played mandolin with the Georgia bluegrass group, Pony
Express, for a span of over 30 years! Brad first assembled this group together in college (ABAC) in 1979.
He also played mandolin with the Atlanta-based bluegrass group Cedar
Hill for 26 years beginning in 1983. Other bands which
Brad has performed with include The
Incorrigible String Band (bass), The Bluegrass
All-Stars (mandolin), The
Slackey Family Band (mandolin & electric mandolin), Whoa
Nelly (mandolin), Super String Theory (banjo), The
Rex Mill Ramblers (banjo, pedal steel, guitar), The
Curtis Jones Band (bass),
and The Mosier
Band (bass). He presently plays upright bass with The Pluck Tones.
During his college years he hosted a weekly bluegrass radio program on WABR called "Bluegrass, Etc." He
has recorded several albums, has been a mandolin, banjo, upright
bass and guitar teacher since 1982 and is an alumnus of the Atlanta
Mandolin Society Orchestra in which he played mandola and mandocello.
Brad has built several mandolins and a wall full of old-time fretless
banjos over the years.
has written 11 bluegrass instruction books including the popular Mandolin
Master Class, The
Mandolin Handbook and The Flint Hill Scrolls. He is a songwriter and has composed over 50
bluegrass songs and instrumentals. Brad has written and "starred"
in over 70 instructional videos and DVDs.
Brad created free websites which have taught zillions of people how to play mandolin, bluegrass banjo, clawhammer banjo, bluegrass guitar and dulcimer.
was inducted into the Hall of Honor of the Atlanta Country Music
Hall of Fame in 2004. He is a charter member of The
Ancient Order of the Mandolin and served as their first M.E.M.
Reknowned for his warped cornball humor, cowboy poetry and railroad conductor-like devotion to clockwork entertainment, Brad is also available to MC your bluegrass festival! He excels at announcing cars with their lights left on, finding lost parents, and plugging the vendors and CD tables. You can't believe everything you read in the paper, but this true. Festival organizers can contact Brad directly.
an effort to simplify his life, Brad and his family made the decision
to relocate to a small farm in South Georgia. In addition
to his performing and teaching, is a video editor, author, piano
flintknapper, pecan picker, gardener, donkey herdsman and tends a flock of laying