Drive South was born 15 years ago and Classic Trio 12 years later. I've played solo for 30 years. These pages are here as a way of meeting people and hopefully getting gigs. If you hear something you like, contact me. Thanks in advance, Don
Drive South is represented by the songs "Carolina in the Pines" by M.M.Murphy and the instrumental tune Eat my Dust or "EMD" by David Grisman
Joseph Hasty , (Morganton, NC.) has had extensive performing experience in many styles of music in a career which has carried him to stages in America, Australia and Europe - where he lived for seven years. He studied jazz chord theory and completed course work at
The School of Contemporary Music in Zurich, Switzerland in 1991.
A school teacher at Freedom High School, Joseph plays Double bass and Guitar in several different ensembles and has performed locally with groups such as "Musica Nostra", "Bob Sinclair and Victrola Club" and his own jazz band "Centerpiece
Don Hogan, (Union Mills, NC.) The most exciting thing I’ve been able to do musically, was to tour Germany the summer of 2013. Western Piedmont Sister Cities sponsored our 3 week tour and I was selected to play guitar for a 4 pc. Bluegrass Band. We needed a name that represented this area, so I came up with “Carolina Wind”.
Before that I was a semi regular solo performer for 5 years at The Grove Park Inn. I performed in the Blue Ridge Dinning rm. I also played the Great Hall from time to time with my Band “Drive South”.
I have been in several other bands; “Frets” was a 3 pc guitar band with Toby Watkins on Bass, who has recorded with Michael Reno Harrell, Roger Hicks on lead and finger style guitar, who recorded with The Shuffler Family . We were regular performers at Rascals in Beech Mtn. NC. Coldest place I ever played.
I was also in a western swing group called “The Delta Billies”. We played all over the Asheville/Waynesville area of NC. We played every resort or festival you can think of and The Asheville Civic Center twice.
I sing and play lead and rhythm on electric or acoustic guitar.
Tony Williamson, (Gilkey, NC.) started playing banjo at age 9 and by age 12 he was already in a working band competing in festivals around the country. By age 15 he won his first of many banjo competitions at the Randall Collins Festival . As a teenager , Tony played in several Gospel groups which helped him develop a talent for guitar and vocals as well .Later, he started playing and helped form the well known group Ages Past which continued to win several contests in the Pizza Hut International Showdown . This lead to placing 4th at SPGMA in Nashville and 1st place in the Asheville , NC. Folk Festival . Tony has a wide variety of influences like Bela Fleck, Courtney Johnson, Bill Keith and even Eddie Van Halen.,,Yup ,he can tare up an electric guitar too . He also plays pedal steele , bass guitar ,and acoustic guitar . Just about anything with strings on it . Did I forget to mention piano ?
Barte Laney , (Goose Creek, NC) is without a doubt one of the most talented players I've ever jammed with. The newest member of the group , he has never had the slightest trouble jumping in on any song whether it's bluegrass, country, blues, etc. He fills his spot up nicely. When not working his day job, Barte can be found giving lessons on Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, or just about anything with strings on it. His last band was the popular Linville Ridge band. His son Colby also was a member, and is a graduate of the Bluegrass Program at East Tennessee State University. He now performs with Volume Five.
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