A Montana cowboy’s musical tribute to bull riding and the PBR
Wild Bull Ridin’ Man
Lyrics by T.J. Casey | Music by Lew Vasquez
Listen to the song here:
Hanging up, Hangin’ on,/ sinkin’ in the well/ ridin’ for the PBR/a rodeo in hell,
Stickin’ tight, flying high/ ridin’ to the bell,/ buckin’, twistin’, spinnin’,/it’ll put you in a spell.
If yer gonna make a wild ride,/ better hang on for your life,some have won and some have tried/ and some have lost a wife/ make a ride and spur ‘em hard/ ride the best you can,/ live it, eat it, breath it, pard,/ yer a wild bull ridin’ man
Getting’ down, spinnin’ round/ make ya turn your head,/ buckin’ down, hit the ground,/ feeling halfway dead.
On your way, ridin’ hard/ battered up and torn,/ ridin’ for the PBR,/ just grab life by the horns.
TJ Casey grew up in Montana’s beautiful, harsh and remote Pryor Mountains, and has spent much of his life in a saddle, working with cattle and horses on ranches across the West.
World champion professional bareback rider late Chris Ledoux put Casey on his first bareback horse in 1976, the same year Ledoux won the world.
In his “younger days” Casey used to rodeo rode bulls and broncs. “But after much assessment,” he said, “I decided to take my Dad’s advice: ‘Why pay to get busted up when you can get paid and get busted up’.” He went back to training horses and working on ranches, but still enjoys watching a good rodeo. Casey is also a nationally known singer/songwriter, poet and entertainer.
Casey wrote the song “Wild Bull Ridin’ Man” one night when he was watching a PBR rodeo. Lew Vasquez wrote music to accompany the lyrics, and recorded it with studio musicians from Nashville.
Casey’s album “RNDNMUP,” which he co-wrote with Canadian songwriter Jim Reader, is the recipient of the 2011 Western CD of the Year through the National Traditional Country Music Association.