Alabama native Barry Waldrep grew up in a world of Bluegrass performing with his father James Waldrep on the festival circuit from the age of 6.
As a teenager he starting paying his dues in the honky tonks around the south after being heavily influenced by the southern rock sounds of The Allman Brothers Band.
In his twenty’s he founded the Jam Band Rollin’ in the Hay, a fusion of Bluegrass and Southern Rock, touring together for 16 years. Since leaving the band in May 2009, he has toured and recorded with some of the best in the business.
Music is my life “Waldrep says” I have never known what it’s like not to play music. It has always been there as far back as I can remember. It’s not about anything other than loving what I do. The road is a strange place to live your life, but the happiness music brings, makes is all worth while.
Waldrep has 3 solo releases, 7 with Rollin’ in the Hay, and 21 bluegrass tribute CD’s with CMH records in Los Angeles. He also collaborated with heavy metal guitarist Jacob Bunton to write and produce the release “Six Ways til Sunday”. In addition he appears on The Zac Brown Band “Pass the Jar” CD & DVD, along with Kid Rock & Little Big Town. “Album #2” Joey & Rory, “The 25th Anniversary Celebration” Randy Travis, and his latest project Barry Waldrep & The Band of Brothers & Sisters. A live double CD set of all the music he has played throughout his career, with many guest performers.
He has a long resume of recording credits with many great artists, but what Waldrep loves most is performing on stage with great players, and creating on the spur of the moment. That’s when the magic happens. “Waldrep says” Growing up playing bluegrass, it was structured in many ways, but then improvisational as well. This is demonstrated with Barry in every show.
Barry Waldrep is the musician’s musician, and is respected by all who take the stage with him. Throughout his career he has performed with some of his hero’s in music. Bill Monroe, Tony Rice, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, John Cowan and many others. But his father was his biggest, as he paved the way by teaching him to play, along with the ropes of the road. This is obvious when you listen to Barry’s tribute to his late father “The Man I Am Today” on the recent Band Of Brothers & Sisters release. “Barry says” He taught me at a very young age of what not to do if you are in the music business and on the road, and that has been as valuable as being able to play my instruments.
Waldrep occasionally performs with Allman Brothers Bassist Oteil Burbridge who also has a Bluegrass/Jam Band background. The two of them together plow down the boundaries of the musical walls for sure.
Barry Waldrep is a blazing instrumentalist on many instruments, and bonds with the road and the stage. As a side man with others or performing with his own band, it is sure to be a great performance.