Chad Cathell

Lead Guitar & Acoustic Guitar

Chad “Guitar Man” Cathell, the newest member of the Rhinestone Mafia, is originally from Grafton, West Virginia, and has loved playing music and performing for folks ever since he was a kid. Born into a musical family, Chad began playing drums when he was 5, and eventually picked up the guitar at age 16.

“Everybody in my family played, so we had a family band,” Chad said. ‚ÄúThen when I got older, I played up and down the east coast, doing classic country, modern country and even a little rock and roll.”

After spending several years as a mechanic specialist working on aircraft, working as a car salesman and performing on the road, Chad moved to Nashville in 2015 to give his full-time music career a shot.

“I was playing Broadway (in Nashville) every day, and doing a little work on the road,” Chad said. “Then I did a show with the Oak Ridge Boys, and a mutual friend of Mike Patrick saw me, knew they were looking for a new guitarist, and passed my number along.”

Even though Chad had never visited Branson, he was fully aware of both the town, as well as the shows at Grand Country thanks to his childhood friend and former Rhinestone Mafia guitarist, Matt Hanshaw.

“I grew up with Matt back home, and it’s kind of funny that I have his old job,” Chad said with a laugh.

After getting a call from Mike, Chad hopped on a plane and flew out to Branson for an audition. After “nailing the audition,” Mike pretty much hired him on the spot. Even though Chad is new to the Branson scene, as well as Grand Country, he’s already settling into his new life in Ozark Mountain Country.

“I love it here! Branson reminds me of my little town back home, especially working at Grand Country,” he said. “It feels like a big family, and within the first 10 minutes of meeting everybody, I felt like I’d known them for years. They were very welcoming and really took me in, which was awesome. I couldn’t be happier. I was born to do this, and it’s what I’ve worked my whole life for.”

Birthday: January 27
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Any type of Mexican
Favorite Entertainers: Merle Haggard
Favorite Song: Misery and Gin
Favorite TV Show: Impractical Jokers and Breaking Bad