BR549 (originally spelled BR5-49) is an American country music band founded in the mid-1990s in the city of Nashville, Tennessee. Their music, referred to as alternative country or neotraditional, contains elements of western swing and rockabilly. They eschew modern Top 40 pop-country for a more raw, honky-tonk sound, with songs about 50s pin-up/dominatrix Bettie Page and The Ramones. They took their name from a telephone number regularly used in a Junior Samples sketch on the television show, Hee Haw. Overall, the band has recorded six studio albums and two EPs, and has charted three singles on the Billboard country charts.
Before moving to Nashville and forming BR5-49, Chuck Mead led the legendary Homestead Grays, a roots-rock outfit based out of Chuck's home town, Lawrence, Kansas. Named after a Negro League baseball team, the band recorded a full length CD entitled El Supremo along with a vinyl-only EP entitled Big Hits. Notorious for their raucous live shows at midwestern clubs and campuses in the mid to late 1980s, Mead and the Homestead Grays began to draw crowds in Kansas City, Minneapolis and Chicago.