Ted Painter is a country music singer/songwriter whose songs embrace the roots of traditional country music while blending neo-traditional country and rock influences.
Painter started writing and performing original songs at open-mic’s in February 2006. The open-mic circuit helped Ted to connect with other musicians, giving him the opportunity to perform as a solo artist and band front man in numerous venues throughout New England, Kentucky, Virginia and Washington DC, ranging from clubs, festivals and bike rallies to open mic's and local cable access TV.
Originally from California, Ted served for several years as both an enlisted soldier and officer in the US Army. While on active duty, Ted was introduced to country music while spending the majority of his twenties and early thirties carrying his duffel bag back and forth between North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Brought up on rock n’ roll, country began to appeal to Painter due to the elements of truth that are the cornerstone of country songwriting—songs to identify with. Painter says, “My good friend, bass player and songwriting partner John Prunier once said, rock ‘n roll fans, especially in their teens and twenties, are looking for a messiah—someone with the answers. Country fans are just looking for a drinking buddy—someone to tell them how it is, not the way it should be.” That pretty much sums up Painter’s approach to songwriting…songs that people can identify with, based on real life’s highs and lows and everything in between.
Painter and Prunier met when Ted needed a replacement for his South County Band lead guitar player. After just a few months, the band split but Painter and Prunier decided to go out as a duo—focusing solely on song writing and craftsmanship. As a duo, John quickly switched to bass, allowing him to accompany Ted’s rhythm guitar and vocals while using his 25+ years of musical experience to bring fresh arrangements and ideas to Ted’s songs.
John Prunier has played in numerous Worcester, MA area bands, to include Preacher Roe, groupaction and the Ball Busters. He has recorded with all three bands and the Bean Pickers Union.
Ted and John have opened for country hit maker Collin Raye and for Nashville Star winner and hit songwriter, Buddy Jewell. Additionally, their songs have received airplay and they have performed live on independent and mainstream FM, AM and internet radio. Ted received the New England Country Music Organizations Songwriter of the year award (2008) and CD of the year (2009) and he is also a 2007 Great American Song Contest award winner.
"This isn’t the teen set’s pop country music. Nope, not by a long shot. The Ted Painter Band is neo-traditional country. Think Willie to Johnny to Alan Jackson ~ songwritin’ outlaws hangin’ out with Brad Paisely and Dierks Bentley." The Pulse Magazine
“Eclectic folk/rock/country sound.” To the Fallen Records
“[Ted's songs] combine country and rock influences, fusing twangy guitar parts with strong, propulsive rhythms for a heartland sound” Worcester Telegram and Gazette