John Fred Young, Chris Robertson, and Jon Lawhon all met at high school. Ben Wells recalled to Artist Direct
"John Fred, Chris, and Jon all went to school together in Edmonton, Kentucky. I grew up in Glasgow, Kentucky (about 15 miles away). I met them via a mutual friend as he knew they had been jamming music together, and knew that I played guitar and wanted to be in a band. So we met on Chris' birthday of June 4th, 2001 and started the band the very next day!"