Savannah River Bluegrass

Band Bio

Savannah River Bluegrass was formed in the mid 1990's and calls Aiken, SC home. The band is heavily influenced by bluegrass greats such as Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, and The Osborne Brothers. However, a typical SRB set also includes music of some of the more contemporary groups as well as some of their original tunes. For 25 years Savannah River Bluegrass has entertained audiences of all ages across the Southeast with their toe tapping melodies and tight harmonies. 


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Band Members
Darryl Hudson
Guitar, Lead & Baritone Vocals

Darryl grew up in Warrenville, South Carolina listening to country music and watching The Lewis Family on Sunday afternoon on WJBF in Augusta, Georgia. 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.

Steve Smith
Banjo, Lead & Tenor Vocals

Steve got a Gene Autry guitar from Sears at age 4 and a 5-string banjo at 8. He was influenced by Little Roy Lewis 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.  Steve and his dad, Clinton Smith, formed The Carolina Bluegrass Band in the late 60’s and played the southeast for 35 plus years. Steve was in Nashville during the early to mid 80's as a studio musician and writer.

John Lowery
Mandolin, Lead & Baritone Vocals

John grew up in Southeast Georgia and was introduced to bluegrass by his father, who played banjo for many years. At age 13 he started playing guitar and a year later got a mandolin for Christmas, which he immediately took to.  At age 20 he enlisted in the Air Force and spent the next 23 years traveling the world, which allowed him to experience bluegrass through many other countries such as Canada, Germany and Asia. With over 30 years of experience, John brings a bluegrass picking style to our band that is influenced by Bill Monroe, Sam Bush, and Adam Steffey, among many others. John has played with many bands, throughout the years, including The Liberty Bluegrass Boys from Liberty, Texas; Savannah River Grass from Aiken, South Carolina; Sideline out of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ronnie Davis
Upright Bass & Bass Vocals

Ronnie is originally from Jasper, Georgia and is one of the founding members of Savannah River Bluegrass. 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 Bluegrass Album Band made Ronnie realize that bluegrass is truly his first musical love.

Established in 1991 and reactivated in 2014, the SC BTMA is a non-profit organization chartered by the state of South Carolina.