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JJ Taylor

Lead Vocals/ Guitar




   JJ Taylor, born James Walter Taylor, Jr. on January 18, 1988 in Gravette, Arkansas, knew at a young age that he wanted to be a songwriter. At the ripe young age of 10, he had his first poem published in the Teachers Anthology of Poetry. A couple of years later, JJ joined the school band and began learning to play drums and other percussion instruments. Half way through that school year, JJ purchased a "C" harmonica during a field trip to Silver Dollar City, just outside of Branson, Missouri, and was later given a guitar from his Mom and Dad for his birthday. JJ took on the challenge of learning as many instruments as possible, writing and recording songs along the way. JJ Taylor played in a variety of bands through the years winning local, regional, and national band competitions, and has found his niche in country music. In 2011 JJ co-founded Bourbon Highway and in October 2012, JJ Taylor performed in Nashville, Tennessee at the Independent Music Festival. While in Nashville, JJ became a registered songwriter with performance rights group Broadcast Music, Inc, more commonly known as BMI. JJ performs several shows each year, both solo and with Bourbon Highway.

 

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Jon Buckhorn

Bass Guitar/ Vocals



   Jon Buckhorn was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma on August 21, 1985 to James and Linda Buckhorn.  Jon was raised in church at Victory Chapel with his Uncle Ben and the pastor, Randall Cummings.  Jon became interested in music from listening to his parents sing in church. From there, his musical influences expanded to include The Beatles, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney LaRue, Jason Boland, Cliff Burton, and Jason Newsted.

   At age 14, Jon, along with his brother Rod and cousin Reuben, started a gospel band and named themselves Guardian Angel.  While playing with Guardian Angel, Jon played church revivals playing in Oklahoma and New Mexico.

   After two years playing gospel music, Guardian Angel decided to try something new.  Jon, Rod, and Reuben changed their style taking a modern approach on southern rock with a bluesy twist, known today as red-dirt music.

   With a new genre, also came a new name thus Native Circle was born and Guardian Angel was no more.  While playing with his new red-dirt band, Native Circle, Jon had the distinct privilege of opening for 90s country great: Confederate Railroad in 2003, and in 2006, Jon and Native Circle opened for legendary red-dirt band Jason Boland and the Stragglers.

   Jon loves to play country, blues, gospel, and he loves to ROCK HARD with Bourbon Highway!

 

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 Tristan Lee Taylor

Drums
 
   Tristan Lee Taylor was born November 10, 1995 in Fayetteville, AR and is the younger brother of lead singer JJ Taylor.  Amazingly enough, Tristan started learning to play drums on the video-game: Rockband and decided he would like to try his skills out professionally.  Tristan plays keyboard and guitar as well but has definitely found his niche behind a set of drums.

   Tristan played as a studio musician with Infinite Sound Supply and played several live shows with The Captain and the Kid before joining Bourbon Highway.  Though Bourbon Highway is a country music group, Tristan is also right at home playing Metallica, Rush, and Green Day tunes.  He has brought his love for music and talent for applying double-bass rock beats to Bourbon Highway's grunge-country sound helping to give this band an even more unique twist on the red-dirt/ country style.

   Tristan is the "baby" of the band, but don't let that fool you.  This guy can tear up the skins with the best of 'em.  Tristan has competed twice in the world-famous Guitar Center Drum-off gaining a stunning amount of fans and a ton of exposure.  His influences include Neil Peart of Rush, Tre Cool of Green Day, The Rev-- formerly of Avenged Sevenfold, and Alex Van Halen of... you guessed it--VAN HALEN!  If you haven't had a chance to see Tristan perform live yet, you definitely need to get yourself out to the nearest Bourbon Highway concert and see this drum-beating, stick-spinning, rhythmic genius in action!!!