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Texas singer/songwriter Rhyder to perform concert for winner

By Chris Edwards
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With the familiar glow of Friday night lights soon to be upon us (and scrimmages already taking place) the sounds of fall are a welcome accompaniment to high school football action.

 Whether those sounds are familiar selections from high school bands to lead the teams into battle, or songs written about the excitement of football, the topic has served as an inspiration for many a songwriter.

 Carthage-based Texas country music legend, Brandon Rhyder, an award-winning singer/songwriter has put his two cents into the “football songs” canon. Rhyder’s single “Under the Lights on Friday Night” is such an authentic depiction of high school gridiron action that several coaches from around the state have weighed in.

 “I have coached a lot of college players and a few NFL players and the one thing they always say is there is nothing like Friday Night High School football…Brandon’s song is a great song that sums it all up,” said Scott Surratt, the Athletic Director and head coach of the Carthage Bulldogs.

 As part of the promotion for the single, a lucky school can win a concert with Rhyder. Schools are encouraged to submit a video from a pep rally, to show how much school spirit the school has.

 The videos, limited to one submission per school, must be submitted to Rhyder by Oct. 14. They can be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Rhyder, who has made a career out of wholesome subject matter (e.g. “Freeze Frame Time” and “Battery”) said the subject for the song was a natural for him, and he has watched his own son grow up with a love of the game.

 “I have watched my son, Dusty, play this game from flag football to Pop Warner to junior high to the varsity level. He’s been talking about this moment since he was five years old,” Rhyder said in an interview.

 Tom Westerberg, who serves as HC for the Salado Eagles said Rhyder’s song “brings back great memories of me playing in small town Salado and now for the kids who are making their own memories.”

 The single can be streamed on all streaming platforms, as well as from Rhyder’s official website, BrandonRhyder.com. 

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