Born and raised in Red Bluff, California, Chad Bushnell has been playing the guitar and singing since the age of 4. His father played lead guitar and sang in a country band when he was a young boy and he knew right then that’s what he wanted to do in life. Much of his family is involved in music including his great grandmother who plays piano and his aunt and uncle who play the guitar and sing.
Chad grew up singing the national anthem at numerous rodeos, football games and other events. His parents have been the biggest supporters of his music and he thanks his little sister for keeping him grounded. He thanks God for all he has done for him. As he’s gotten older, he has been able to do a lot of things.
He has performed at many fairs, political events, fundraisers, casinos, bars, church functions and convention centers. He has opened for big names in the industry including Scotty McCreery, Lee Brice, Tracy Lawrence, Neil McCoy, Billy Currington, Mark Wills, Josh Gracin, Mark Chesnutt, Jerrod Neimann, Tyler Farr, and has been back to Nashville to meet with Teddy Gentry from the Alabama Band. He has a new album out called “Tennessee” that was recorded at Studio 19 in Nashville, Tennessee.
He also has a 2 song EP out called “What They Ain’t Tellin’ Us” that was recorded at Hag Studios and features Ben Haggard on lead guitar and backing vocals. They are both available at all of his shows and most online music stores. He was a Top 3 finalist in the American Country Star contest in Nashville and won the Horizon award. He won the Best of the North State Band award in Northern California for 2015 and 2016.
He currently works as a horseshoer and competes in rodeo as a team roper and steer wrestler. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his girlfriend, friends and family. He is a graduate of Chico State University with a degree in Business Administration. His biggest influences are Vince Gill, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Alabama, George Strait, Alan Jackson and many others.