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Carl Finch was born in Texarkana, Tx on November 29, 1951. He began performing at the early age of 4 years old by singing in church choirs and later spent his high school years forming and playing in rock bands in northeast Texas. Carl minored in music at the University of North Texas and formed Brave Combo in Denton, TX in 1979. This began a 35-year legacy of playing original and innovative arrangements of music that incorporated diverse dance styles including polka, Latin American, and Caribbean. The band was nominated for Grammy awards seven times, winning twice in 1999 and 2004, and had its music featured in various movies and television programs. An animated version of Brave Combo was even featured in an episode of the acclaimed tv series, the Simpsons. A renowned guitarist, keyboardist, accordionist, vocalist, recording artist, record producer, and bandleader, Carl Finch has enjoyed a remarkable musical career.


For his many accomplishments in the polka industry, Carl Finch has been deemed deserving by the electorate of the International Polka Association for induction into the Polka Music Hall of Fame®.