Carl Caldwell - MandolinCarl was born in the mountain community of Princeton, W.V. He started playing guitar at 9 years old, and soon discovered Bluegrass and Old Time Music through local Fiddler’s Conventions. He became an accomplished guitarist, winning the prestigious Galax Fiddler’s Convention for the first time at age 17.
He won many contests, and participated actively in those events until he left for Virginia Tech to pursue an Electrical Engineering degree. Near Virginia Tech, there were many stars in the making, such as Jeff Midkiff, Ricky and Ronnie Simpkins, and Sammy Shelor, who often gathered for some music on or near campus.
After graduation, Carl moved to East Tennessee to work with Texas Instruments in Johnson City, TN.
Many folks in the Tri-Cities areas were regulars at local festivals, conventions and clubs, such as Adam Steffey, Barry Bales, Tim Stafford, John, Bowman, Linda Lay, Tim Laughlin, James Alan Shelton, and Shawn Lane. After 12 years in the Tri-Cities and the sale of his company division, Carl moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. Here he joined New Vintage as a bassist and toured extensively with them for a while. After a while, Carl found that he missed Tennessee and made a tough decision and moved to Nashville.
After touring with Kevin Williamson and Shadow Ridge, Dale Ann Bradley, and several other groups, he left the road and focused on career and family, still performing with local groups around the Nashville area with several groups and often collaborating with Don Hill and Randy Holland. After co-founding a successful software company, and following several years of the long hours required to stabilize such a venture, Carl again found himself back in the musical mood. His buddy Don Hill called him up one day and asked if he could play bass and sing baritone for a gig with Clarence Kelly. It was the start of a magical collaboration and friendship.
Carl today provides mandolin and vocals in Nu Cut Road, and recently said “I’m really thankful that I have the opportunity to be a part of Clarence’s music. He is a songwriter without equal, and manages to get more of that lonesome feeling in a song that anyone else I’ve personally worked with. But besides being a great boss, he is an even greater friend. I admire that man a lot.”
In addition to playing mandolin, guitar, bass and some fiddle, Carl is an accomplished songwriter as well. He penned “You Gotta Dig a Little Deeper” which became a title cut, video and a number one chart song for Doyle Lawson in 2005. He newest recorded project of original songs, “Down Another Lonesome Highway”, was released this past February and features Carl on most all the instruments and vocals, with some help from some very talented friends.
Carl, his wife Elaine, and their Scottish Terrier Isobel reside in Brentwood, TN. She is an artist, and a musician, and Carl says she is “definitely the better half”.
Carl plays Daley mandolins (master luthier Sim Daley, Nashville, TN) and Todd guitars (master luthier Andy Todd, Nashville, TN)
Renee Radeke-Daley - FiddleRenee Radeke-Daley, better known as Missy to the Bluegrass community, began her bluegrass journey at the age of 9. She started playing guitar and then banjo, mandolin and finally fiddle in her family band Misty Ridge with her father and brother. They performed extensively in the tri-states region of the Midwest. Missy won numerous fiddle contests throughout the region, culminating in her placing in the Iowa State Fair Fiddle Championship.
In 1994 Missy moved to Nashville, and was soon in demand playing locally. In early 1995 she met her future husband, Sim, and the two started playing together in a number of bands. While playing at the Smithville Jamboree, Missy was asked to tour Belgium, Holland and France with the television celebrity Ronnie Stoneman from the hit television show Hee Haw. In December 1995 she was honored to be included on stage in the 70th anniversary of the Grand Ol' Opry celebration, performing on stage alongside Bluegrass legends such as Bill Monroe, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, The Whites, and Mark O'Conner.
In 2007 Missy and her husband Sim Daley assembled the band "Cages Bend". Initially formed for a recording project, Cages Bend consisted of some of the finest pickers Nashville had to offer. Once the recording was complete the band went on a tour of England, headlining the prestigious "Cornish Bluegrass Festival".
The Cages Bend project "Now I'm Lonely" received extensive airplay on such internet music stations as Sirius XM radio, BBC radio and cable bluegrass channels nation wide.
2010 saw Missy on a whirlwind cultural exchange tour of China with one of Nashville's classic country band. Playing seven cities in ten days, they performed classic country hits to crowds of up to ten thousand fans.
In 2011 Missy found herself a member of Clarence Kelly and Nu-Cut Road.
"Clarence's music is so different, so very soulful. I really enjoy playing with him and preforming his music," says Missy. "I am able to play Clarence's style of music with the DRIVE and soulfulness that you don't find very often. I am so excited and honored to be playing with Clarence Kelly."