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Full Legal Name: Tad Everett Freezeland

Birthdate: November 18, 1969

Instruments You Can Play: Guitar, Synth, Drums, Mandolin, Bass, Dobro, Recorder, Kazoo

First time you remember wanting to be a musician: My dad played guitar when I was a kid. When I was about 7 he saw me messing around with his guitar, so he showed me how to play "Ghost Riders in the Sky," which was like the "Stairway to Heaven" of the time. When I was 9 my parents bought me a drum kit. Much to their dismay, I made trade with a kid down the street: my full Remo drum kit for a cheap guitar and amp. When Dad found out, he said, "Then you'll learn how to play, I guarantee it!" So I did. I don't ever remember any one moment when I thought, 'THAT'S what I want to do!' I was kinda born into it since my Dad played bass and Mom sang in so many bands when I was a kid.

Formal Training: Not on guitar. I had drum lessons for about 2 1/2 years when I was 10.

Past Bands:
Awesome 3 - 1982
Taylorville Country Opry with my Mom - 1983
Stop - 1984
Decades - 1984
Creeton - 1985
Bum's Rush - 1986
Latem - 1987-88
Plain Jane - 1990
Tripsphere - 1994
Runnin' On Empty - 1999
Doc Cherry - 2000
I founded Black N Blue in 2003
and Jackie Lawson and her Hillbilly Rockstars in May 2006
I've always thought of starting a punk band called Suicidal Fish or a polka band so I could call it Polka Yer Eyes Out. I just think those would be good band names...

Music Mentors/Influences: Eric Johnson, Wes Morland, Chet Atkins, Ted Nugent, Merle Haggard, Eddie Van Halen.
My parents constantly played classic country records when I was growing up and gave me an appreciation for country legends like Tammy Wynett, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, George Jones, etc.

Funniest Road Moment: O

Favorite CD: Ever? That's too tough. I have aton of CD's I really enjoy. Alice N Chains, VanHalen, Eric Johnson, Tenacious D, Merle Haggard...

Most Embarrassing CD in your Collection: Village People

Current Ringtone: Van Halen's "Runnin with the Devil"

Favorite Quote: "Lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part."

Favorite TV Shows Growing Up: Dukes of Hazzard, Family Ties, Hee Haw

Favorite Move: Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, Casino, E.T.

Your Biggest Flaw: Beauty.

One-Word Description of your Bandmates:
Jackie -- Energetic
Mike -- Fun
Jon -- Thinker

Embarrassing Moment: I

Hardest Thing about Being on the Road: G