“Dad got out of the business,” Joey explains, “and sold his shop. And he sold two of his buses to us.” It wasn’t the first time the Hemphill Brothers had made purchases as a team. “We used to buy everything together,” Joey recalls. “We found out if we put our money together we could get more-we bought our first stereo and our first car that way. It seemed natural that we’d become equal partners in business.”
This family tradition and knowledge of the coach leasing industry provide a vital springboard for the young men-Joey was only 21 and Trent 20. They continued singing, often running the bus company from hotel rooms on the road. But their perseverance paid off. Two buses soon became 6, and the small gravel lot and barn they used gave way to a four-bay garage. They hired staff and continued to expand their fleet as well as their list of exclusive clients from the music industry. Word of mouth spread about the reliability and extraordinary service of Hemphill Brothers Coach Company, and in 1989, Trent and Joey left the road to focus on the growing business. They stopped outsourcing their bus conversions and brought everything into their own facility, overseeing the quality and special requests of their clients. By 1991, the company had 12 coaches, an experienced office staff, and a professional team of mechanics and drivers. Their client list expanded and by 1995, the brothers moved their flourishing business into what has become a 55,000 square foot office complex and shop facility in the current location on more than 15 acres just outside Nashville, TN.
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The Hemphill Brothers fleet now includes more than 100 coaches and over 200 employees with an unparalleled team of drivers, mechanics, office staff, interior builders and a client list that looks like a who’s who roster of celebrities, musicians, sports figures, and politicians. Joey and Trent, have appeared on Oprah, VH1-The Fabulous Life of Pop Stars, HGTV and are regularly featured on the new Travel Channel series, “Extreme RV.s.” The two have also been on the cover of American Profile and in Billboard magazines. Hemphill Brothers is an eight-time winner of the Coach Company of the Year award at the annual Parnelli Awards in Las Vegas, NV. In 2013, 2017 and 2018, Hemphill Brothers Coach Company was awarded the Top Dog Award by Tour Link Magazine and our drivers have won the CMA Coach/Truck Driver of the Year at their annual Touring Awards in Nashville, TN for the past three years. Trent and Joey were finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Southeast Award and nominated for 2013 Most Admired CEO by the Nashville Business Journal. Despite all the accolades and success the core foundation and principles behind the Hemphill Brothers Coach Company have remained unchanged for almost 40 years and the company still strives to deliver an unparalleled level of quality, comfort, safety, reliability and client relationships.
Hemphill Brothers Coach Company offers convenient lease options and used coach sales
Our Coaches By The Number
Miles of Thread or 4,400 Yards Used per Coach
Miles of Wire Used in a New Coach Build (Longest Wire is 75 feet)
Time Parnelli Coach Company of the Year Award Winner
Up to 14 TV's per Coach
(12 volt) Fuses and 40 (115 VAC) Breakers per Coach
Over 90 Interior Lights Included in Every Coach
Custom Made Interiors Currently on the Lot
Over 6 Million Miles Driven Each Year
Rockin’ The Road – History of Hemphill Brothers Coach Company
A“ bus looks and feels its best when you use the very best. All of our buses’ interiors are handmade and custom designed. We create our buses with top of the line materials such as genuine leather, hardwood flooring, granite, marble and quartz. The combinations of these items produce a gorgeous bus interior. We also go the extra mile with what you don’t see to make the bus more elaborate. We do all the wiring, plumbing and electrical work in house in order to exceed the expectations and needs of our clients. We upgrade the sound system, the television and additional video equipment to the top of the line electronics. Heated marble bathroom floors, Apple TVs, WI-FI, powered blinds, air pocket doors and HDTVs are a few of our favorite high end features. Every little detail is carefully selected to make the bus as elaborate as possible when combined for a finished product. Hemphill Brothers Coach Company offers convenient lease options and used coach sales.
We have included everything from an upright piano in the front lounge for Harry Connick Jr. to a treadmill in the back lounge for Taylor Swift to three rolling television studios for ABC news,” said Joey. “We have also managed to create an indoor fireplace, tanning beds, mobile museum complete with display cases, recording studios and numerous other outside of the box requests. Additionally, we have worked extensively with the U.S. Secret Service to provide vehicles for Presidential detail for more than a decade. You never know what the next person is going to ask for, but that is what makes building a bus so much fun. No two buses are alike and there is always going to be new challenges around the corner.
Hemphill Brothers Coaches on the Travel Channel
Extreme RV’s features Hemphill Brothers Coach Company and gives an inside look behind the scenes.
Foreman: Danny Settle
Foreman: Bruce Doughty
Foreman: Mark Thompson
The conversion shop is prepared to handle everything from the construction of custom interiors in new buses to minor modifications in existing buses.
Everything is custom-built: walls, furniture, staterooms, bathrooms. Our master craftsmen use the finest materials available to bring life to our own designs or those brought to us by an artist. Details are important: We also staff complete wood finishing and upholstery shops to maintain our high-level of quality down to the last screw and seat cover. Modifications-from changing a hard-to-reach light bulb to redesigning the sleep quarters-arehandled with the same care and expertise as a new conversion. We frequently alter our own fleet to meet the request of a client. We also make modifications on buses owned by other companies and artists. A Hemphill Brothers Coach is a rolling hotel suite, a luxurious and comfortable home for your time on the road. Our buses are the finest, convenient, and dependable touring coaches on the road.
Lately, Hemphill Brothers upgraded control panels in their coaches to a touch panel system. This allows passengers to control air doors, shades, lights and other electronic devices with the touch of a button. Some star buses are even equipped with an Apple iPad operating system. Clients can control features of the bus from anywhere in the bus from a single Hemphill app. Coaches can also include a multi-view camera system, where passengers can view the outside perimeter of the bus while sitting or in motion. The GPS system is accessible throughout the coach on monitors and plays an important role when driving across the country. We also are constantly updating televisions with Smart HDTVs, game systems, aircards and stereo equipment with the newest features. Installing Apple TVs on our coaches is now a standard.
FAQsIf you have a question that isn’t answered here please feel free to use the contact us page to send us an email and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.
Miles per Gallon of Diesel Used Per Bus
Buttons on the 16 Switches per Coach
Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Bottles Makes Up the Material for Our Coaches Insulation
Certified CDL Qualified Drivers
Apple TV's, running on 100+ 5G aircards
Terry Ford Profile Video
Watch as long time Hemphill Brothers Coach Company driver Terry Ford is profiled in part 1 of this excellent series of videos. Our drivers are the connection we have between the company and the client and we are proud of the excellent staff we have assembled over the years. Take a moment and view all of our drivers below the video and the year they joined the Hemphill Brothers Team. Thanks to all of them for keeping the wheels turning for more than 34 years now.