Terry McBride at CMA Festival 2017
By guest blogger Teresa Fuller
Terry McBride may not be a household name, even if you’re an avid country music listener, but, I guarantee you know who he is. This legendary song writer has written over 25 songs for Brooks & Dunn alone; including the powerful duet with Reba, “If You See Her/If You See Him.” His more recent hits include Josh Gracin’s “Stay With Me” (Brass Bed), and Reba’s 2010 release, “I Keep on Loving You.” During our unforgettable interview with Terry, that was just one of the many topics we covered with the most important topic; the recent release of his EP, Hotels & Highways.
We’d heard rumors before Terry even graced our desk he was a fun person to interview, but little did we know what we were in for. In an interview that lasted nearly 25 minutes, we covered topics including the Brooks & Dunn/Reba Tour, the challenges they faced releasing their number 1 hit duet, Terry’s collection of classic country star polaroid’s complete with autographs, a hot air balloon mishap, and how Hotels & Highways came to be.
The story of how “If You See Her/If You See Him” came to be is perhaps the most personal one for me. I was fortunate enough to see them on tour during the late 90’s when those singles were released so the story was fascinating to me. Terry was touring with Brooks & Dunn/Reba, writing songs and playing guitar for them during the tour. Ronnie Dunn told Terry that if they could just do a duet with Reba, it’s likely they could extend the tour for another year. Terry started writing, collaborating on the song with Jennifer Kimball and Tommy Lee James. Terry recorded the song and everyone agreed they loved it. The problem was, Brooks & Dunn and Reba were on different record labels. In, what seemed to be the end, the deal fell apart because the record labels couldn’t agree on how to release the single. Finally, Reba put her foot down and made it happen. The agreement they arrived to; each record label would release the single the same exact time. Brooks & Dunn would be “If You See Her”; Reba’s would be “If You See Him”. Hers rose to number one and theirs rose to number two.
When it came to the topic of “Hotels & Highways”, Terry beamed. The title song, now released as a single, had been pitched to other artists and passed on. Seems to be, everything happens for a reason. When Terry received word that Jason Aldean had passed on the song, Terry decided the time had come for him to record it himself. You can find information on the EP and the single, Hotels & Highways at www.TerryMcBrideMusic.com as well as all of his social media sites. Give it a listen; you’ll not be disappointed!