BR549 (originally spelled BR5-49) was an American country music band. Founded in 1993, the band originally comprised Gary Bennett (lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar), Don Herron (steel guitar, Dobro, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar), Smilin Jay McDowell (upright bass), Chuck Mead (lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar), and Hawk Shaw Wilson (drums, background vocals). Bennett and McDowell left the band in 2001, with Chris Scruggs and Geoff Firebaugh respectively replacing them. Both Firebaugh and Scruggs later left the band as well; Mark Miller has become the bands third bassist. The name of the band is an homage to comedian Junior Samples.BR549 has released six albums and two EPs, including three albums on Arista Nashville and two on Dualtone Records. The bands self-titled debut album produced three singles on the Billboard country charts in 1996. The band was nominated three times for the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
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