Welcome to the wonderful world of Newell!

Here you can find out about the many bands Brad plays in!

Butter (funky rock), Workbook (Jazz), BaddBop (fusion) and String Thing (Americana).

Also included is information about his music teaching, recording, and film scoring abilities.



Brad Newell is a musician and music teacher living in Durham, North Carolina.

He teaches music locally and also owns two different recording studios. Brad has written hundreds of songs and has scored over 20 films. He studied music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Berklee School of Music in Boston.

Beginning with a band called 'The Graphic', he went on to play in several original rock bands including, 'Eight Eyes', and 'Butter'. Each band has released several albums.


Brad has toured extensively opening for and sharing the stage with musical acts such as: Suzanne Vega, Melissa Etheridge, Donovan, Duran Duran, The Psychedelic Furs, Adrian Belew, Living Color, The Smithereens, Derek Trucks Band, Charlie Hunter, Jerry Jeff Walker, Charlie Daniels, Ben Folds, Alex Chilton, Green and Red, Aquarium Rescue Unit with Colonel Bruce Hampton, Jimmy Herring, & Oteil Burbridge, and many others.

In recent years, Brad has also explored playing in his own Jazz and Fusion bands. He has created an entire book of original material as well as performed favorite Jazz standards for many audiences. Ever since he was a teenager, Brad has enjoyed delving into Americana, Bluegrass, and Folk music.


In addition to playing guitar, Brad performs, teaches, and records on banjo, mandolin, violin, bass, and keyboards.


Listen to "Pretty" by Butter!

Listen to "In Your Mind" by BadBopp!

Listen to "Straight Talk" by Workbook!

Listen to "Won't You Stay" by String Thing!

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