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Birth Place: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Years Active: 1993—present
Genres: Country, Rockabilly, Western Swing, Alternative Country

BR549 (originally spelled BR5-49) is an American country music band. Founded in 1993, the band originally comprised Gary Bennett (lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar), Don Herron (steel guitar, Dobro, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar), "Smilin'" Jay McDowell (upright bass), Chuck Mead (lead band background vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar), and "Hawk" Shaw Wilson (drums, background vocals). Bennett and McDowell left the band in 2001, with Chris Scruggs and Geoff Firebaugh respectively replacing them. Both Firebaugh and Scruggs later left the band as well; Mark Miller has become the band's third bassist. BR549 has released six albums and two EPs, including three albums on Ari... Continue Bio >>

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