4th Annual Maude Fest
March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm$20.00
Artist Line-up and Biography
Cliff Waddell was born and raised in Rolesville, North Carolina, Cliff was brought up listening to traditional country and bluegrass music. Given a guitar purchased at a flea market from his parents at the age of 3, Cliff’s childhood was spent going to bluegrass festivals and from there his musical ambitions grew. Cliff’s musical journey began by playing in several bluegrass bands, including The Hagar’s Mountain Boys -recording 2 albums before pursuing his solo career. Cliff’s passion for country music and Songwriting led to the release of his first solo country album in 2016, containing 3 singles released to radio which all appeared in the top 10 on various charts including Powersource Nashville, and Cashbox Magazine. His first single released titled “The Church Pew” gained him worldwide accreditation for his songwriting and modern day traditional country tone. Cliff is currently recording his second Album out of Nashville set to release summer of 2019 and is honored to have musicians that have appeared on several multi platinum albums for various artists from Alan Jackson to George Jones. Cliff’s songwriting and vocal talents led to his 2018 ICGMA nomination for Horizon Male Vocalist. Cliff is dedicated to keeping real country music alive and this always comes through in his voice tonality, songwriting, and performances.
Larry Frick is a singer, song writer, and entertainer from Louisburg NC who has a voice steeped in the rich traditions of country music. The traditions that weave stories and emotions into the very fabric of the songs that he writes and sings. Larry’s career started at one of country music’s best known clubs, The Longbranch Saloon, in Raleigh NC, and has since grown to include four career albums, including the latest EP “Country’s Back In Town”, a regular touring schedule in the southeast, an almost decade long spot on the artist roster of the world famous Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville TN, and has most recently started playing at Blake Shelton’s “Ole Red” venues in Nashville and Gatlinburg. Larry has also been the opening act for artists Jamey Johnson, Tracy Lawrence, Craig Morgan, Phil Vassar, Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line, Gary Allan, Jo Dee Messina, Joe Nichols, and more. An entertainer mixing the old with the new, people may try to label it but Larry Frick will carve a niche for himself in the fabric of country music.
Gary Braddy, born and raised in Tillery, NC, has been singing country music for over 30 years. He sang professional demos in Nashville, TN for 9 years and went on the road full time for 2 years, playing venues all over the country. He now resides in Washington, NC. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing acoustic shows at local taverns and events.
Phil Redmond, from Louisburg, North Carolina and is the younger brother to the late Robert G. Redmond whom served as a Law enforcement officer for the Town of Louisburg Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. Phil began his career back in 1976 as the piano player for the “Billy Crash Craddock” band. After four years of touring, appearances on television shows such as Hee Haw, Pop Goes the Country, and Good Ole Nashville Music, he moved to Texas and helped found the “Texas Tradition” band. They were voted three time winners of the “Texas Swing Band of the Year” and also were “Wrangler Jeans Band of the Year” for 1983. “Texas Tradition” was the house band for “The Wrangler Country Star search” which meant backing all the contestants in 49 states, and playing a three hour NBC- TV Special live on the Grand Ole Opry for the championship. The Country Music Hall of Fame honored them with a plaque inscribed thusly: “Texas Tradition traveled more miles and backed more contestants than anyone in the history of country music.” Phil wrote all the charts and did all the arrangements on this project. Over the years he has worked for some of the biggest names in country music such as Crystal Gayle, George Strait, Gene Watson, Earl Thomas Conley, Steve Wariner, Johnny Rodriguez, Billy Joe Royal, to name a few, and recently spent the better part of four years touring with Craig Morgan. Last year Phil played keys and harmonica for Pro Bull Riders Hall of Fame member Justin Mcbride and Curb Records artist Ronnie Mcdowell.
Eric Strickland is a singer/songwriter of traditional country and bluegrass music. He was born and raised in Four Oaks North Carolina. His music is an honest look at life’s ups and downs, strong family values and the pit falls of the other side of life.