BRIAN WOOTEN

 

Brian Wooten was born in Waukegan, Illinios, in 1954. With his father being being in the Navy, he moved around quite a lot and his family ended up being transferred to Beeville, Texas, when he was in fifth grade. It was there that he first began his love affair with the guitar after receiving one for his 12th birthday.

He played locally with the band Afternoon Tea and regionally with the band Wootsie. After graduating high shcool in 1972, he moved to Austin, Texas. By 1973, he had replaced Stevie Ray Vaughan as lead guitarist for the band Stump, whose members included Tom Holden and Jeff Clark. In 1973, he and Tom and Jeff started the band Too Smooth, soon to be joined by fellow Beevillian Danny Swinney, and he stayed with the band until 1981. He soon joined some joined some of his fellow Too Smooth band mates and began playing with 14K for several years. He also played with Christian artist Phillip Sandifer for two years while still living in Austin.

In January of 1987, Brian moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and toured with the gospel quartet The Imperials for two years. He left them in 1989 to join the famous Christian rock band Whiteheart and with them he toured the world for the next five years. He played guitar on five of their CDs during that time: Powerhouse, Tales of Wonder, Highlands, Nothing But The Best and Inside. He left them in 1995 to pursue a career in songwriting and producing.

He soon became a highly sought-after studio musician. He wrote for and played guitar on three of Petra's albums: No Doubt, God Fixation and Double Take. He played on numerous demo sessions and custom records with such artists as Whitecross, Joe Beck, The Martins, Nikki Leonti, Wendy Willis and many others.

Living in Nashville, he inevitably began playing and touring with country artists such as Shana Petrone, Paul Brandt and Chris Cagle. In 2005, he was asked to join Trace Atkins' band. With Trace, he has performed on The Grand Ole Opry numerous times, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CD USA, Emeril Live, Fox News, Celebrity Apprentice, specials on television networks GAC and CMT, and on XM and Sirius Radio. The Trace Atkins' band recently performed for United States soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, which was taped, and the documentary of their trip overseas was aired on GAC television until the end of 2008.

Brian married his wife, Sherry, in January of 1986. Together they have a daughter, Taryn, born in 1987, and a son, Kyler, born in 1989. Brian and his family live in Nashville, Tennessee, and he continues to perform with Trace Atkins.

“Although I have lived in Nashville longer than I lived in Austin, I still feel like I am coming home whenever I get to Austin -- especially when it is for a Too Smooth reunion. The guys in Too Smooth sort of 'grew up' together musically speaking, and playing with Jeff, Dany and Tom both onstage and off were some of the greatest times of my life. I always look forward to an opportunity to visit with 'the family' and our fans again. I've been blessed in my life with a beautiful wife, two wonderful children, an incredible career, and fantastic friends and band mates. I can't wait to see you all again soon!” -- Brian

 

 

 

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