Jon Folk, a native of Houston, TX, has always had a passion for music and the music business. While pursuing his degree in Music Business at the University of Southern Mississippi, Jon interned for Randy Wright at World Class Productions. "Working for Randy in the beginning shaped who I wanted to be in this business. His integrity and honesty in business dealings has stayed with me through the years.” After a fall internship with World Class Productions, Jon accepted a job with World Class Talent as an agent’s assistant. In 1995, Buddy Lee Attractions acquired World Class Talent.
Jon spent the next 15 years working his way up to Vice President of Buddy Lee Attractions while handling the South/Southwest booking territory for the company. “The relationships and experience I gained while working at BLA was priceless. I am forever grateful to the Lee family, Tony Conway and everyone at BLA who I worked with through those great years.” Buddy Lee Attractions was the exclusive agency for some of country music’s biggest stars including: Dixie Chicks, Tracy Lawrence, John Michael Montgomery, Jeff Foxworthy, Mark Chesnutt, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Ronnie Milsap and Bill Monroe, to name a few during Jon’s time at BLA.In the fall of 2009, Jon resigned from his position at BLA to begin a new venture in creating and opening Red 11 Music with veteran agent Chad Kudelka. Red 11 Music is a boutique talent agency with offices and staff in Nashville, TN and Austin, TX. Currently, Red 11 Music exclusively represents 35 national touring acts in the Americana, Roots, Country and Red Dirt music genres.
Chad Kudelka was born in the small town of West, TX and was raised just up the road in Waco, TX. As he attended the University of Texas at Austin (Bachelor Degree in Advertising from the College of Communication), he began working as agent, manager and road manager for Wade Bowen, who he had grown up with through Elementary and High School. After a few years of gaining experience by being involved in all different aspects of the business to gain knowledge and understand it and also network and create relationships, he began booking other artists as well, and by the end of his college career was representing 6 artists. After graduating in 2001, he went to work for Austin Universal Entertainment out of Austin, TX where he worked as an agent for 6 years. He also acted as manager for Wade Bowen until 2007 handling all duties including merchandise, accounting and record/radio promotion. In 2008, he started an independent company called CEK Music where he continued to develop and grow as an agent. In December of 2009, Chad formed a new booking agency called Red 11 Music with Jon Folk. They have an office in Austin, TX and one in Nashville, TN where they work together to handle nationwide booking/touring for over 30 artists from across the country.
A musical theatre major in college, Lauren is no stranger to live music. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Lauren graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Music degree. Managing a local theatre production her senior year sparked an interest in the music business, and she decided to make the move to Nashville. While walking music row (in her heels!) and handing out resumes, she stumbled upon Buddy Lee Attractions. Lauren spent two years working at Buddy Lee, and joined Red 11 Music in December of 2009. She is excited to be representing such a talented roster.
Mandy was born and raised in Waco, TX but spent a lot of time in West, TX where the majority of her family have always lived. She moved to Austin, TX in 2005 and couldn’t see herself living anywhere else after getting a taste of the city and the way it embraces the music scene. Mandy was introduced to the music business through her brother where she began working at CEK Music with him in 2008, and continues to keep the “train on the tracks” in the Austin office for Red 11 Music.
Taylor Hood was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. After graduating from Texas Tech University in 2009, where he frequented the Blue Light, he moved to Houston to get married. Music has been at the forefront for Taylor for many years. After working with bands in Lubbock while attending school, Taylor found he had a passion for the business side of music and knew he had to go where the industry was. After following the work of the team at Red 11 for a few years, Taylor knew that is where he wanted to be, so when a rare opportunity opened up in the Nashville office, he jumped. Taylor and his wife are now proud Nashville residents and Taylor is very excited to be part of Red 11 Music.
Tyler was born in Tupelo, MS (birthplace of Elvis) and grew up in both Mississippi & Texas. He later graduated with a Business Management degree from the University of Mississippi (Hotty Toddy!) and set his sights directly towards Nashville after graduation. Tyler started out working at the Grand Ole Opry then eventually came across an opportunity to join Red 11 Music and well, here he is! Tyler’s passion for music ranges all across the country music spectrum and he is proud to be a part of spreading great music nationwide.
Jeb Hurt was born and raised in Beaumont, TX where he spent his childhood watching his father under the bright lights of the TV news business. He got involved in live entertainment in 1997 when he started a local DJ service, Music In Motion, and was working private events, school dances and weddings. His love for production and music grew from that foundation and with the support of his family, he moved to Austin in 2002. He spent 7 years as a paramedic while continuing to stay involved in the music industry as a festival producer, talent buyer and artist manager. When the opportunity came up for him to join the team of Red 11 he felt it was a no-brainer. He is excited to bring his experience here and continue to learn from such a proven team and work with such a great roster of artists.