FREE T-Shirts and Ninja News!

FREE T-Shirts and Ninja News!

Hey friends! Season 9 of American Ninja Warrior is currently in production, and, despite the flu trying its best this week to crash my invitation, I’m headed to Daytona in a matter of days with 100+ fellow-ninjas from all over the to southeast to compete for a chance at total victory. Here’s all the info you need to know about everything ninja at this point in the year:

American Ninja Warrior – Season 9:
The Los Angeles and San Antonio regions have already wrapped up filming. Next up is the southeast region in Daytona, Florida, followed by Kansas City, Missouri, then Cleveland, Ohio, and Denver, Colorado rounding out the regions. The top 15 competitors from each region will move on to compete in Las Vegas in June, along with a handful of wildcard recipients.

This year over 77,000 applications were submitted for American Ninja Warrior, so everyone who got one of those coveted golden callbacks feels incredibly fortunate. The season 9 premier is on June 12 at 8/7c on NBC. Check out the recently-released trailer here:

Team Ninja Warrior – Season 2:
What?? You’ve not heard of Team Ninja Warrior?? Well last year it was on the hard-to-find Esquire Network (now impossible to find), but this year it has a new home on the USA Network and you have no excuses! This exciting spinoff show pits your favorite ninjas against each other as they race on identical courses, side by side, with Matt and Akbar bringing you along with the action. Season 2 premiers in just a couple of weeks, on Tuesday, April, 18th at 10/9c on USA. Catch the trailer and photos here:

FREE T-Shirts!
I’m celebrating my new .ninja domain name by giving away 3 FREE #BootieBandwagon T-SHIRTS to new followers! To enter, just follow my blog here and/or my social media accounts below. The more you follow, the better your chances to win!

Enter your email address and click the “Follow” button at the top of the sidebar on this or any page of my site (or on a mobile platform look for the follow link at the bottom when you scroll).


I’ll draw 3 winners from all those sources on May 1st!

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To keep up with all the latest Ninja Warrior news, follow the official site fan site of American Ninja Warrior at and the social media links below. Nikki and her crew do an incredible job of supplying folks with all the inside scoop on everything “ninja warrior”!

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See you on the course!!

“Mary Did You Know?”

“Mary Did You Know” (arr: Brown/Cothran)
Composer: Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene
Bootie Cothran, guitar & vocal
Ryland Brown, piano
Will Dodson, recording engineer

I was set to sing this song this past Sunday in church, and was rehearsing on the Thursday before when my friend and colleague, Ryland Brown, came in and spontaneously added some piano to it, and it was amazing, mainly because he’s awesome like that. Ryland couldn’t be there for the performance on Sunday, so we got together yesterday and recorded it a few times. We did four takes in the studio trying to get a good, clean sound with individual tracks for the vocal and instruments, but it just felt too “sterile”, even with adding reverb and other effects. So we went into the big room (with the REAL piano) and just played it together and it worked so much better that way. This was our first take. I think it’s best with a decent pair of headphones.

I’ve always omitted the original bridge and replaced it with the ending of the 1st verse, I think, because I originally couldn’t duplicate it, vocally, and just got used to doing it this way over the years.

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Everything You Need to Know When Watching American Ninja Warrior, Atlanta

Hey friends! The time is almost here!!! I’m just a little bit excited! Here is pretty much everything you need to know while watching for me on #AmericanNinjaWarrior this Wednesday night, June 8th on NBC at 8/7c!

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Me and Dougie! We met in season 7 in Orlando and were both featured in the Orlando qualifying episode, back-to-back. And the shorts match perfectly!!


  • After sifting through over 70,000 applications this year, producers select 100 lucky ninjas to compete in 5 regional qualifiers, held in different cities around the country. Each region also allows up to 30 “walk-ons”, who camp out up to 2 weeks ahead of time for a chance to run the course.
  • At each region, the show is filmed in 2 overnight shoots. The “City Qualifying” round is the first night, and consists of all 100+ runners attempting the qualifying course, with the finish being the top of the infamous Warped Wall.
  • Those who finish the qualifying course the first night advance to the City Finals on the second night, where the course is extended by 4 additional obstacles after the Warped Wall. The top 15 finishers on the Finals course qualify for the national finals, filmed in Las Vegas in early summer.
  • The southeast region for season 8 was held in Atlanta, GA, in front of Turner Field.
  • The obstacles differ from city to city. The opening steps, the warped wall, the salmon ladder and the final obstacle are always the same, but the obstacles in between will be different. Some may be recycled from previous seasons, and some will be brand new.
  • The height of the Warped Wall has been increased this year to 14-1/2 feet, 6 inches taller than previous seasons.
  • Competitors do not get to touch the course before their run.
  • The night before filming, many ninjas meet up at a local gym to play together, maybe do some ninja-karaoke, and stay up most of the night in order to help acclimate themselves to the overnight shoots.
  • We do not know who’s run will be shown on TV until it airs. Unfortunately, there just isn’t time to show everyone, and more than half of the competitors don’t make the final cut for a qualifying-round episode. If your favorite ninja wasn’t shown in the City Qualifying show, perhaps they’ll be shown in the City Finals!
  • The season 8 premier was last week, and was the Los Angeles Qualifier. The Atlanta Qualifier is this Wednesday, and then the series moves to Monday nights for the Qualifiers in Indianapolis, Oklahoma and Philadelphia. The City Finals for each region will be aired after all of the Qualifiers have aired.

Lastly, if you are pulling for me on Wednesday night, please take a photo of you and your friends in front of the TV and post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #BootieBandwagon

If you have a question I can answer about American Ninja Warrior, post it in the comments and I’ll address it!

Thank you SO much for your support!!

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