BLUEGRASS MUSIC FROM THE PALMETTO STATE
PALMETTO BLUE was formed by a group of seasoned musicians from the midlands and greater Columbia area of South Carolina
with a common vision: to bring quality bluegrass music to the public, with an emphasis on the traditional bluegrass style. Our
shows are sure to entertain you, and you will hear old favorites, lively old fiddle and banjo tunes that will make you want to
dance and tap your feet, old time country songs, hard driving bluegrass vocals, a capella trio songs, and new favorites as well.
Our band members are no strangers to the traditional music scene. In the 1970s, Chris Boutwell was the lead singer and
guitarist for the band High Country, which was the premier bluegrass band on the west coast and recorded several LPs in the
early 1970s on the Warner Brothers label. You will be challenged to find someone who knows the lyrics to more bluegrass songs
than Chris. Chris plays mandolin true to the tradition and style of the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. He also knows the history
behind the songs he sings, and will give you a bluegrass history lesson if you're interested. Chris is the 2014 recipient of South
Carolina's Folk Heritage Award for his dedication to preserving bluegrass music traditions. Steve Reeves is one of South
Carolina's premier guitar flatpickers and does his share of singing. Steve plays in a style reminiscent of Tony Rice and was a
member of Grammy nominee Barry Scott’s bluegrass band, Second Wind. Shellie Davis has been playing the bass and singing
in bluegrass bands since she was 8 years old, and will delight you with her sweet vocals. Steve Willis plays banjo in the solid
Scruggs style tradition. He learned banjo licks as a teenager from Little Roy Lewis, and won numerous banjo contests during his
teens. Ashley Carder learned from local SC fiddlers including Pappy Sherrill and Vernon Riddle, and has been playing a driving
style of old time and bluegrass fiddle for over 30 years. Ashley was the 2012 recipient of South Carolina's Folk Heritage Award
and has been a member of numerous bands over the years, including South Carolina bluegrass ambassador Bill Wells' band. If you
are in need of a square dance complete with a veteran caller, we will team up with our friend Pete LaBerge, who has been calling
traditional square dances for almost 40 years, and has called dances for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and many other events.
Come to a Palmetto Blue show. You will not be disappointed!
We will play for your party, event, city festival, BBQ, wedding reception, square dance, afternoon social club, folklore class,
political rally, historical exhibit, corporate function, barn raising, hunt club, fundraiser, state, national, or international
conference, family reunion, oyster roast, 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!