, so it’s a win-win for us. We play together, we get to sound great and then we introduce ourselves and I hope some people will come and see us. It has been really, really encouraging so far. “

In one look

Upcoming national acts performing at the Jackson Live and Event Center, 1849 First Ave., Seymour:

  • McBride and the Ride, Friday
  • T. Graham Brown, August 21
  • Exile, September 10
  • Andy Griggs, September 18
  • Darryl Worley, October 23
  • Doug Stone, October 30
  • Terry McBride, November 20
  • Billy Dean, December 4

Tickets are available by calling 812-521-1282. They are $ 40 for a single show (add $ 10 for the first two rows) or there are packages available for four or eight shows.

The shows are sponsored by Schneider Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. and in part by 92.7 Nash Icon.

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