Braeden Paul literally grew up around music. His earliest memories include hearing his father Robby and grandpa, Bobby Paul play banjo, fiddle and various other instruments around their homes. He also recalls hearing recordings of numerous different artists in Bluegrass & Country music such as Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, Doyle Lawson, The Johnson Mountain Boys, Roy Acuff and Grandpa Jones among others.
Of course this made Braeden want to actually learn to play. His first instrument was an archtop banjo given to him by his father when he was just 5 years old. Due to low functioning motor skills caused by his diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, it would be several years before Braeden could accomplish his goal of being a musician.
At the age of 15, Paul found an A-style Johnson mandolin in a local pawn shop. After receiving it, he began to learn the instrument and quickly fell in love with it. A year later, Braeden had an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, which reduced the high muscle tone in his body that had made certain daily activities difficult, music included. It was after this surgery that he began to notice the changes in both his life and mandolin picking ability. This motivated him to work even harder at his playing and he began increasing a lot faster than he would have ever dreamed.
That next summer, Braeden and his father began attending local jam sessions in the North Texas area. People began to quickly take notice not only of Paul’s driving mandolin style, but also the fact that he was playing a right handed instrument upside down since he is left handed! Around this time, Robby Paul was invited to join Blackland Grass, a band which Braeden also joined. The father and son duo also had a brief stint with the Rowlett based Blue Valley Tradition. In 2014, Braeden was awarded the Jim Paul Miller Scholarship which allowed him to attend Gerald Jones’ Acoustic Music Camp in Arlington, TX. While there he studied mandolin under Nate Lee of The Becky Buller Band, Dix Bruce and Keith Yoder.
After graduating high school, Braeden was invited to join Philip Ferguson & Texas True. For the next 3 1/2 years he performed with the group all over the Southwest. He also appeared on the studio recording, “Old Danville Road” which was produced by Grammy Award Winner, Brad Davis. A few of the songs received radio airplay on The Ranch KKUS 104.1 based out of Tyler, TX.
Shortly after Braeden played his final show with Texas True in 2017, he along with his Dad went on to form the Traditional Bluegrass band, Braeden Paul & Wheel Hoss. During this time he was featured in Plano Magazine as well as the online magazine, The Bluegrass Standard which has covered several of his musical heroes such as Doyle Lawson, Del McCoury and Sam Bush.
The ultimate highlight of Paul’s musical journey was in May 2019 when he made a guest appearance with Grammy Nominee and IBMA Award Winner, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper at the Bluegrass Heritage Festival in Farmers Branch, TX. In previous years Braeden has also made guest appearances with The Missouri Boatride Bluegrass Band and The Homestead Pickers, one of the house bands at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO.
When not performing or working on other musical projects, Braeden stays busy keeping Bluegrass artists on the road through his independently owned booking agency, B. Paul Entertainment. Paul currently makes his home in Plano, TX.