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About the video
Athens, Ala. bluegrass star Bradley Walker turns out an impressive performance
of his single "Payin' Your Dues" on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.
About the artist
Bradley Walker grew up in Athens, Ala., raised in a family that loved music.
When he was 3 years old, his parents took him to a local Oak Ridge Boys
concert. Backstage, he sang "Elvira" to the quartet. When he was 10, his family
brought him to the Oak Ridge Boys' fan club party. This time, he sang "Elvira"
with the quartet. The group was so impressed that the following year he was
invited to appear on the national cable show Nashville Now with the Oaks.
Walker was born with muscular dystrophy and has been in a wheelchair his
whole life. The Muscular Dystrophy Association heard about Walker's
appearance on Nashville Nowand spotlighted him the following year on the Jerry
Lewis MDA telethon. After graduating from high school, Walker started playing
dance halls with a band.
One of his bandmates, Ray Edwards, turned him onto bluegrass music and
Walker quickly became a fan of the genre. They formed the Trinity Mountain
Boys with brothers Tim, Scotty and Kirk Terry, the nephews of fiddler Gordon
Terry. The band debuted at a bluegrass festival staged in Pulaski, Tenn., in
Former Sawyer Brown member Bobby Randall spotted Walker at a bluegrass
festival and asked him to come to Nashville to sing song demos. This was his
introduction to the recording studio. In 1999, the Trinity Mountain Boys
self-produced their album, Breaking New Ground.
The Atlanta-based bluegrass group Lost Horizon invited Walker to become its
lead singer in 2001, so he began commuting to Georgia for rehearsals. The
group took second place at a bluegrass convention in Nashville that year, and
Lost Horizon was invited to appear on the Jerry Lewis telethon. Walker believes
his performance of "Big Spike Hammer" was the first time bluegrass music was
presented on the long-running annual telecast.
In 2002, IIIrd Tyme Out invited him to appear with them at the Grand Ole Opry
where he sang the Jimmy Martin classic "Drink Up and Go Home" and drew a
He has since been on the Opry several more times as the guest of close friend
and fellow bluegrass singer Alecia Nugent and country artists Vince Gill and
Mark Wills. In 2002, Walker went to work at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in
northern Alabama. He is a material analyst there, supporting warehouse
inventory and purchasing. In 2006, he released his debut on Rounder Records,
Highway of Dreams, produced by Carl Jackson.