Savannah River Bluegrass Band






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Darryl Hudson grew up  in Warrenville, South Carolina listening to country music and watching The Lewis Family on Sunday afternon on WJBF in Augusta, GA. He got his first guitar at the age of 9 and played country and southern rock music into his teen years. Just out of high school he landed a job as a disc jockey at country music radio station WVAP and found a pile of old bluegrass albums in the back room that seldom got played. One listen to a Flatt & Scruggs album and he was hooked on bluegrass! Darryl bought an upright bass and started playing bluegrass music in 1983 and played guitar and bass in various groups around the Aiken-Augusta area. Now living in Aiken, South Carolina and playing guitar, Darryl sings lead and baritone vocals for Savannah River Bluegrass.

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Gary Oxley of Lexington, SC is the mandolinist for the group. Gary settled in South Carolina after traveling around the world while in the Navy. Playing bluegrass music was always something he wanted to do, so he started taking fiddle lessons from Pappy Sherrill of the Hired Hands; realizing that was not his calling he switched to playing bass and singing tenor with various local groups. Upon joining The Carolina Bluegrass Band as a lead vocalist in 1987, he started playing mandolin, remaining with that group for over 18 years. As a member of Savannah River Bluegrass, Gary sings lead, baritone, and tenor vocals.

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Steve Smith, of Gilbert, South Carolina, got a Gene Autry guitar from Sears at age 4 and a 5 string banjo at 8. He was influenced by watching Little Roy Lewis on WJBF in Augusta Ga. and Snuffy Jenkins on WIS in Columbia, South Carolina. Steve was known as Little Snuffy in his early years after he and his dad Clinton Smith started playing a lot of shows with the Hired Hands and other groups in the area. A band was formed in the early 60's and in the early 70's were known as The Carolina Bluegrass Band playing the southeast for 35 plus years. Steve was in Nashville during the early to mid 80's as a studio musician, writer, and producer. Joining The Savannah River Bluegrass Band in 2007 he plays a 1966 Gibson RB 250 Bowtie Mastertone banjo his dad bought him new in 1966 and sings lead and tenor for the band.

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Ronnie Davis, originally from Jasper, Ga., and one of the founding members of Savannah River Bluegrass, joined the band in 1997. His first bluegrass band experience was in the hills of Georgia in the late 60's, playing bass with the North Georgia Ramblers, located in Cumming, Ga. In the early 70's Ronnie married and moved to Aiken, SC., where he has raised a family and called home for 35 years. During that time he has played a variety of music from country to rock-n-roll, to beach music. In the late 80's groups like IIIrd Tyme Out, Quicksilver and recordings by The Bluegass Album Band, made Ronnie realize that bluegrass is truly his first musical love.