Chad started playing music at the ripe old age of 8...
By age 12 he had established enough of a reputation to get asked to perform at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, TN. and then at the Grand Ole Opry with Charlie Collins and Brother Oswald. It wasn't too long after that his family moved from Florida to Upstate New York where he played with "Wheeler Creek" a band that made the 1000 Islands region believe in and love bluegrass music. While playing with them, Chad got noticed by banjo innovator Bill Keith, who asked him to tour with him for the next year. After coming of the road with Keith, Chad took a small hiatus from the music scene focusing on his education. In 1998, he toured Holland, Germany and Belgium with Stan Tyminski(Dan's brother)and Rustic Blue. This was the springboard that set him back on the trail to being a full time musician.
In the years since he has worked as a side man playing dobro, banjo, mandolin or guitar with artists James King and Dave Adkins. In his collective 39 years of playing music Chad has appeared on stage with artists The Lonesome River Band, Del Reeves, Boxcar Willie, The Gibson Brothers, Bill Harrell, and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.
Chad Darou is inspired by his true roots, bluegrass music. He lives in Susquehanna, PA with family and friends. He surrounds himself with musicians and loves to play every chance that he gets. Chad plays the resonator guitar, guitar, banjo and mandolin.
Chad plays a "Beard" dobro, which is made by a company called Beard Guitars based out of Hagerstown, MD.
"Today Beard Guitars, LLC hand crafts fourteen square neck and round neck models. My guitars are enjoyed by fans, serious amateurs and touring professionals. I am honored that amazing players like Mike Auldridge, LeRoy Mack, Jerry Douglas, Chad Darou, and many other friends choose Beard guitars to play." -Paul Beard, Founder of Beard Guitars
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