Goldwing Express is a Bluegrass, Country and Gospel band that is originally from Okmulgee, Oklahoma. The band consists of three brothers and their father. Their mother, Juanita, who was a full-blood Naive American Creek Indian, named the band "Goldwing Express" after their hobby of riding Goldwing Motorcycles in the 80's. When their children were young, they decided to buy the boys instruments. Thirty-nine years later, they are still entertaining. A segment of their performance is often dedicated to their Indian Heritage and they wear Native American headdress to represent their Creek Indian tribe. In Nashville, Tennessee, Goldwing Express was nominated for Bluegrass Entertaining Band of the Year by SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) from 2003-2006 and in South Texas won the Valley Star Family Entertaining Band of the Year in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas for 4 years.
Bob Baldridge, the patriarch of the family, plays mandolin and sings lead for the group. He also provides a lot of the comedy for Goldwing Express. His music career began in the early 70's with his brothers and sister. The family would gather at their grandmother's house and have all-day singings. Bob eventually wanted to form his own family band. Then came Paul, Steven and Shawn.
Paul, the eldest son, sings the high-lonesome tenor and plays lead guitar. Paul does more of the traditional bluegrass singing for the group and has won several awards throughout his career including SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) Midwest Guitar Player of the year and the Iowa Old-time Country and Bluegrass Music Guitar Player of the Year.
Steven, the middle son, sings mostly baritone and plays the banjo and dobro. He loves to put Gospel music in the show and wows the crowd with his antics and traditional sounds on the banjo. When Steven was a teen he won numerous awards on the banjo. He also handles the management and booking responsibilities for the band.
Shawn, the youngest brother, plays the upright bass fiddle and sings all the low-end notes. Shawn's musical influences include Conway Twitty and Don Williams. Crowds gather to here Shawn sing songs like "Hello Darlin", "Lay you down" and "Long Black Train". He likes to spice things up a little bit by sounding off like a long train whistle using nothing but his voice.
Recently, the guys announced their return to "road shows" after having wound-up a 3 year stint with one of the local area attractions in Branson, MO, performing over 700 shows a year!