Guitar,Lead and Harmony Vocals
I was born on January 27 1980 in Salem Virginia. Started singing at the age of three. The first song I sang was "Elvira" by The Oak Ridge Boys. I started playing bass at age seven. I started playing guitar at age sixteen, when my grandfather S.M. Dowdy bought me a FG 180 Yamaha, and he showed me my first chords. Also play mandolin. I have played with several bands including Lock, Stock and Barrell, Bum Ride and Junior Sisk and Rambler's Choice. I founded Southern Comfort with by brother Donald and was an original member of The Locust Mountain Boys, along with my father. I joined The Bluegrass Brothers nine years ago as the guitar player and have been on seven recordings. I enjoy writing songs and have written several that our band has recorded. Few Degrees Colder, Blue Eyed Girl, Country Boy Moves On, Cold Virginia Blues, One More Try and two Gospel songs, Please Take My Hand and Ask The Lord. When not playing music I enjoy fishing and hunting, especially "Coon Hunting", and Nascar racing. My favorite food is ribeye steak, favorite color is blue and my favorite movie is Days Of Thunder.
Bass,Lead and Harmony Vocals
I was born on March 15 1961 and started playing music at the age of seventeen with a local group from Salem, Virginia, where I have lived all my life. The band was called The Back Creek Boys, and thats how I got my first gig. I played Bluegrass with The Back Creek Boys for about a year, almost every night of the week and I credit my learning Bluegrass from those guys. I had to quit playing every night because of family and work. I started playing "Old Time" music about a month later with some good ol' boys from Craig County. They called themselves The Meadow Creek Express Band. Thats where I learned to sing the Old Time music that I Love. We played together until 1989 and that's when my brother Robert and I started pickin' together, with three other guys. Mickey Conner, John Conner and Billy Hurt Jr.. Since that day we have had several different guitarists and a couple of different Mandolin players, until we found Jack Leonard Jr., and my son Steven Dowdy. Although Steve was a very young musician, I stuck with him because I knew that he would someday be a top-knotch musician. Boy was I right! I guess my greatest accomplishment would have to be winning the Virginia State Championship five times on bass fiddle and three times on the male vocal, though I hope that someday I can reach the National spotlight like some of the greatest singers such as Russell Moore, Ronnie Bowman or Ralph Stanley, or to be recognized for my bass pickin' like the great Tom Gray.
Banjo, Lead and Harmony Vocals
Born on October 27 1956. I started playing the guitar at age five. I played Rock and Country music until I was twelve and then started playing the banjo and Bluegrass music. I was influenced by The Osborne Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs, Reno Smiley and The Stanley Brothers. I have been married for twenty one years and have a son and a daughter.
I work for Norfolk Southern Railroad in Virginia, as a Maintenance Technician. I started playing the banjo on a Kay. After one year I had saved up enough money to buy a new RB 800 Gibson Master Tone and played it for thirty four years. I recently purchased a RB 75 JD Crowe signature Gibson Master Tone, That I currently play. The first band I played in was The Bluegrass Playboys.
which was a family band consisting of my brothers and I. I played with The New Grass Revue for five years and then spent two years with The Gospel Gentlemen. In 1989 my brother Victor and I formed The Bluegrass Brothers.
I was born in Fairfax, Va on Oct. 4th 1971. I currently live in the Lynchburg, Va area. I started playing guitar when i was 10. A year later with encouragement from my father John & close friend Warren Sharp, i started playing the dobro. I first met Josh Graves in 1984 at a bluegrass festival in Waynsboro, Va. He was a close friend & teacher to me until his passing in 2006. He even let me perform shows with himself & Kenny Baker. I also had the honor of learning from Mike Auldridge. Since the late 1980's, i have won mutiple dobro contest & played in many bands including Country Fried Grass, In The Tradition, Maury River Bluegrass Band & others. I've wrote some song that have been recorded. "Must be Sunday morning", "I wonder who's calling you darlin tonight" , "The sailor & the kid", & "Ugly Roomers" are a few of my original songs. In my spare time i enjoy playing music, watching movies, going to concerts, & spending time with my family & pets.
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