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Broken Trail is a high-energy country band based in Western Washington. Broken Trail was born out of a mutual love for live country music, and more importantly, a demand for good bar-bands in Washington. Formed in 1996 by Mark Medalen (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Barry Bernier (drums, harmony vocals), they kicked up some dust around the state, made some noise and started to get noticed. After a few years, they found the missing pieces to their honky tonk puzzle. Andy Vance (lead vocals, lead guitar) joined in 2000 and Mike Anderson (bass guitar) found his home in the band in 2006 to complete the lineup. The band started over 15 years ago. Their newest member has been with the band over 6 years. Anyone who knows the music business can tell you that most bands don't survive more than a couple years. Broken Trail has survived several lifetimes in the world of music and they are stronger than ever.
Broken Trail has a large fan base devoted to their energetic live shows, strong 3 part harmonies, great stage presence, and a song selection that appeals to music lovers and dancers of all ages. In addition to their original material, their setlist is a history lesson in country music that covers countless artists and spans several decades. Covering classic artists such as Haggard, Jones, Paycheck, Cash, Waylon and Willie, Hank Sr. and Jr., and Buck, as well as “young country” artists including Brooks and Dunn, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Joe Nichols, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Garth, Dwight, Kentucky Headhunters, George Strait, and Alan Jackson just to name a few. While staying true to the roots of country music, Broken Trail puts their own signature sound and arrangements into every song they play.
Their debut CD is titled "What This Country Needs". They are very proud of this disc as they wrote and played all of the songs on the recording. It's full of high energy modern country music that has become the band's signature sound.