BR5-49 reunion with the original lineup

The legendary BR5-49 reunited with all five original members for the first time in a dozen years at PH Balanced Recordings to record A Truck Stop Christmas for our Christmas album. It was written specifically for this project by founding member Gary Bennett. The lyrics tell the story of a truck driver trying to make his way home for Christmas to be with his family and winds up being stranded at a truck stop on Christmas Eve due to a snowstorm closing down the highway. The original lineup reformed in the studio with a little push from Phil Harris and Don Herron to record a song for the project. This track documents their first recording together with the original lineup since 2001. Founded in 1993, the band originally comprised Gary Bennett (vocals, guitar), Don Herron (steel guitar, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar), “Smilin’” Jay McDowell (upright bass), Chuck Mead (vocals, guitar), and “Hawk” Shaw Wilson (drums, vocals). BR5-49 has released 8 records, including three albums on Arista Nashville and two on Dualtone Records. The band’s self-titled debut album produced three singles on the Billboard Country charts in 1996. The band was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards. They may just be the best band to ever come out of Nashville. Long Live BR5-49.


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