CHAD EDWARDS – LEAD VOCALS/GUITAR
A California native, Chad started his music ambitions by learning to play the fiddle at the early age of 10.
Inspired by life and circumstances, Chad wrote and produced his first full album of original songs by the age of 19. He organized his first band shortly after and played the Minnesota ‘Club’ venues for many years. Marriage and two beautiful daughters forced music to take ‘second chair’ to work and providing for his family, but his drive for writing and playing the music he loved continued.
Now back on the scene, the National recording and touring artist, guitarist and songwriter is based in Minneapolis and doing what he loves. Never to be mainstream, Chad has his own distinct style, with a voice that has been likened to George Strait and a rockin’ show compared to Aldean.
SAM DE LEON – LEAD GUITAR
Sam is no stranger to the midwest country music scene. With 10 years of picking lead under his belt, he’s played with more a few Midwest bands. His influences span a variety of artists, but his true love lies in “real” country like Hank, Roy and Cash. While he loves the challenge of covering modern guitar greats like Brad Paisley and Keith Urban – he’s just as happy creating new guitar riffs for the band’s originals. If you get a chance, ask him to teach you how to two-step, you won’t be disappointed.
MIKE WOLFRAM – BASS GUITAR/VOCALS
Mike has been playing bass guitar for 20 years and for 7 years professionally in the Midwest. Also a student at McNally Smith he studied with many of fantastic players and instructors. He enjoys and plays all styles of music, specializing in country, and rock. He has been seen with
such acts as Shirts and Skins, Bitter Roots, Finnegan’s Revenge and many more. With a drive and a passion for music, Michael brings high energy, fabulous backup vocals and a bit of quirky humor to the stage.
MATTHEW FOX – BASS GUITAR/VOCALS/MANDOLIN/LAP-STEEL
Matthew Fox is a guitarist and songwriter whose Georgia and Texas roots run deep. He has steeped himself in a variety of styles from acoustic blues to swing and his acclaimed originals are rooted in the great Texas story-song tradition. Matthew has appeared on stages, radio programs and at workshops throughout the US, United Kingdom and Scandinavia and has recently released a 6-song solo EP of all-new, all-original songs to follow up his previous 2 releases, “Pilgrim” (2002) and “Tall Tales & Plain Lies” (2004).
CHAD MARKS – PERCUSSION
A Chad started out playing and experiencing his first gigs at a young age in various bars and clubs around Southern Minnesota and recorded with his first project in Minneapolis when he was 17.
Soon after graduation, he relocated to Southern California where he was stationed as an active United States Marine from 1998-2002. Directly following, he spent many years gaining experience by collaborating and preforming with a wide range of genres, projects and artist’s based out of Los Angeles and San Diego.
With a humble rural upbringing and an appreciation for all forms of roots music, one cannot deny their affection for Jennings, Jones, Hank, Haggard and Cash and upon moving back to his home state, found himself seeking opportunities to explore Minnesota country.
By blending modern and classic country back-beats with honest energy, Chad rounds out the rhythm section for The Chad Edwards Band.