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South Carolina

Bluegrass & Traditional Music Association

BlueFaith Band

BlueFaith is a bluegrass and gospel band that was founded in early 2018. Over the past few years these musicians have played together in other groups and aspired to form a new band with strong core values and a commitment to the preserving the heritage of old-fashioned bluegrass and gospel music as well as some more modern bluegrass tunes we all know and love. The band is lead and managed by Mr. Jeremy Johnson of Columbia, South Carolina who also sings lead and harmony vocals and plays a driving rhythm on guitar. Mr. Jacob Sanderson from Hopkins, South Carolina who sings and plays mandolin has been a lifelong friend and fellow musician to Jeremy. Mr. Gary Joyner, an accomplished multi-instrument musician from Neeses, South Carolina plays banjo and runs our front house and stage sound when needed. Mr. Eddie Johnson, Jeremy's older brother, originally born and raised in Lexington, South Carolina has been in the "music world" for most of his life. Eddie now sings and plays bass for BlueFaith as well as often helping with things behind the scenes.

This newly-formed, up and coming band plays for churches, festivals, and other special events. We look forward to seeing you in the near future.

For More Information Contact:

Jeremy Johnson

(803) 394-0722

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The Blue Iguanas

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Allen Fisher

(803) 960-9666

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The Carolina Fiddle Club

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Nancy Counts

(803) 345-5942

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Carolina Backwater

Carolina Backwater is a progressive bluegrass band with over 120 years of combined musical background. The band plays a combination of classic and progressive Bluegrass along with some Country and Americana music. Our instrumentation consist of Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo and Bass.

For More Information Contact:

Tom Atkinson

(803) 622-5530

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Carolina Rebels

Popular with bluegrass and non bluegrass audiences alike The Carolina Rebels delight crowds with a mix of old style bluegrass, fast banjo and fiddle tunes, original songs, smooth 4/4 shuffles, quartet vocals…..and most importantly…..an entertaining show that everyone can enjoy. The Carolina Rebels have been feature acts at bluegrass festivals across the country, appeared on TV and radio, and are proud to have performed for world leaders, including Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Frasier, Ambassadors from Japan, and the entire Caribbean delegation hosted by former President Ronald Reagan. We have performed for colleges, churches, weddings, picnics, public events and private parties.

"Whenever good entertainment is needed the Carolina Rebels are ready...."

Since 1979, the Carolina Rebels have been performing bluegrass music in a manner that has redefined the phrase "South Carolina Style Bluegrass"...

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David Prosser

(803) 665-4264

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Catawba Bluegrass

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Linzey Ham

(823) 308-4373

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Cane Creek Bluegrass

"Coming from Anderson, SC, Cane Creek epitomizes much of what a local bluegrass band can be. Featuring five able musicians who sing and play both classic bluegrass covers and original material from several of its members, this band is entertaining and personable. They communicate a love for the music and for making music together. Sometimes they achieve a haunting sound many bands would aspire to emulate, while at others they present driving music that gets feet tapping and puts smiles of the audience's faces". 

 Review from Ted Lehmann written about our appearance at the Coot Williams Road Bluegrass Festival, September 11, 2010.

For More Information Contact:

MARK HARVELL

(864) 270-3706

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Crystal River Band

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BUD BURDETT

(864) 642-5403

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Cottonwood Bluegrass

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ZACH LEMHOUSE

(803) 493-8320

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The Grass Strings

The Grass Strings was founded in 1976 by Bob Hatley in Albemarle, NC. Current members are Greg Abercrombie on Guitar, T. Garrett Abercrombie plays Fiddle, Ronnie Elwood on Bass with Jim Burris, the only remaining founding member on Mandolin and Randy Mauldin on Banjo. The versatility of each member allows the group to achieve several styles of bluegrass with harmony being the center piece. I would have to say the harmony of Seldom Scene was a huge influence on the band, along with many first and second generation groups.

For More Information Contact:

RANDY MAULDIN

(980) 621-1885

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Flatland Express

From the flatlands of South Carolina has emerged a dynamic Bluegrass group called Flatland Express. The six member band have been delighting their audiences with their captivating harmony and tantalizing instrumentation. The band enliven their audiences with both traditional and non-traditional Bluegrass, Gospel, as well as stimulating re-compositions of older 60's and 70's music. All band members contribute to the vocal structure and each adds their own unique mystique that provides a matchless sound for the group. Come out and see what Flatland Express is all about and you will agree they are truly an extraordinary assemblage with music that will appeal to Bluegrass and non-bluegrass fans alike.

2013 - Winner of The Little Roy and Lizzy Band Competition

2015 - 3rd Place, South Carolina State Band Competition - RenoFest

2016 - 3rd Place, South Carolina State Band Competition - RenoFest 

For More Information Contact:

HUGH FANNING

(803) 917-3362

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Ken & Igor

Ken Baldwin and Igor Agafonov are an unusual match. Igor the engineer and Ken a visual artist are neighbors but both are also guitarists and composers. Ken, a finger-stylist, is more grounded in an Americana acoustic guitar background whereas Igor has the gift of instrumental improvisation with a style that’s steeped in jazz and fusion music. It is a blend of roots from two different parts of the world, collaborating and creating an individual sound that has been described as “transparent and seamless.”

For More Information Contact:

KEN BALDWIN

(803) 550-9112

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Mountain Bridge

Mountain Bridge is a traditionally-styled bluegrass band based out of the South Carolina upstate. They enjoy bringing old songs and even a country number or two to today's audiences, all with honor and respect to the old traditions.

