Destination Bluegrass Band
Keith's father; Luther Souther started him singing and playing guitar at the age of six where he learned how to sing harmony with his family while learning to play bluegrass with his Brother. Keith has been singing and playing gospel music at rest homes in Statesville, NC for the past 16 years where he still goes every month. He had been performing with the Sons of the South from 2001 until 2009 until starting a new band in 2010. He has been working hard on getting his vocals right and enjoys playing bluegrass and Bluegrass gospel. Keith has won several individual awards for vocals and enjoys people sing along while performing. "It makes it close and personal". He has traditional roots from Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe to progressive groups like the Seldom Scene, Bluegrass Album Band and bands like Dailey & Vincent and others. He is happily married to Melissa Walker Souther and is employed at American Roller Bearing in Hiddenite, NC. Keith has a MIS degree from Gardner-Webb University.
Brad is originally from Surry County, NC. This area is rich in the sounds of traditional music. He grew up listening to his Grandpa sing the old songs. As a teenager Brad began playing mandolin. When most teenagers were at the Friday night ballgame, he could usually be found at a local jam session. He is a multi-instrumentalist and feels right at home on mandolin, guitar or bass. Brad has played in several bands through the years such as Different Directions, Harvest Wind, Travers Chandler & Avery County, touring the Eastern US, from Massachusetts to Florida and as far west as Missouri. He now makes his home in Advance, NC with his wife Darlene and daughter Allie.
Brad started playing banjo in 1990, he was 16 years old and was fortunate at that time to have taken lessons from L.W Lambert that he went to church with. "The first time I heard L.W. was with my mother and father at the Autumn Leaves Festival at Mt. Airy and I knew the banjo was what I wanted to play". The first band that Brad played with was in Harmony N.C. where he was raised. He then played with Garland Lambert from Union Grove N.C. After
a few years he started playing with Walter Patterson's band Carolina Grass from Hiddenite N.C. he played with them for several years. Brad has played with numerous bands and won multiple banjo contests at fiddlers conventions.
"I my very proud to be playing with such a great bunch of talented guys in Destination Bluegrass". I enjoy the music and fellowship, I have enjoyed it my whole life and thank God for giving me the talent. And l would like to thank my mother and father for there patience and for buying that first banjo. I want to thank my wife for her patience and encouragement.
Randy Willard, Mandolin, Fiddle, Lead Vocals.
Randy is from the Booneville, NC area. He retired from the state of NC as a guard, he is an exceptional lead vocalist, excellent mandolin player and bluegrass fiddle player. Randy formed a band called Rockford Express and were featured in the magazine in Aug 2012 after they released there first CD project. We are excited to have Randy join us and split duties singing and playing multiple instruments.
Boyd Hulin, Mandolin, Guitar, Lead vocals, Tenor and Baritone
Boyd makes his home in the Denton, NC area. Boyd has been apart of two professional bluegrass bands; "Kevin Richardson and Cutting Grass" and "Nu-Blu". He is teaching lessons on different instruments and vocals. Boyd has the ability to blend his harmony voice with anyone he sings with which makes him a highly sought after band member. We are pleased to have Boyd join our group and continue making great bluegrass music.
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