Sons of the South take top prize in Raleigh

Buddy Michaels (WBAG), Band members: Gary Isenhour, Franklin Rash, Connor Lambert and Rick Lowe; Jim Knight (Got To Be NC Festival). Not pictured, band member Michael Souther.Sons of the South, a venerable and longstanding bluegrass band from Statesville, won the top prize at last month’s Got To Be NC festival in Raleigh. The band has been performing together for more than 50 years with a rotating cast of characters, but always with a solid traditional flavor.

First prize at the Got To Be NC Festival Bluegrass Band Competition on May 21 netted them a cash prize of $500 and engagements at Preddyfest in August, and at the North Carolina State Fair in October.

Current members include Michael Souther on banjo, Gary Isenhour on guitar, Connor Lambert on mandolin, Franklin Rash on bass, and Rick Lowe on fiddle. The vocals are handled by Souther, Isenhour, and Lambert.

This edition of SOS are picking up where they left off last year, when placed first at a number of regional competitions, like Yadkinville Fiddler’s Convention, Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention, and Granite Quarry Fiddler’s Convention. Well done boys!

A new CD is in the works with a release expected later this year.

For more details, visit Sons of the South online.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.