“We love the old sound and imitate it through the lens of our modern era”

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JOSHUA JOHNSON

(864) 897-9005

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One Step Ahead

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ROGER ABERNATHY

(803) 645-4779

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The Picken Pearls

"The Picken Pearls" have been performing together since late 2009. Founding Members, Debra Watkins, Misty Harley, Cindy Lampley, Anna Speare, and we now have Jessie Mobley playing the fiddle and vocals too.

We perform at Festivals, Clubs, Fairs, River Boats, Coffee houses, House concerts...etc. We are members of SC Bluegrass Association. I have demos online at You Tube: at Diamond Debra, or on PBS.org from WBGU "Music's Brewing at Coffee Amici", "The Driving Tour" from Wood County Historical Society, and I have preformed on two Civil War cruises on the American Queen and Mississippi Queen Steamboats. We provide a wide variety of music, and not limited to; Delta-Chicago Blues, Bluegrass, Caribbean, Old Folk, Cajun, Old Country and Civil War songs, klezmer music, zydeco.

For More Information Contact:

DEBRA WATKINS

(419) 421-1228

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The Pine Hill Ramblers

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HUGH FANNING

(803) 917-3362

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The Randy Lucas Trio

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DAVE HOLDER

(803) 447-1738

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The Rockabillies

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TAMMY WOLFE

(803) 605-8277

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Saluda River Band

The Saluda River Band has been playing together since April of 2017. The band members meet at Bill's Music Shop in West Columbia, SC where they were all taking part in a monthly workshop call the Slow Jam. They decided that since they were having so much fun jamming together that they would put together a group for performing at local venues. Some of the recent places they have perform include Bill's Pickin' Parlor, Salem Baptist Church, and Saluda Shoals.

Band Members include-- Nathan Speare on guitar, Anna Speare on upright bass, Leo Pearson on guitar, Dick Workman on mandolin, Susan and Brian Skelly on guitar and harmonica, and Steve Slice on banjo. Each member has a repertoire of songs that they take the lead vocals on, and Susan in additional to singing lead, sings harmony. We love playing the old, traditional songs, and have set lists from the Carter Family to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams. Country and Southern gospel songs round out the repertoire!

For More Information Contact:

NATHAN SPEARE

(803) 575-2022

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Savannah River Band

Savannah River Bluegrass was formed in the mid 1990's and calls Aiken, SC home. The band is heavily influenced by bluegrass greats such as Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, and The Osborne Brothers. However, a typical SRB set also includes music of some of the more contemporary groups as well as some of their original tunes. For 25 years Savannah River Bluegrass has entertained audiences of all ages across the Southeast with their toe tapping melodies and tight harmonies. 

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DARRYL HUDSON

(803) 507-5551

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Split Rail

The core membership of the band has been together for 30 years. Started when we were young and never grew up. Major influences were widespread, ranging from Flatt & Scruggs to the Country Gentlemen and Seldom Scene, then go knocked off our feet when Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver came along. The bands trademark through the years has been strong vocal harmony featuring very varied set lists. We want our audience to have fun. Members include Philip Arnold on Banjo, Stan Elgin on Mandolin, Doug Todd on Bass, Luke Phillips on Dobro, and Gene Holdway on Guitar.

For More Information Contact:

GENE HOLDWAY

(864) 901-6311

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The Thomas Family

Creating harmonious music together has always been a favorite endeavor of the Thomas Family Bluegrass Gospel Band. The parents, Frank and Marilyn, began this tradition on their wedding day, and as their family began to grow, the couple was humbled to discover that each of their children also demonstrated a musical aptitude for playing and singing. Over the years, they realized their natural harmonies and preferred instrumentation were best suited for the bluegrass genre, and since serving the Lord with their music is an important focus of their lives, they mainly perform gospel tunes of yesteryears in hopes of being a spiritual blessing to their audience. 

Today, their family band includes Dad strumming the guitar; David, the oldest, playing the mandolin; Jameson plucking the upright bass; Ella striking up a tune on her fiddle; and Mom occasionally playing melody on a penny whistle.

For More Information Contact:

MARILYN THOMAS

(803) 926-5841

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Weeville Empire

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DORTHY KENDELL

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Willie Wells & The Blue Ridge Mountain Grass

Continuing the family tradition his father Bill founded, Willie Wells heads up this current version of the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass. Singing lead and tenor, Willie is excited about the talents of his individual bandmates. They bring many years of performing experience with them to the stage. Larry Klein, known for his soulful Dobro (R) playing, is the group's only remaining original member. He was also the host of NPR's "The Bluegrass Sound" for 30 years, having retired from the radio recently. David Prosser and Don Ashley came to the band as a duo from the well-known Carolina Rebels band, founded by David's dad Hank. David's straight-ahead Scruggs style banjo is lightning fast and metronome perfect. He sings lead and harmony. Don's hard-driven double stop fiddle style and bass voice is an integral part of the band's sound. Keeping the band's beat steady and true is bassist Tommy Thomas. He can also walk up and down the neck when called on. Writing some excellent original material, both melodic and lyrical, is mandolin player Patrick Russell. The band's new CD is out, and they are excited about its potential.

For More Information Contact:

WILLIE WELLS

(615) 351-4839

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WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST BANDS:

Caroline

Caroline Owens is an American Bluegrass and Gospel artist. She has performed alongside many of her heroes such as Alison Krauss, Suzanne Cox, The Isaacs, Larry Gatlin, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Lorraine Jordan and many others. She has made quite a name for herself in the North Carolina bluegrass community and is so excited to be partnering with Pinecastle records on this new venture.

“I began humming around the same time that I started forming words,” she said. “I can recall my mom always having some form of music playing almost constantly throughout our day. I owe many thanks to her for investing her time and devotions toward my interests.”

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WILSON PICKINS PROMOTIONS

(864) 359-7999

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Tri-County Express

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