Meet Butcher Brown, the Band Behind the New 'Monday Night Football' Theme

Get to know the Richmond, VA five-piece band

September 9, 2020

Football fans tuning into the twin bill of Monday Night Football matchups in week one will hear a different theme song prior to kickoff.

ESPN has already announced changes to their announcing team for the 2020 NFL season, but revealed another change to an element long associated with "Monday Night Football." Gone is the Hank Williams Jr. theme song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night.”

“Rip It Up” by the late Little Richard will serve as the new theme song for Monday Night Football. There’s one caveat, it won’t be Little Richard’s version you hear on TV.

Meet Butcher Brown, the band responsible for the new "Monday Night Football" theme song. The five-piece band hails from Richmond, Virginia and blends the sounds of jazz with hip hop, funk, rap, rock, and soul music.

The band has a new album called #KingButch due out on September 18 making the timing perfect for introducing the band to the Monday Night Football audience.

The band’s YouTube channel features a plethora of material including original songs, live performances, and fantastic cover songs. One such example is the cover the band did of the Bob Ross “The Joy of Painting” theme song.

According to Sports Business Daily, the version of “Rip It Up” that will air on Monday Night Football will feature instrumentals from Butcher Brown mixed in with Little Richard’s voice. The open of the show won’t feature the band on screen. Instead, it’ll serve as a soundtrack to be played over highlights related to the game.

Week one of Monday Night Football will feature a doubleheader. The first game, beginning at 7:15 PM ET will match up the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers while the Tennessee Titans host the Denver Broncos beginning at 10:10 PM ET.

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