Artist Chuck Mead started his career leading several 80s cult bands around his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas. But his real success came when he moved to Nashville and co-founded the 90s alternative country quintet BR549. Over the band’s career, they would release seven albums, be nominated for three Grammys and win the Country Music Association’s Award for Best Overseas Touring Act. When the BR took a break, Mead formed The Hillbilly All-Stars, which featured members of the band The Mavericks. During that same period, he also co-produced tribute albums to both Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University and became a staff writer at one of Nashville’s top song publishers.
In 2009, Mead released his solo debut album, Journeyman’s Wager, as well as toured clubs, concert halls and international rock, country and rockabilly festivals with his band, The Grassy Knoll Boys. His newest album, Back at the Quonset Hut, was recorded at the same Quonset Hut Studio where artists like Patsy Cline, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and other big names in the music industry recorded some of their greatest tracks.
Mead was also the music director for the Broadway smash Million Dollar Quartet, for which he crafted music arrangements, supervised musical performances for its 2008 Chicago opening, created new music material for its Tony-winning Broadway run and oversaw the music for its 2011 premiere at London’s Noël Coward Theatre.