Brantley Kearns (Fiddle) was born and raised in North Carolina. He began playing violin at age four and continued classical training on the instrument from grammar school through high school. By the age of 10 he was starting to play traditional fiddle tunes of the Southeast, learning “first hand” from veteran fiddle players at local square dances where his father was a frequent caller and dance promoter. While studying drama at S.F. State College, he became a part of the bluegrass music scene in the Bay Area of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Soon after moving to Los Angeles in ’73, he received a call to join the David Bromberg Band in New York. Returning to LA in late ‘76, he was soon working with numerous country bands during the heyday of the original Urban Cowboy era. He also toured with Bobbi Gentry and Jim Stafford during this period. Brantley recorded and toured with Dwight Yoakam’s original band from ’84 to ’88. He has also toured and recorded with Billy Joe Shaver, Dave Alvin, Heather Myles, and Rick Shea.