Tommy Bryan Ledford is a journeyman musician who was born in the Mississippi delta and raised in the piney hills on the Louisiana side, where his childhood was spent in creeks, woods, and baptist church. After spending some formative time in the New Orleans area, he settled in North Mississippi's Lafayette County, where he was fortunate enough to perform in numerous bands of local fame and regional reknown (including the Sincere Ramblers, the Kudzu Kings and the Taylor Grocery Band). Along the way, he and some friends accidentally created the Governor's Award winning Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, a statewide southern culture radio program which features musicians, authors and others in front of a live audience and is now in its eleventh season.
Currently, he resides in Fondren, Mississippi, and plays "electric catfish music", a collision of traditional jug band, bluegrass, country blues, and gospel stylings with his latest outfit, the Dixie Nationals. He is also putting the finishing touches on his first solo record, an original southern gothic assemblage of waylaid love songs, murder ballads, and brush arbor hymns recorded with Dirk Powell at the Cypress House in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana and set for release in 2010.