AWARD WINNING BLUEGRASS MUSIC FROM THE PALMETTO STATE
South Carolina Bluegrass Band PALMETTO BLUE was formed by a group of seasoned musicians from the greater Columbia area
of SC with a common vision: to bring quality bluegrass music to the public, with an emphasis on the traditional bluegrass style.
We are a blend of seasoned veterans of traditional music and the freshness of youthful band members who have been playing
bluegrass music since their childhood. We are serious about having fun while passing along the tradition of our music. 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.
Below, band member Chris Boutwell is presented the 2014 South Carolina Folk Heritage Award at the SC State House
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. Our guitarist, Anna Davis has been playing in bluegrass bands since
she was 13. In 2008, she won the banjo contest at the Congaree Bluegrass Festival at the age of 16. Multi-instrumentalist
and vocalist Patrick Russell plays guitar, mandolin, and bass, and sings both lead and harmony. While in the U.S. Army, Patrick
was in a bluegrass band that won the All-Army-Band competition, competing against bands from around the world. 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.
Take a listen to us playing at the South Carolina State Fair in October 2014
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 Band 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!
If you're looking at South Carolina bluegrass bands, you're sure to be pleased if you call on us the next time you need a bluegrass band to provide entertainment!