Shane Norman was born and raised in Hazel Green Alabama. He grew up listening to all types of music but when it came time choose an instrument he gravitated toward the mandolin. Shane began his musical journey playing and singing with the Bluegrass Gospel group The Soul Pickers. The Soul Pickers would later go on to sign with Blue Circle Records owned by Miss Dixie and Tom T Hall. Later he tried his hand with other bands some of which were the Gary Waldrop Band and Cornbread Red. Shane is a founding member of the Judge Talford Band and also handles the day to day business for the band. Shane looks forward to hitting the road with this new configuration of The Judge Talford Band.
Michelle Bailey is a vocalist, Fiddler and songwriter born and raised in south of Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a strong performer and gifted musician. Jamie Glaser, arranger and producer out ...of LA, says "Michelle is a season musician. Her vocal sensitivity and attention to phrasing makes her the expressive artist that she is."
The first official project that Michelle was a member of what the River Ranch band,.When River Ranch came to a close in 2002, her brother, Marc took a solo direction and Michelle followed him playing fiddle and singing backup vocals on all his shows. Together they toured the Mountain West having many opportunities to play for some of the great names in country music, including: Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Diamond Rio, Bo Bice, Susie Boguss, Sawyer Brown, restless heart, Phil Vassar, Deanna Carter, Little Texas, Gary Allen, The Little River Band, Brian White, Earl Thomas Conley, Highway 101, .38 special just to name a few.
She is also now a member of the Judge Talford Band as a fiddler and singer, and is loving every minute being able to play music with the guys! .
Michael Williams brings the harmony vocals and booming bass to anchor the band. From southern gospel, country, and bluegrass music. Michael's experience is as vast as they come. His time with Bluegrass legend Charlie Cline and the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers to be one of his favored gigs. He gives credit to Charlie Cline for a priceless musical experience and education. Michael also spent some time with the country band Sawmill Road and is also known for his awesome song writing abilities. We are honored to have him as part of the Judge Talford family.
Blake Johnson is from Oneonta, AL. He began his music career at 10 years old by playing drums and singing baritone for the Faithmen Quartet, which was a well known group in North Alabama. He then picked up guitar, bass, and piano in the the years to follow.
He began playing bluegrass about three years ago after going to SPBGMA in Nashville. Since the n, he's been in several bluegrass bands but is now returning to his roots with The Judge Talford Band.
He's looking forward to a great journey with the band and is excited about playing some great music with some great people.
Born and raised in Alabama, Daniel's passion for music prompted him to learn an instrument and at the age of 13 he started drumming. At 14 he discovered a talent for guitar playing... as well. Playing hard rock tunes by the likes of Ozzy, AC/DC and Black Sabbath. At age 16, Daniel made the critical decision to embrace the banjo and since then has made a name for himself touring around the globe with Hank lll as well as many session recordings for various artist. Now Daniel will be joining forces with the Judge Talford Band playing his signature style banjo.