LOS BANOS — Local artist and musician Terry Brown shared the news last week that his song Ride Cowboy Ride moved to number 19 on the New Music Weekly country chart-the third largest chart in country music.
As a writer Ive had other top 20s, Brown said. But this is my first one as an artist. Its been almost surreal.
The single on the CD Its a Cowboy Thang, has 10 songs that are all sung by Brown himself.
Brown co-wrote the song with his wife Hilda Machado-Brown when they went to Nashville in January of 2012 to record the album. He said that he knew he had enough songs to record an album but he still felt that he was a song short.
Especially an up-tempo song, he said.
Brown woke up at 5 a.m. one morning and started playing with a musical riff he came up with earlier which led him to an idea. His wife got up too and wanted to know what he was doing and he told her he needed help writing a song.
About 30 minutes later, we had a song, he said. And I knew right away it was one of the better things on the album.
Machado-Brown said its a blessing to see the song where it is today.
The cool thing is, theres always been a destiny between us. Ever since we got married, she said. The neat thing is, over all the songs hes written, here this one made the top 20. And it happens to be a song he and I wrote together.
The song is written about the freedom a cowboy feels.
When you hear it, you want to just get up and start dancing, said Machado-Brown.
The song originally came in on the chart at number 79 and the Browns watched it climb.
It went from 79 to 19 in 12 weeks, Brown said.
His goal with his music is to bring western music back to the forefront.
I want to bring it back to a viable genre of music, he said. The goal is to try and grow western music. Its been kind of forgotten and lost in the shuffle over the years.
Terry Brown lives in Los Banos and is currently on tour. He has written over 1,300 songs over the lifetime of his career. His song Ride Cowboy Ride can be purchased through iTunes or visit www.terrybrownmusic.com.
Reporter Marina Gaytan can be reached at (209) 826-3831 ext. 6562 or mgaytan@losbanosenterprise .com.