Long wrote and recorded “Stampede” at the request of the Nashville Stampede’s head coach Justin McBride
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 25, 2022) – The Nashville Stampede, Music City’s first-ever professional bull riding team, have debuted the team’s new anthem, “Stampede,” written and recorded by Sony Music Publishing’s country music singer and songwriter Brice Long.
“Stampede,” is available now wherever digital music is streamed and sold.
Long, a veteran songwriter for more than 25 years, has had more than 100 of his songs recorded, including by such prolific artists as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Hank Williams Jr., and many more.
Long’s songwriting hits include the #1 singles “Heartache On The Dance Floor” by Jon Pardi and “Nothing On But The Radio” by Gary Allan, along with Randy Houser’s “Like a Cowboy,” which a garnered Long a CMA nomination for Song of the Year.
“Stampede,” was created at the request of the team’s Head Coach Justin McBride, who had a brief country music career that began while he was still riding bulls, releasing the albums Don’t Let Go and Justin McBride Live at Billy Bob’s Texas. McBride has sung on the stage of the famed Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and performed in front of more than 46,000 fans at Cowboys Stadium.
The two-time PBR World Champion strongly believes every sports team needs their own song. McBride chose Long to write and perform the song because he was confident the musician, who had written for him in the past, could bring his vision to life, and correctly communicate the team’s values.
Long is the sole writer on the track, and in McBride’s words “I know it would be good, I just didn’t know it would be that cool.”
McBride and Long first met in 2006 when McBride traveled to Nashville to work with songwriters Tim DuBois and Wynn Varble. McBride was walking out of the studio as Long was coming in, and the two were quick to strike up a conversation, discovering they shared mutual friends.
Long, who grew up roping and surrounded by the cowboy lifestyle, was familiar with Western sports. He forged an immediate connection with McBride who appreciated that the songwriter was a real cowboy who had done the things that he was writing songs about. As their friendship grew, Long went on to write a few songs that McBride would cut, and when McBride was touring, Long would come out and play rhythm and do a few songs on his own.
The Nashville Stampede are one of eight founding teams for the groundbreaking PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series which transforms the individual sport of bull riding into one where riders compete as teams in head-to-head games.
Throughout the regular season, each team will compete in 28 head-to-head, five-on-five bull riding games¸ held across 10 events. The team with the highest aggregate score will be the game winner, and ties will be allowed.
Each team will host a three-day homestand, welcoming the seven other teams, while also competing in two neutral site events, beginning with the season-launch event on July 25-26 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The season will conclude in Las Vegas Nov. 4-6 when the teams will go head-to-head in the PBR Team Series Championship, vying to be crowned the Team Series Champions.
When the 2022 season gets underway July 25-26 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the Nashville Stampede will compete against the Carolina Cowboys and Missouri Thunder.
Following the event in Cheyenne, the PBR Team Series will hold events in Kansas City, Missouri, and Anaheim, California, before the Stampede host their inaugural homestand Aug. 19-21 in Nashville, Tennessee, at Bridgestone Arena, the fourth event of the 2022 PBR Team Series season.
During their first-ever home event, the Stampede will play the Carolina Cowboys on Aug. 19, Texas Rattlers on Aug. 20, and the Kansas City Outlaws on Aug. 21.
The bull riding action for the 2022 PBR Team Series’ Stampede Days at Bridgestone Arena begins at 7:45 p.m. CDT on Friday, August 19, 6:45 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 20, and 12:15 p.m. CDT on Sunday, August 21, times subject to change.
Tickets for the three-day event are on-sale now, and start at $20, taxes and fees not included. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com and PBR.com, at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727.
Three-day ticket packages will also be available, offering fans up to a 25% discount on select price levels.
ABOUT BRICE LONG:
Brice has enjoyed a successful 25+ year music career. As a songwriter he has had over 100 of his songs cut with artists such as Garth Brooks, George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Hank Williams Jr, Randy Houser, Josh Turner, Reba McEntire, Gary Allan, Cody Johnson, Chris Young, Jon Pardi, The Grascals, Casey James, Darryl Worley, Randy Travis, Gretchen Wilson, John Michael Montgomery, Porter Wagoner and many more. Brice’s songwriting hits include the #1 singles “Heartache On The Dance Floor” by Jon Pardi and “Nothing On But The Radio” by Gary Allan. Randy Houser’s “Like a Cowboy”,a song that also garnered Brice a CMA nomination for Song of the Year. Other recent chart toppers are Randy Houser’s debut single, “Anything Goes”, “Today” from Gary Allan, Casey James’ “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” and Jon Pardi’s, “What I Can’t Put Down”. Brice Long is signed to Sony Music Publishing. He is a native of Hopkinsville, KY. His music is available wherever digital music is streamed and sold.
ABOUT THE NASHVILLE STAMPEDE:
Nashville Stampede are based at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, where the team will hold its inaugural Stampede Days homestand on August 19-21, 2022, the fourth event of the 10-event PBR Team Series regular season. The Stampede are coached by two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride. Under the leadership of General Manager Tina Battock, the Stampede are owned by Morris Communications Company, LLC (MCC), which is part of a privately held company with diversified holdings in media, real estate, property development and agribusiness. MCC is based in Augusta, Georgia. MCC’s current media holdings include Morris Media Network (MMN) which reaches millions of consumers with diversified content brands in print, digital, products and live events including Western Horseman, Barrel Horse News, Quarter Horse News, Road to the Horse, EquiStat and the National Barrel Horse Association. A portfolio of lifestyle publications and digital assets serve outdoor/sporting/travel enthusiasts with Alaska Magazine, Milepost, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Charlotte Magazine, Orlando Magazine, Savannah Magazine, Where Visitor publications and more, including the Nashville Stampede, one of eight founding teams in the new PBR Team Series.
ABOUT THE PBR (PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS) TEAM SERIES:
The PBR Team Series is an elite new league that will feature the world’s top bull riders competing on teams in five-on-five bull riding games during an 11-event season beginning in July and culminating in a team championship at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas November 4-6. During the 2022 season, each of the eight teams representing teams in Austin, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Glendale, AZ; Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; Ridgedale, MO; and Winston-Salem, NC will host a three-day homestand. There will also be neutral site games in Cheyenne, WY and Anaheim, CA. To determine team rosters, the league held a rider draft on May 23 prior to start of the 2022 season among any bull riders who have declared for the draft during a league eligibility window. The PBR Team Series builds on the existing structure of professional bull riding with the same basic rules for judging and scoring qualified 8-second bull rides. Events will be staged in a tournament-style format with all teams competing in head-to-head matchups against a different opponent each day. Each game will feature five riders per team squaring off against another team. Full team rosters will be comprised of seven riders on the core roster and three practice squad members. The team with the highest aggregate score of qualified rides among its riders will be declared the winner of each game. The event winner will be the team with the most game wins across an event, with a special bonus round designed as a tie-breaker to determine final event standings. All PBR Team Series events will be carried on either the CBS Television Network, streaming live on Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, or RidePass on PlutoTV.