ABOUT

Sons of the South is a local bluegrass band that has been entertaining bluegrass lovers since the 1950’s. They continue to be crowd favorites wherever they play, delivering their own hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, performing traditional as well original material. The band entertains regularly at Sims Country BBQ, Mt. Gilead Music Barn and Debbie’s Country Kitchen. They proudly won 1st place at Yadkin County Fiddler’s Convention in 2014 and again in 2015 and claimed 4th place at the fiddler’s convention in Galax in 2014. The band also returned to Raleigh and performed at the Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival in October, 2014. They are scheduled once again to perform this year at the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in Wilkesboro, NC. Sons of the South are currently a member of the High Lonesome Strings Association .The highlight of this year so far has been performing at Merlefest recently in Wilkesboro, NC. The band was thrilled to learn recently that their 2014 performance of 500 Miles at Galax was put on the 79th Annual Galax Fiddler’s Convention commemorative CD. They are thrilled to have won 1st place at Galax this year after two awesome performances of Little Georgia Rose and Darling Corey.

Screen name:
sos1092325
Member since:
Sep 26 2015
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years together:
5
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Age:
57 years

Influences

Country Gentlemen, Seldom Scene. Flat and Scruggs; Stanley Brothers

Members Of Band

Michael Souther, a long standing member of Sons of the South, states “The Sons of the South was founded in the 1950’s with Avery Aiken on banjo and my father, Luther Souther, on guitar. The band came back together in the 1980’s with Tommy Killian playing the fiddle and singing tenor and lead. Luther Souther would play bass and sing baritone. Gary Isenhour played guitar, sang lead and tenor. My name is Michael Souther and I would try to play banjo and sing lead, baritone and tenor. I was blessed to play with these great men over the next thirty years. The band has had many members who have come and gone, but all are family to me.”

Gary Isenhour lives in Stony Point, NC. Gary’s soulful voice, coupled with his hard-driving flat-picking style, is a true asset to Sons of the South. He has played with various bands throughout the area including Dewey Farmer and Powder Creek, Harold Killian and the Catawba River Boys as well as the popular Dry Run Bluegrass Band. Gary played a short time with LW Lambert and The Blue River Boys. He played with the Sons of the South from 1989-1999 and proudly re-joined the band in January of this year. He has won numerous accolades for his talents, including awards at Galax, VA and multiple other fiddlers’ conventions. Gary has opened for such greats as the Country Gentlemen, Bobby Hicks, Blue Highway, and the Jeanette Williams Band. When not working his normal job and performing with Sons of the South, Gary enjoys cruising the back roads on his motorcycle with his wife, Maria.

Connor Lambert lives in Troutman, NC. Connor is a widely traveled musician, having played mandolin for nearly 40 years. He comes from a musical family, having traveled and played music with his father, the late Garland Lambert. Connor is also the pastor at Troutman Church of God. Lambert has recorded with many different people over his career. He sings lead and harmony vocals with Sons of the South.

Franklin Rash is originally from Union Grove, NC. He comes from a musical family and background. He has been involved with bluegrass music since childhood and has performed with friends, family as well as other musicians. Rash has performed with organized musical groups including: Grass Vibrations (family band), Murphy Brothers with L.W. Lambert and L.W. Lambert & The Blue River Boys. He began performing with Sons of the South in December 2013. Rash provides a solid foundation for all of Sons of the South music.

We are excited to announce the addition of Mr. Rick Lowe, who joined the band recently. He is a great guy and an very talented fiddle player. Rick Lowe was born and raised in High Point, NC. Early exposures to music included singing in a church boys’ choir and playing violin in his school string program. During high school, Rick participated in the all-state orchestra and was selected to attend the orchestra program at the NC Governor’s School. He began playing bluegrass at Furman University as a founding member of Gritz. After college, Rick played one season in the Carowinds Bluegrass Band, where he began playing mandolin.

Rick moved to Winston-Salem, NC in 1980 to perform with Boot Hill. There he met his wife, Marty, and began a career as an actuary and retirement consultant, eventually retiring from Aon Hewitt as a Senior Vice President in 2011.

Rick has been performing bluegrass music with several bands for more than 40 years, playing fiddle and mandolin and singing lead and harmony. He has won several prizes at fiddler’s conventions over the years. Playing fiddle with the Deer Creek Boys, he was part of the first place bluegrass band at the 2007 Galax Fiddlers Convention

EQUIPMENT

Sound system

MUSIC

CALENDAR

Past Events

Gloucester, VA

Join us for a wonderful afternoon of traditional bluegrass tunes and great views of the mountains. Bring your friends and family! This will be our first time at LFW but hopefully not the last!

Woodford, VA

Mt Gilead, NC

Cabin Fever, Virginia Beach, VA

We'll be performing live at the Sunrise Café in Cleveland, NC at 6:30 pm

SOS appearing live at the NC State Bluegrass Festival in Marion, NC

SOS appearing live at the WV bluegrass festival

Sons of the South appearing live at the Fairview Ruritan in Galax, VA

Sons of the South live at Mt Gilead Music Hall, 7:30 pm

SOS live at Burke Manor Bluegrass Event

This is our 3rd year playing at the 3b Festival in Union Grove- see you there! Definite time to be announced later

Sons of the South BG Band, live at the Brushy Mtn Apple Festival; shows at 10 am and 1 pm

Come on out for a Great night of bluegrass music and fun in Fletcher, NC

Sons of the South is proud to be performing at the Ole Time Fiddler's and Bluegrass Festival in Union Grove

Great show in store in Mt Gilead! Great music and dancing

Troutman Church of God, Main St, Troutman, NC. Please come out to make this a success....we need your help. We play at 2 pm

Sons of the South appearing at Sheffield Music Hall

Great night of bluegrass at the Historic Earle Theater in Mt Airy, NC

Private show for the SCV Banquet. West Iredell

Great night of bluegrass music in Mt Gilead

Private Christmas Party, Brushy Mtn Ruritan

Private Chrismas Party- Iredell Water

Come enjoy a night of Great music with Sons of the South, Big Country Bluegrass and Others. Music starts around 4 pm

3b Festival in Union Grove NC. Sons of the South plays at 1:15 pm

Come enjoy the Fall air, changing leaves and Great Bluegrass Music by Sons of the South BG Band.
Playing at 10 am and 1 pm

Friday night bluegrass at Sheffield Music Hall in Mocksville, NC