Gary Braddy was born and raised in Tillery, North Carolina. Most of his creative influence comes from a deep appreciation for the sounds and writings of Merle Haggard. Although it was Randy Travis and Alan Jackson that turned his ear to country music at an early age, Gary discovered the teachings of Merle in his early 20's. He learned how to write a song, based on life experience, and deliver it with a reverence to the sounds that shaped his vocal stylings. He traveled over 48 states during his 20's. While enjoying everything the many roads had to offer, he was always in search of a way to get back to where he came from. He's always enjoyed playing live music and still does today in Washington, North Carolina, where he resides with his family of five.
He started playing piano at 5 years old. Listening to his dad's vinyl records and picking out notes on the piano was always a great way to pass the time. An old Harmony acoustic, given to him by his uncle, opened the door to a new direction. Given his first electric guitar at 13, he practiced for a couple years and formed his first band. Four years later, at the age of 19, he moved to Nashville in hopes of becoming a well known act. He opened for Gene Watson in Wichita Falls, Texas, Blackhawk in Denver, Colorado, Riders In The Sky in Pueblo, Colorado, and experienced the honor of singing with Vince Gill and Dawn Sears backstage at the Opry. Singing professional demos, playing on the road, and hustling for tips on Broadway led to his first published song on Music Row. But shortly after, the roads of life quickly carried him back home, to be with family.
After returning home, he joined a couple different bands, which led to his collaborative efforts with Eric Strickland and The B Sides. Without a doubt, participating in this original group of honky-tonkers has been his favorite musical endeavor to date. The band released 3 albums over a 5 year span, scoring award nominations in the Ameripolitan genre out of Austin, stellar reviews from the New York Times, Washington Post, and Savingcountrymusic.com. They frequently traveled from NC to the mid-west to cover the demand for fans of the underground movement.
Gary has released his first album "His Way Back Home" and is excited to share his favorite original works from the past 25 years.