Hey everybody, Braeden here! I realized earlier today it’s been a little while since I’d done a blog post so I thought I’d sit down and write a little bit. Today I am celebrating my 23rd birthday! As a young kid it was an exciting day, mainly cause of the cake and the presents. It’s still just as exciting nowadays, but in a much different way. I woke up this morning excited by the fact that I’ve reached another milestone and by all the things that could potentially happen for me in the near future.
On that note, I would like to mention some things that have been happening for Wheel Hoss and I. First off, we have already booked our first show for 2019. We will be part of the annual Jim Paul Miller Memorial Bluegrass Show which will be held at the Plaza Theater in Garland, TX. This show was designed to raise money to send young aspiring musicians to Gerald Jones’ Acoustic Music Camp in Arlington, TX. I’m proud to say that I was the 2014 Scholarship winner. While attending Camp, I got to learn and study mandolin with some great instructors such as Dix Bruce, Keith Yoder and Nate Lee, who now tours with the nationally acclaimed Becky Buller Band. It was a truly valuable experience for me as a musician. I’m proud to be part of such a great cause! You can find full details about the show on our Schedule page.
We were also listed in Bluegrass Unlimited’s Annual Talent Directory which was published in the October 2018 issue. I’m very excited and honored by this! When I was only 7 years old, I received a subscription to the magazine for Christmas and have been a loyal subscriber ever since. I never would’ve imagined that almost 16 years later, my group would be listed in the publication along with some of the finest local, regional and national bluegrass artists today. More things will be happening for us pretty soon. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!
In closing, I’d like to say how truly blessed I feel. No, my life hasn’t been exactly perfect. I have faced and dealt with many challenges throughout my life, but through it all I have learned how to overcome it and through that motivate others to keep going. I’m also blessed by the fact that I’ve been able to fully devote my career to Bluegrass music. As most people within the music world know, it’s not easy to do that. Many of the musicians you see on stage or other people within the business often have secondary jobs to make ends meet. As of right now, due to various factors in my life, I’m able to fully devote my time to music. During the week, I book shows for the enormously talented group, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show and take care of any Wheel Hoss related business. Then of course, I go play music on the weekends whenever I’m booked to play a show myself. I don’t know how long my time in professional music will last, but I’m going to savor every moment of it and enjoy the ride! Thanks to all of you who have supported me over the years and continue to do so. I appreciate you more than you will ever know. I hope that I can continue to inspire and motivate people to chase after their dreams. God Bless!