Band Bios

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Photo courtesy of Jennifer Shertzer

BRAEDEN PAUL-mandolin, lead & harmony vocals

Braeden Paul was born on September 25, 1995 in Baton Rouge, LA. He discovered music through his Dad and Grandpa. Both men exposed him to the sounds of Bluegrass and other forms of Acoustic Roots music through playing instruments around the house and also playing tons of different albums. While Braeden enjoyed just about everything he heard, he particularly loved the sound of bluegrassers such as Jimmy Martin, Doyle Lawson, Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe. Braeden began to attempt playing instruments at an early age, but at the age of 15 he discovered that he had a knack for playing mandolin. Just three years later, Braeden found himself performing with both Blackland Grass & Blue Valley Tradition. Shortly after graduating high school, Braeden started playing mandolin and singing harmony with Philip Ferguson & Texas True. During his time with the band he played all over Texas & Oklahoma and appeared on the studio album, Old Danville Road which was produced by Grammy Award Winner, Brad Davis. Braeden currently makes his home in Plano, TX. When not performing, he works as a booking agent for international bluegrass & country favorite, The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show.

 

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ROBBY PAUL-guitar, lead & harmony vocals

Robby Paul was born on December 19, 1963 in Alexandria, LA. As a young child he was exposed to string band music through his Dad, his Grandpa, Robert “Bokie” Paul and also through records by artists such as Flatt & Scruggs & The Stanley Brothers. At the age of 11 he learned to play the banjo. He was often accompanied by his grandpa and occasionally played with other members of his Dad’s side of the family at different family gatherings. For a brief period of time, he played banjo & mandolin with the Kentucky based gospel group Full Circle. In the early 1990s, Robby started playing banjo regularly on the Old South Jamboree in Walker, LA. While he primarily played with the house band, he also sat in with other groups that appeared on the live show such as the Cooksey Family and the Driskill Mountain Boys. In 2004, he joined The Hogwallow Boys on banjo & dobro and stayed with them for around three years. Several years later, Robby divided his time between playing banjo with Blackland Grass & dobro with Blue Valley Tradition. In 2014, Robby joined Philip Ferguson & Texas True. During his time with the group, he got to showcase his talents on numerous instruments such as banjo, dobro, fiddle & steel guitar and he also appeared on the studio recording, Old Danville Road along with his son Braeden. When not performing, Robby works as a clinical director at an outpatient rehabilitation clinic. He currently makes his home in Dallas, TX with his wife Diana and has two other grown children, Zack & Lindsay.

 

Joe

JOE MORROW-banjo, harmony vocals

Joe Morrow was born on August 29, 1959 in Wichita Falls, TX. He developed an interest in music at an early age and learned to play the guitar and piano as a young child. In his teenage years he caught the sounds of bluegrass & progressive country music. He is mostly self taught on banjo, but around the year 2000 he began going to workshops taught by professional musicians and started playing with others in order to fully develop his abilities. In 2001, Joe joined Lost River Bluegrass and stayed with them until 2002. A year later, Joe became the banjo player for Blue Valley and was apart of their sound for 7 years. During his time with the group he appeared on the recording, Bonafide which was released in 2005. He also played with Midnight Train as well as Blue Valley Tradition, a reincarnation of Blue Valley that included Wheel Hoss bandmates, Braeden & Robby Paul. Joe currently makes his home in Grapevine, TX with his wife of 32 years, Debbie. He recently retired from telephone company work. When not performing, Joe enjoys doing set up work on different kinds of banjos and spending time with his family.

 

Rick

RICK CAUDILL-bass

Rick Caudill was born on December 14, 1952 in Ypsilanti, MI. Rick developed an interest in Bluegrass Music at an early age through his Mother who played guitar. Other members of her family played as well and it was typical for the sounds of banjos, fiddles and guitars to be heard during family gatherings. Rick started playing guitar at the age of 8. By the time he was 12 years old, Rick was playing rhythm & lead guitar in his own rock band, The New Sound and shortly after turning 13 he became the group’s bass player. He later went on to play bass in the three piece band, Argus which primarily performed at the Holiday Inn and various clubs around the Michigan area. In the mid nineties, Rick became active in the music ministry at Kirkwood United Methodist Church in Irving, TX primarily playing bass and occasional guitar. In the mid 2000s, his love for bluegrass music was rekindled and he began playing in jam sessions around the North TX, area. In 2007, Rick became the bass player for the band Easy Pickinz, which played at fish fries, birthday parties retirement homes and other local events. Rick retired from his business, Service One Data in 2012. Rick currently makes his home in Irving, TX with his wife of 33 years, Laura. They have two grown children, Alex & Elizabeth.