About Fireball Mail

Fireball Mail bluegrass band - Winners of the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest - started performing as a band in 2014.  The group embodies a unique combination of instrumental virtuosity and prolific songwriting talent impressing audiences with not only their cutting edge delivery, but also with an impressive catalog of fresh and original material. Collectively, Fireball Mail has an extensive resume of touring, and recording experience including appearances with such notable artists as Buddy Greene, Claire Lynch, Curtis Burch, and Ricky Skaggs.
 
The Band released their debut recording, "Bending the Rails" in June of 2016. With stacks of new, original material, Fireball Mail plans to share more music on the road and in the studio in 2018.



Brad Bulla - guitar, vocals

Brad Bulla was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina with an early exposure to bluegrass/acoustic music. All it took was attending one Doc  and Merle Watson concert as a young boy and he was hooked! After teaching himself to play on a pawn shop guitar and banjo, Brad began performing at festivals, fairs and concert venues, eventually picking his way to become Western Open Flatpick Guitar Champion, and runner up at the Indiana State Banjo Championship.

Brad formed a band and eventually performed in every state except Maine and Alaska, opening shows for some of Country and Bluegrass Music’s biggest names including Merle Haggard, Restless Heart, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Ray Price, Randy Travis, Charlie Pride, and Ricky Skaggs. Brad came to Nashville in 1999, established a Radio Promotions Company promoting artists such as Ricky Skaggs, The Del McCoury Band, and Blue Highway.

Along with performing with Fireball Mail, Brad operates Bulla Promotions - a promotion and management company based in Nashville, Tennessee.

 


Phil Easterbrook - dobro, banjo, vocals

Multi-instrumentalist Phil Easterbrook began his journey into bluegrass music in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Phil has played banjo, guitar and resonator guitar in bluegrass bands since 1976. As a featured player in both "The Reasonable Band" with David Harvey and the "Heartland Band", based out of Colorado, Phil has performed at many national level events in the western region such as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival, the Kerrville Bluegrass Festival and the Rocky Grass Festival.

Phil relocated to the Huntsville, Alabama area in 1999 and started to get integrated into the local acoustic music scene. From 2002 through 2005, Phil toured, played banjo, guitar, and singing harmony as a member of the Claire Lynch Band.

Phil has also recently released two solo CD projects, Rainy Day Sessions and Acoustic Christmas, which feature Phil on all of the instruments and vocals.

Phil operates a project recording studio, Rocket City Roots in Huntsville, Alabama and specializes in acoustic music production.



Caleb Edwards - mandolin, vocals

Caleb Edwards, originally from Metamora, Indiana, has been playing mandolin since the age of 12, emerging in the Cincinnati and Indianapolis music scenes as a unique songwriter, mandolinist, and vocalist. A graduate of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, he's studied under legends such as Bobby Osborne, and Newgrass Revival's Curtis Burch. He is fluent in jazz, rock, and classical as well as bluegrass, and brings a bit of it all to each performance.

Caleb moved to Nashville in the summer of 2014 shortly after getting married and joining Fireball Mail. Caleb hones his musical chops by performing with Fireball Mail, touring with eclectic bands across the country, session recording, and teaching music lessons online and in person.

 


Joe Brown - bass

Joe Brown hails from Eva, Alabama has been a musician nearly all his life starting out on drums at the age of five, then moving to saxophone, and on to guitar. The bluegrass bug bit him when he played with his Dad’s band filling the bass slot and frequently performing in their local church.

Joe drew his bluegrass inspiration from The Del McCoury Band and the influences of Tony Rice. He specifically credits Mike Bub, Todd Phillips, Barry Bales, and Roy Husky, Jr as his personal favorite masters of the upright bass. Joe has performed in numerous band configurations and shared the stage with Claire Lynch, Trey Hensley, and Jason Eskridge. Joe is quick to make the point that he is thrilled to be in the Fireball Mail Band and is enjoying a musical adventure beyond his wildest dreams.