Old Habits got their start back in 2003 one night when Craig Thompson, Lin Peterson, Bennett Thompson and Brian English got together to pick a little bluegrass. A duplex across the street from Raleigh, NC landmark, The Players Retreat, served as both home to roommates Lin and Craig, and the original practice space for the band. Soon after, Chad Johnson joined the group and the rest is history.
Over the next few years, Old Habits would gain momentum playing in small bars, and occasional parties. In 2007, they recorded their first self-titled album at The Rubberroom in Chapel Hill, NC. Eventually drums were added to the line up, and the band moved from old-school bluegrass to their current sound – a mixture of Americana, Country and Southern Roots music. Evans Nicholson joined the group on drums in 2010.