BLUEGRASS MUSIC FROM THE PALMETTO STATE
PALMETTO BLUE was formed in 2013 by a group of seasoned musicians from the midlands and greater Columbia area of
South Carolina with a common vision: to play bluegrass music with an emphasis on staying true to the traditional
style, and to present a show that will entertain the audience as well as educating them on the music and its traditions.
Our lead singer, bluegrass veteran Chris Boutwell, brings you all the old favorites as well as many lesser known but
equally great songs. You'll be challenged to find a vocalist who knows the lyrics to more bluegrass songs than Chris.
He is also our bluegrass historian, and can tell you all the stories behind the songs and the music.
With one foot in the old tunes that date back before the early bluegrass era, and another foot in the golden era of
bluegrass, Palmetto Blue brings you bluegrass muusic true to tradition. Shellie Davis and Steve Reeves bring a fresh
sound to the music, and they bring some newer songs to the band as well. Along with our dose of Monroe or Flatt and
Scruggs classics, you may hear some songs that were done by Feller and Hill, Alison Krauss, or even Steve Reeves doing
a Willie Nelson song or two. Steve is one of the finest flatpickers you will ever hear, and plays in a style that is
reminiscent of Tony Rice. Steve Willis plays the banjo tunes and backup true to the tradition of Scruggs, Stanley, Crowe,
and others. Ashley Carder brings a style of fiddling that trancends the old time and early bluegrass traditions. He has
been known to pull out old obscure fiddle tunes that he learned from South Carolina fiddlers before him such as Pappy
Sherrill and Vernon Riddle. All together, these five make up Palmetto Blue.
Come to a Palmetto Blue show. You will not be disappointed!
We will play for your party, event, city festival, BBQ, wedding reception, afternoon social club, folklore class,
political rally, historical exhibit, barn raising, hunt club, fundraiser, state, national, or international conference,
family reunion, and just about any other kind of event you can think of!
Call on us the next time you need a bluegrass band to provide entertainment!