Born on the red dirt roads of middle Georgia, Brian Elmquist was raised on classic country stars like Willie Nelson, Keith Whitley and Garth Brooks as the soundtrack to his youth. After a small stint in Nashville he moved to Brooklyn New York and started indie folk band The Lone Bellow with his close friends.
They have enjoyed critical acclaim and played shows to fans all around the world.He moved back to Nashville in 2016 and has been writing and producing when he’s not on the road with The Lone Bellow. On his forthcoming self produced record Magnolia Rain, Elmquist was able to flex his red dirt classic country muscle. What started as a couple friends in an East Nashville studio turned into a three week long potluck. Magnolia Rain is a reflection of community and friendship in his small little corner of Nashville.
Paul McDonald’s music explores the space between genres. Rooted in hook-heavy rock & roll, alternative pop, southern soul, and modern-day folk, it's a sound that's every bit as diverse as its creator. He's an international road warrior. Along time solo artist. A former American Idol finalist. A songwriter who's composed music for country singers (Jon Pardi), jam bands (Andy Frasco & The U.N.), platinum-selling film soundtracks (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), and pop acts (Hanson).
Throughout it all, Paul has saved his best material for his own albums, turning records like Modern Hearts into showcases for his raspy voice and boundary-bending music.
Executive Producer & Duke Spirits Founder, Chris Radomski, and, Producer, Austin Moody, envisioned a sound that embodies the soul and pride of America, the same great American spirit personified by the legendary Duke, John Wayne.
“My goal for The Masters Series was to create a sound which “The Duke” himself would approve. As a man who valued quality and character, we had to make sure this sounded like we were making a record," explains Austin Moody, Producer, Writer, Artist, "To back each artist, I hand-picked musicians who have a “thing”, something that no-one can truly recreate, but those players themselves. It’s not only the playing you have to think about, it’s the attitude – it's the grit.”
"We hope The Masters Series will showcase great performances and will provide a platform to support emerging artists.” — Chris Radomski, Executive Producer & Founder of Duke Spirits