Open Road


  • From Longmont, Colorado.
  • Call themselves “young traditionalists.”
  • Formed in 1999 by guitarist Brad Folk and mandolinist Caleb Roberts. Banjo player Jim Rummels joined in 2000.
  • Band name comes from a particular kind of Stetson Hat.
  • Lead singer Brad Folk is an actual cowboy.
  • 2000, released first album produced by Sally Van Meter.
  • 2002, released Cold Wind album (Rounder).
  • 2004, released In The Life album (Rounder).
  • 2005, released Lucky Drive album (Rounder).
  • 2012, Folk moved to Nashville and began performing as Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys. He showcased at IBMA the following year.