I was born in Spur Texas. My music life started at the age of twenty. Coming from a gospel background and a family of twelve children, there was always music in our home. My folks played and sang all of my young life. I was blessed with the talent to sing and later learned to play. I have been lucky enough to learn from the work with some very fine musicians. This has been the greatest ride anyone could have ever wished for. In 1992 I, along with the most supporting wife of 37 years, Linda, moved to Branson Missouri. It was there our lives truly changed. I was blessed to be hired in 1996 by Charley Pride. I am truly thankful for such a wonderful chance to work for such great folks. For the last 12 years I've been one of the Pridesmen. What a gift!
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I was born Jerry Daniel Hutchins Jr., in Oak Ridge Tennessee. I grew up very interested in music. I started playing piano at age 2, began playing the drums at age 6, then moved on to guitar at age 8. My sister Holly took piano lessons but didn't like it and soon gave up. I started to playing bass professionally at age 13. I graduated high school in 1997 and joined Charley soon thereafter as the keyboard player. When not working with the Pridesmen, I enjoy various other gigs and write songs. It is a great ride.
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My first legitimate music study began at age 5. After constant 'tapping and banging', my parents agreed I should be turned over to the Professor of Percussion at Baylor University (Waco, Texas) for some proper channeling. Forty years later, I'm still tapping and hitting things. I've been the featured drummer and vocalist with The President's USAF Headquarters Band, the Air Force Band of New England, and a myriad of performance arenas throughout the globe. It's been a joy to share stages with so many who inspire me. I am passionate about instruction and am kept busy with clinics, seminars, and all things related to musical study. I currently operate two venues of private instruction when not touring with Charley. My true slice of heaven resides anywhere there's family. Maria and I are fortunate to have constant contact with kids, grand kids, and family members scattered abroad. Annually, we pop over for family visits in Italy, Argentina, Chile etc. A very pleasant reminder that ours' continues to be a glorious life.
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I've been making my living in the music business for over 35 years. After graduating from Dallas Baptist University, I worked as a marketing executive at Six Flags Over Texas and soon realized that playing music was what I was really meant to do. I was fortunate enough to land in various recording studios and played on many national jingles an commercials. I was asked to record with LeAnn Rimes on the Grammy Award winning album "Blue", which led to the oppotunity to tour with her playing guitar, harmonica and singing backup. I had the pleasure of perfoming on the Tonight Show, David Letterman and the Grand Ole Opry. I have three wonderful and talented kids, Benny, Hunter and Noah along with a beautiful wife, Krista (I pinch myself every day) who happens to be a phenomenal singer herself. She is also a contemporary worship leader. Working behind Charley and being part of The Pridesmen is absolutely icing on the cake!
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I started playing music with my family, The Kalson Family Band, at the age of 6. We were very fortunate to travel all over the United States and Canada opening fro many Country Stars.
I have worked with Janie Fricke and Neal McCoy. I performed in the Country Tonite Show "Always Patsy Cline" ang Gilley's in Las Vegas.
Now I am Back in Texas with my wonderful fiance, Apryl. I was ecstatic to get a call to audition for Charley, and now here, I am very happy to be the the newest Pridesman!
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I was born in San Diego, California. My mother loved the steel guitar and took me for lessons at the young age of 5 years. When I was 19 I moved to Denver CO, playing the club circuit for many years. I moved to Dallas TX in January 1993 to join the Pride family. Six months later, my wife Ginger and son Nick joined me. We have a daughter, Dawn, granddaughters, Merit, Abbie, Briana, and sons, Michael and Dustin. When not being a Pridesmen, I work with a few DFW bands and also do a few steel guitar shows around the country. Ginger and I enjoy traveling to Europe, cruising, and visiting family. We are truly blessed, and have a wonderful life.
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