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South Carolina Bluegrass Band MADE IN THE SHADE began in the fall of 2016 when several long time South Carolina bluegrass veterans got together just for fun to see what kind of music they could make together. Well, it turns out that they really enjoyed sharing in their love of traditional bluegrass music, and the old fashioned harmonies just seemed to flow naturally.

The band includes local bluegrass veterans Chris Boutwell on vocals and mandolin, Darryl Hudson on vocals and guitar, Ronnie Davis on vocals and bass, Steve Willis on banjo, flatpicking guitarist and vocalist Ed Dalton, and fiddler Ashley Carder. Two members, Chris Boutwell and Ashley Carder, received South Carolina's Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award, which is presented annually by the South Carolina General Assembly to practitioners and advocates of traditional arts in the state. All of Made in the Shade's members have been playing music since their youth and are all bluegrass music veterans in their own right.

Made in the Shade loves to share their music tradition with everyone they meet. Whether it's a hard driving fiddle or banjo tune, an old mountain ballad, a hot flat-picked guitar tune, or the tight harmonies of Chris, Darryl, Ronnie, and Ed, you're sure to find something you will enjoy in a Made in the Shade show.

Below, band members Chris Boutwell and Ashley Carder are presented the South Carolina Folk Heritage Award at the SC State House in 2014 and 2012, respectively

If you want a square dance complete with a veteran caller, we team up with our friend Pete LaBerge, who has been calling traditional square dances for over 40 years, and has called dances for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and many other events.

Come to a Made in the Shade show. You will not be disappointed!

We will play for your party, event, city festival, BBQ, wedding reception, square dance, afternoon social club, folklore class, political rally, historical exhibit, corporate function, barn raising, hunt club, fundraiser, state, national, or international conference, family reunion, oyster roast, and just about any other kind of event you can think of!

If you're looking at South Carolina bluegrass bands, you're sure to be pleased if you call on us
the next time you need a bluegrass band to provide entertainment!

We're a member of the South Carolina Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association and we're insured with Performers of the US.

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