Hudson’s Solo Flight

Former Sideline Member Goes It Alone for Next New Heartbreak CD

By Stephen Pitalo

As a youngster, North Carolina-born singer/songwriter Brad Hudson was just really intrigued with the guitar.


“It came with seeing older guys play in our church, and local groups that would come and sing as well,” Hudson said. “I also think it was very calming and relaxing as I grew older to sit around and play and write songs.”


Hudson may have come from humble beginnings, but he’s worked alongside country music veterans such as Dolly Parton, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, and until recently, he served as a member of the band Sideline. An accomplished musician in his own right, Hudson recently launched his own solo career with a new CD, Next New Heartbreak, noting that his time with Carolina Road was an education in itself.


“I had always been a fan of their music growing up and seen them at live shows,” Hudson explained about his early affinity of Carolina Road. “Lorraine always would invite me up to play or jam with them so she kind of took me under her wing. There’s always been a great bond between the band and me. We have a great friendship that goes back for years, and I wouldn’t trade for anything. We have made some great music together, and I’m thankful for all the opportunities that Lorraine and the guys have given me over the years.”


Having learned a lot by working with top notch musicians and producers in country music, Hudson credits his period working in Dollywood and soaking up that wholesome family atmosphere as a time of great lessons in his career, as well as his life.


“Being a part of Dolly’s brother Randy’s band for years, as well as Dolly and her family, was a big highlight for me in my career. They have such a great understanding for the music industry, how it works, and what it takes to make it work. I am close friends with the Parton family and I appreciate everything Dolly, Randy and all of them have done for me. Dollywood is known as the friendliest place in the Smokies, and I can tell you personally, it’s just that. I’m so blessed to have been a part of such a great team, and also thankful that Dolly thought enough of me to be a part of my new CD as well.” Dolly appears on Hudson’s album on a song called “Appalachian Memories”


Hudson said that the decision to leave the band Sideline and go solo was not a difficult one.  


“Going into it, I was upfront that my goal was to do my own thing one day. I was in the process of signing my first record deal with Pinecastle Records when I joined the band. It just came to the point that I needed to focus on me, and my career that was getting busier as time went on. I prayed about it and it worked itself out for me to part from the band, and as a result, doors opened that wouldn’t have if I had stayed, so I’m very grateful for the support that I’ve received going forward in this new venture.’


Hudson also noted that, as with all material, some songs go over better than others, but he has his favorites to play live.


“I love playing something with a great groove and that moves well,” he admitted, “and I’d have to say my favorite one to play live right now is  ‘I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound’ – but they are all fun to play live, and I really enjoy seeing folks reaction to our music.”

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