Brad Hudson (Carolina Road)
- Resonator Guitar
- CR1600 Americana Resonator strings, TS1600 Tim Scheerhorn Signature strings
Born Dec 6th 1986 in Raleigh N.C. then later moving to Duplin County in the town of Beulaville N.C., Brad was blessed with the God-given talent of singing and playing music at the early age of just three. It was then in the early years of his life that he began singing and playing in church in a little community called Potters Hill North Carolina. The first instrument Brad taught himself how to play was the guitar, he had three or four lesson from a local musician in his church by the name of Mallard 'Mutt" Griffin. On his sixth birthday, his dad and mom gave him his first guitar, where he would play consistently in his bedroom day after day teaching himself to play and sing. With a little help from some of the other locals, Brad continued to get better and better and would be asked from time to time to come and play. But soon Brad began to experiment with the banjo and dobro, Throughout his early years while attending school at Beulaville elementary, where Brad went from kindergarten through eighth grade, he was driven from place to place, and played in a few different bands at many different events and contests all over the state of North Carolina. Later his family moved to Onslow county and Brad attended Richland's high school. While attending Richland's he decided that he wanted to take part and join Richland High’s marching band, where he would become part of the drum line, where they would go and march in the Kentucky derby parade. He also worked with Nashville recording artist and chart topper Don Cox and several other bluegrass bands around the area. After the stint with Don Cox Brad got asked to be a part of a production show out on the coast of North Carolina, The Crystal Coast Jamboree in Morehead City. While working there Brad would sing and play in the band and was also be featured as a soloist and performer and dancer. Along with a cast of singers, dancers and comedians the show was a great learning experience for Brad. It was working here that Brad really got a sense of how a working band works. Learning how to read number charts and learning the Nashville number system that would be a big asset to him in his musical career. After working at The Jamboree for 3 or 4 years Brad went on the road with Dollywood stars and recording artist The Larkin's. Brad traveled and played upright bass with them and also playing electric bass on their country shows. They would tour and do shows at bluegrass festivals and big stage casinos all over the country and performing on the world famous Grand Ole Opry. Also they would open up for new country artist like Eric Church, Colin Ray even doing shows with Dolly and recording some of Dolly's songs and doing a music video with Dolly. After graduation, Brad became an instrumentalist and singer with country music mega star Dolly Parton's brother Randy Parton, at his music theatre in Roanoke Rapids N.C.. Where he would do nightly shows with the band and also doing events with and for Dolly and for her Imagination Library. It was a real blessing to be working with and for the Parton family. Then later on Brad was offered a job with a national known award winning bluegrass band Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road. After being a big fan for years, He started traveling all over the country with LJ&CR and touring the US and Canada, also doing several recording projects and cruises as well. He continued to work and travel with the band for almost four years. Being nominated for dobro player and bass player of the year by SPBGMA in Nashville Tenn., while with the band. Knowing that there were more opportunities out for him to explore, he moved to one of the biggest tourist areas in the country, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where he would begin singing and playing at the Country Tonite Theatre. While with the theatre they won show of the year and was voted best show in Pigeon Forge. He made such a name for himself there, that he was blessed to also become a part of the Dollywood family as well,. For five years, Brad was known for his beautiful tenor voice and his amazing string playing in the Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee. In September of 2014, after marrying the love of his life and after much praying he was given the opportunity to go back out on the road touring, but this time, he would join Gospel greats, Gaither TV special stars and Grammy nominated Jeff & Sheri Easter. With them, as their drummer Brad showed his talent with his amazing voice and his good ol’ pickin’. Guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin, fiddle, bass, you name it, he plays it. With the Easters Brad got to do a lot of great things, like play the big Gaither shows with all the gospel greats. Was even invited to Bill and Gloria Gaithers house along with the Isaacs, Karen Peck and New River and a lot of the Gaither crew after a big concert in Bill and Gloria's home town. Also got to do some gospel cruises and sing and play at sea as well. After a his time with Jeff and Sheri Brad and his wife decided to move back to TN. from Ga. and be closer to family. During this time Brad was ask to be a part of a great Country Grass project with Carolina Road. This project would lead to some big things like recording with some of Country music legends and getting to perform on stage with them as well. some of the artist that is on the project is Eddy Raven, John Anderson, John Conlee, Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson, Lee Greenwood, Crystal Gayle, The Kentucky Headhunters, Marty Rayon, Ronnie Reno, Jesse Keith Whitley, T.G. Sheppard. Being a part of this great collaboration of artist and music, Brad was able to sing and duet on the cd with John Conlee singing John's big number one hit from the 80's 'Common Man" Brad also got to sing a song he remembers his parents and grandparents playing on the radio as a young kid , the great hit " Rose Garden" by the late Ms. Lynn Anderson. It's been such a great blessing for Brad and his career to be a part of this amazing project. It has led to be able to do several new music videos in Nashville with the artist they did the project with and also the song they got to record with them. Summer of 2015, Brad rejoined Carolina Road to perform songs that he took part in from the Country Grass Project. Along with doing this great project, when Brad moved back to TN with his family, he was contacted by Dolly and her brother Randy and also Dollywood entertainment about joining their team and being a part of a show in the park called 'My People", that really talks about Dolly and her life and her music career. Dolly Parton is in the show on a massive big screen behind the cast and band. Where she sings and tells stories and interacts with her family in the show and other cast members. The show really capitalizes on Dolly and her family and how they grew up dirt poor in the smoky mountains, but how love, faith and music kept them all together. Brad now resides in Seymour, TN with his wife, Crystal, and children, Riley 9, Jordan 8, Caden 7, and Wesley 3.