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Hayden McMullen

Lead guitarist Hayden McMullen. Lead guitarist Hayden McMullen.

Twenty-six-year-old Hayden McMullen plays lead guitar for JB and the Moonshine Band. He's a graduate of Mabank High School, Class of 2004.

Before getting with the band, Hayden worked as the Recreation Manager at Marvin United Methodist Church in Downtown Tyler.

Brent Mason, Larry Carlton and Stevie Ray Vaughn are among Hayden's musical influences, and his personal fave at the moment: blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The first song Hayden ever learned to play: Metallica's I disappear.

Dead or alive, Hayden would love to jam with Jeff Beck, an "old British guitar player."

Hayden says he doesn't typically get nervous before a show, but playing before a home crowd is always a little nerve-racking, as he knows most of the people at the show.

Life on the road, late nights and early mornings, is what Hayden calls the biggest challenges of his career.

In his free time, Hayden enjoys fishing, target shooting, and anything outdoors. When he's home, he likes to kick back and relax.

Hayden's most memorable experience thus far with JB and the Moonshine Band is playing Antones in Austin. "Legends have played there," he says.

When asked what advice he'd give to aspiring musicians, Hayden says, "Play what you love."

We asked each of the band members to fill in the blanks:

Without music I would be broke.

Music is my life--it's what I do.

My music makes me feel every emotion, really. From extreme sadness to extreme happiness, and everything in between.

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