The story of Braeden Paul & Wheel Hoss begins long before the group was even formed. As a child growing up in the North TX area, Braeden Paul heard the sounds of his father’s banjo as well as audio and video recordings of different artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss just to name a few. While he enjoyed all those artists, Braeden soon discovered a whole generation of bands that would later shape his overall musical style and presentation. Whenever he visited his grandparents in Louisiana, he would be exposed to many of the artists that are regarded as pioneers within the Bluegrass music genre such as Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers and The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. At an early age, Braeden was struck by the intense vocal harmony and the instrumental solos that he often heard on the classic recordings.
At the age of 15, Braeden found a mandolin in a pawn shop and started learning to play. During that process, he spent countless hours listening to different players such as Bill Monroe, Doyle Lawson and Dean Webb. By doing this he was able to create his own unique style of mandolin playing which has pleased audiences over the years. At the age of 17 Braeden began to perform alongside his Dad, Robby Paul in different local bands honing his craft as a musician and vocalist.
In 2016, Braeden along with countless others in the Bluegrass music community mourned the loss of two of the music’s pioneers, Dr. Ralph Stanley and Melvin Goins. During this time, an idea began to form in his head to start a group that would allow him to play the Traditional style of Bluegrass music and honor the musicans that had first inspired him as a young child. There would be two key factors in doing this, finding the right musicians and launching it at the right time.
Right off the bat, Robby expressed interest in being the group’s guitarist. After an evening jam session at long time friend and band mate, Joe Morrow‘s home, both Braeden & Robby knew they found the perfect person to play banjo in this new group. After a conversation at the Salmon Lake Bluegrass Festival in September 2017, Joe officially came aboard. Shortly after that names began to be thrown around for this new band. It was then decided that the band would be named after the classic instrumental tune, Wheel Hoss written by Bill Monroe about a team of horses. Shortly thereafter, Rick Caudill was recruited to play bass.
The band began having success early on with several shows being scheduled before a note had even been played on stage. Braeden Paul & Wheel Hoss made it’s official debut on December 9, 2017 in Grapevine, TX. Just a year later, Braeden had a feature article in the July/August issue of Plano Magazine which helped get him and the group some great local exposure early on. In February 2019, Braeden and the band were honored to be featured in The Bluegrass Standard, an online publication that has covered everyone from Doyle Lawson, Del McCoury and Sam Bush.
As the band continues to perform and entertain audiences, Braeden is thrilled that he is getting the chance to share the music that he fell in love with at an early age.
“It’s my hope that our music is enjoyed by those who listen. My goal early on was to honor the different musicans that inspired me and put my own stamp on it. I feel like we as a band all have that goal in mind and we come closer to it every time we play and sing together.”
– Braeden Paul