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11-year-old rocker to play Longbranch Friday

Posted June 6, 2012

If you ever wondered what a young Axl Rose probably looked like, just take a glance at Brooks Paul.

The 11-year-old from Creedmoor is a classic rocker. With long hair, sunglasses and a bandanna, he looks the part. And he holds his own as a singer among his all adult band. Just look at the YouTube clip below. 


The pre-teen plays gigs with his band in North Carolina and Virginia. Recent North Carolina shows have included the Azalea Festival and Deep South the Bar. He performed this past weekend in Rockingham with original Lynyrd Skynyrd member Artimus Pyle.

Friday he will be hitting the Longbranch of Raleigh to play an all-ages show and record a video for his song "Rock This Town Tonight." The doors open at 7 p.m. and the video will be shot around 7:30 p.m., followed by a full concert at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. 

Brooks' father, Chuck Ferguson, said this is the first time an 11-year-old has headlined the Longbranch. He said Brooks wanted to film his music video with a local crowd. 

"While most venues Brooks Paul plays are 18 and older, this Friday night parents are urged to bring their children to experience the show," Ferguson said. "Brooks is introducing a whole new generation to rock 'n roll. Singing original tunes, as well as songs by Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Journey and Foreigner, this promises to be a fun history making night."

Brooks' first iTunes release is due out this summer. It is being produced and written by Parmalee's Matt Thomas and Barry Knox.


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  • jenjengirl89 Jun 7, 2012

    If this is the guy who plays under the name "Long Haired Kid", I've seen him at Sadlacks. He's really pretty good.

  • jwood011 Jun 7, 2012

    Amused - Just because YOU don't like him doesn't mean he's not good. He has the support of his family, friends, other musicians & hundreds of fans just like Scotty McCreery & so many others do. I personally believe it's awful when folks put down others when they can't do any better themselves.

  • lyteoflife Jun 7, 2012

    Good luck and all BUT I do hope that with this being a 'kids' event....the Longbranch will not be the typical get drunk and high place on this particular night.WOW....too young for the LB...he should have headlined the outdoor family find raiser that they do...not in the bar/club on a Friday night....poor choice...and his parents approve...WOW

  • CharlotteRock Jun 7, 2012

    We have a crowd coming to see ya kid ! ROCK ON !

  • Amused Jun 7, 2012

    Telling the truth isn't hatin' or meaning that one had a deprived childhood. Surely you're more intelligent than that. I think it's awful and dishonest to tell a kid he's great when he is not, giving him false confidence. Besides if your going to let a child perform in public then common sense tells you that folks are going to have opinions and express them. Don't assume and make ridiculous accusations because you don't like someone statement.

  • AC-DC lover4ever Jun 6, 2012

    I've seen this kid several times. He is awesome!!! Keep on rockin - your future is bright and just ignore the sad little haters who wish they had talent. Throw the horns!!!

  • CharlotteRock Jun 6, 2012

    Haters are haters... keep bringing the show!

  • davidgnews Jun 6, 2012

    Great effort, but his talent is a bit overrated. Still and all, he could be doing worse things.

  • slayerhil Jun 6, 2012

    "Um.... no. Just, no. I feel bad for the band, they're really good, but to have to back up an 11-year-old wannabe has GOT to be embarassing. I've seen other young kids with far, far greater vocal talent than this one. Maybe a few years from now, but for right now - no."

    Seriously, STFU

  • trafalgerfountain Jun 6, 2012

    REally ? I was expecting something like those brilliant kids on youtube who can play a mean guitar. This kid just sounds like a kid. Nothing special about it.