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CHISHOLM TRAIL CHRISTMAS BALL

McBride & The Ride to perform at fundraising event for Bell County Youth Fair scholarship fund

DAVID STONE | OUR TOWN TEMPLE

This year’s Chisholm Trail Christmas Ball, an annual gala benefiting the Bell County Youth Fair scholarship fund, will feature music by the legendary McBride & The Ride.

The Christmas Ball will be Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Bell County Expo Center beginning at 6 p.m.

“This event benefits local 4H, FFA and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America groups,” said Sheryl Long, a 4H leader with Bell County AgriLife. “We always have big-name country entertainers, and McBride & The Ride is big.”

Tickets are available by the table or individually. Long said there are three levels of table seating — each table seats eight people — ranging in price from $500 to $1,500 per table. Individual tickets are $75.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call Cheri O’Braden at (254) 933-5309.

Known for their three-part harmonies and honky-tonk sound, the McBride & The Ride consists of Terry McBride on lead vocals and bass guitar, Ray Herndon on vocals and guitary, and Billy Thomas on background vocals and drums. The band broke up in 1995 and reformed with the original members in 2021.

As McBride & The Ride, they released 90’s country hits such as Sacred Ground, Going Out of My Mind, Just One Night and Love on the Loose, Heart on the Run.

Although they have had immense success as a band, all three members have had success outside of McBride & The Ride.

Terry has become an established Nashville songwriter. He has written songs for Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba McEntire and others.  Ray is Lyle Lovett’s longtime lead guitarist and he co-wrote Kenny Chesney’s Me and You. Billy is Vince Gill’s longtime drummer and he also has performed with Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner and Earl Scruggs.

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