Good Ride Cowboy

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"Good Ride Cowboy"
Garth - Good Ride Cowboy.jpg
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album The Lost Sessions
Released October 24, 2005
Format CD single
Recorded 2005
Genre Country
Length 3:26
Label Pearl
Writer(s) Jerrod Niemann
Richie Brown
Bryan Kennedy
Bob Doyle
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"Why Ain't I Running"
"Good Ride Cowboy"
"Love Will Always Win"

"Good Ride Cowboy" is a song written by Jerrod Niemann, Bryan Kennedy, Richie Brown and Bob Doyle, and recorded by American country music artist Garth Brooks. It was released in October 2005 as the first single from the album The Lost Sessions. The song is a tribute to Brooks' friend Chris LeDoux, champion rodeo bareback rider and country musician.[1] Released in late 2005 as a single, the song went on to peak at #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.


Brooks briefly emerged from retirement in late 2005 to record the upbeat "Good Ride Cowboy", shortly after the death of singer Chris LeDoux. Brooks first performed the song at the CMA awards show, while the CMA Chairman's Award of Merit was presented in LeDoux's honor.[2]

In an interview conducted with CMT, Brooks stated, "I knew if I ever recorded any kind of tribute to Chris, it would have to be up-tempo, happy ... a song like him ... not some slow, mournful song. He wasn't like that. Chris was exactly what our heroes are supposed to be. He was a man's man. A good friend."[3]

Chart positions[edit]

"Good Ride Cowboy" debuted at number 18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the week of October 22, 2005. The song set a record at the time for the highest debuting single on the country charts since the inception of SoundScan in 1990.[2][4] Keith Urban later broke the record with his 2006 single "Once in a Lifetime," and Kenny Chesney broke it again with 2007's "Don't Blink;" Brooks reclaimed the record one week after Chesney did, when "More Than a Memory" debuted at Number One.

Chart (2005–2006) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 59

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 47


  1. ^ "Garth Brooks Boxed Set is Single Biggest Music Event in Wal-Mart History" (Press release). Wal-Mart. November 29, 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Kix Brooks Enlists Garth Brooks To Honor LeDoux During "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" By Performing "Good Ride Cowboy"". Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  3. ^ Smith, Hazel (November 1, 2005). "A Conversation with Garth Brooks". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2007-03-16. 
  4. ^ "Garth Brooks: The Lost Sessions CD released". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  5. ^ "Garth Brooks – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Garth Brooks.
  6. ^ "Garth Brooks – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Garth Brooks.
  7. ^ "Best of 2006: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2006. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 

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