It’s not too often professional athletes successfully cross over into the music world (no, The Big Aristotle doesn’t count. And think of the failed albums of Allen Iverson, Ron Artest, and countless others). But perhaps bull riding has a more natural affiliation to country music than rap has to basketball.
Colby Yates has been riding professionally for 11 years now, so he knows his way around a bull. But it turns out music is in his blood — his Grandmother sang with the Chuck Wagon Gang — a popular gospel group in the 30s. So it’s no surprise, I suppose, that his debut album is seeing great success. While he doesn’t sing about bull riding all the time, his day job does lend an authentic feel to his songs. When he sings about a cowboy with broken ribs, he’s not just blowing smoke — he’s been there!
Download the album, entitled Right Amount of Renegade right here and don’t forget to root for Colby as he rides for the championship this weekend!