After leading several popular '80s cult bands in and around his hometown of Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck Mead landed on Nashville's Lower Broadway where he co-founded the famed '90s Alternative Country quintet BR549. The band's seven albums, three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association Award for Best Overseas Touring Act would build an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide.
With the band on hiatus, Chuck formed The Hillbilly All-Stars, featuring members of The Mavericks, co-produced popular tribute albums to 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 he released his acclaimed solo debut album, Journeyman's Wager, and toured clubs, concert halls and international Rock, Country and Rockabilly festivals with his band The Grassy Knoll Boys.
As Music Director for the Broadway smash Million Dollar Quartet, Chuck began crafting the music arrangements during the show's original Daytona and Seattle workshop productions, supervised the musical performances for its 2008 Chicago opening, created new music material for the show's Tony-winning Broadway run, produced the original cast album and oversaw the music for its smash 2011 premiere at London's Noel Coward Theater.
Chuck's 2012 album Back At The Quonset Hut was recorded at Nashville's legendary Quonset Hut Studio where Patsy Cline, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and more cut some of country's greatest tracks. The album of classic covers featured members of Music Row's original "A Team" studio musicians as well as guest appearances by Old Crow Medicine Show, Elizabeth Cook, Jamey Johnson and Bobby Bare. He followed it up with 2014's Free State Serenade, a Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys album.
From a Nashville Lower Broadway club to New York City's Broadway stage, Chuck says, "It's been incredibly liberating to do all these things I've never done before."
"It's been incredibly liberating to do all these things I've never done before."