MEET THE BAND

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GEORGE DEARBORNE

VOCALS AND GUITAR

George Dearborne was born to play music.  From an early age, he was fascinated with the dance hall music that made Ray Price, Merle Haggard, and George Strait household names in Texas. He started his first band at age 15, and by 18 he was fronting his first dance band.  By the early 1990s, Cutter’s Club in Beaumont had turned out country stars like Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd and Clay Walker.  George was set to be the next one when family matters derailed his efforts. Fast forward to 2016, and a new band with a new energy has driven George into a new and exciting direction, playing the dance halls and clubs of the Red Dirt Road.  George Dearborne is back ... and better than ever!

LARRY TILLERY

GUITAR

Larry started playing guitar at the age of nine. A lifelong lover of classic country and Blues who lists B.B. King as his main influence, Larry has played in a number of bands before becoming a member of the George Dearborne and Branded family.

 

 

ARTHUR LEE FORD

ELECTRIC BASS

A Silsbee native who started his career at 15 in a three-piece band, Arthur started playing in honky-tonks just one year later. His background taught him about country and swamp pop, and he played with several bands. In 1990, he became a firefighter, a career he pursued for 26 years, playing music the whole time. He retired from firefighting in 2016, in just enough time to join George Dearborne and Branded... and hasn't looked back, since!  His musical influences include Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zepplin, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Elvis and the Beatles.

DAVID YOUNG

KEYBOARD

A master musician who began piano lessons at just six years old, David has been playing in  rock and jazz bands since his high school days. His interest in country music began in the nineties. Named the Texas CMA's Keyboard Player of the Year in 2017, David's work has been featured in many different shows. From 1996 - 2012, he was a member of the bands Key West and Hanna's Reef. Now he plays with George Dearborne and Branded. 

DAVID VARNADO

FIDDLE


Born and raised in Groves, Texas, this top-notch Texas fiddle player has been on the road as a professional musician since the age of 14. A two-time nominee for the ACM Fiddle Player of the Year award and Gulf Coast Museum Music Hall of Fame Inductee, David has played with Loretta Lynn, Neil McCoy and Chris Ledoux. 

TODD HOLLIER

DRUMS

Originally from Nederland, Texas, Todd Hollier has been a drummer for many years. He has worked with local and Texas country bands including Pure Texas, Texas Revolution and Skeeter Jones and The Beer Can Band, as well as having a long tenure with the swamp pop group Eazy. Todd is very excited to be back playing traditional country music with the high-caliber musicians George has gathered to form Branded, and says he is thrilled to be a part of this talented group.

DOUG CHILDRESS

STEEL GUITAR

Doug Childress has been playing music since his mother enrolled him in piano lessons at the age of six. In high school, he taught himself to play guitar and played gigs until joining the Air Force where he played folk music throughout the Southwest and at USO shows. He formed his own country band and opened shows for T.G. Shephard, John Wesley Ryles, Johnny Paycheck, as well as doing several Louisiana Hayride appearances. Doug has been playing pedal steel guitar for 18 years, and studied with Jeff Newman and Maurice Anderson. His influences are Buddy Emmons and John Huey. He is now happy to call himself a member of this band. 

 

 

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