South River Strings is a four piece bluegrass, country, new grass band. From the harmonies to the beautiful sounds of acoustic instruments we try to bring you a full experience of Appalachia and the way we all grew up with picking on the front porch.
Cole Daniels- mandolin/guitar lead vocals
Josh Williams-guitar/harmonica vocals
Will Joyce- duclaimer/dobro/banjo vocals
Forest Burnette- bass/guitar vocals
South River Strings (SRS) was formed by a group of friends pickin’ for fun. They soon came to find their voices and playing ability collided beautifully. With roots in bluegrass rock and roll and the blues SRS bring a unique blend of those genres in all of their music whether it is traditional bluegrass to 60s and 70s rock covers to slow waltzes. SRS was selected to be one of ten artists to represent the state of Virginia for a benefit concert for St Jude’s research that raised tens of thousands of dollars to help children. The bluegrass sounds of SRS the unique vocals harmonies and bluesy licks are bound to keep your attention.
South River Strings Sample Song List
Ballad of String Bean and Estelle Sam Bush
Girl from the North Country Sam Bush
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground Chris Thile
Heart in a Cage Chris Thile
Copperhead Road Steve Earle
Learning to Fly Tom Petty
Free Fallin’ Tom Petty
Mary Jane’s Last Dance Tom Petty
Nose to the Grindstone Tyler Childers
Feathered Indians Tyler Childers
White House Road Tyler Childers
Hard Times Tyler Childers
Ol’ Red Blake Shelton
Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn Alison Krauss and Union Station
Last Train From Poor Valley Norman Blake and Tony Rice
Cry Lonely Chris Knight
It Ain’t Easy Being Me Chris Knight
Atlantic City The Band
Hurricane The Band
The Weight The Band
Paradise John Prine
Sailing Shoes / Crossroads Sam Bush
The Joker Steve Miller Band
Rain and Snow Del McCoury
Tupelo Jason Isbell
Blue Side of the Mountain The SteelDrivers
Turn the Page Bob Seeger
Cecil Brown Hank Williams III
Wayfaring Stranger Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys
My Little Georgia Rose Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys
Callin’ Baton Rouge New Grass Revival
Wanted Dead or Alive Bon Jovi
Diamonds and Gasoline Turnpike Troubadours
Can’t You See Marshall Tucker Band
Whiskey Trampled by Turtles
Meet me at the Creek Billy Strings
I’m on Fire Bruce Springsteen
Red Rocking Chair Doc Watson
Running on Empty Jackson Browne
Friend of the Devil Grateful Dead
Taking it Easy The Eagles
Cole Daniels was born Charlottesville, VA but grew up in Warrenton, VA spending many summers with family in Grundy, Virginia. Bluegrass ran deep through his blood becoming a proficient drummer by the age of 7 and later picking up mandolin. He spent 8 years in the United States Marine Corps traveled the world but always brought his mandolin and kept his roots close. He has been a session musician for step 3 productions in Williamsburg, Virginia, played with multiple big names including Grammy nominated Darrell Webb and Barry Abernathy. Cole is married with 2 children and lives in the river valleys of Stanardsville, VA.
Josh Williams’ bio: Growing up, I was exposed to Rock and Folk by my older brother, Motown and Pop Oldies by my parents, Classic Country by my grandparents, and Bluegrass just by virtue of living in Franklin County, VA. Started classical piano lessons at the age of 8, but by 12 my heart was yearning for stringed instruments, starting with the guitar. No matter what I’m doing, I’m most at home in music that doesn’t stray too far from the truly American repertoire of blues, jazz, country, soul, rock, folk and bluegrass. I currently live on a 26 acre farm at the foot of Shenandoah with my family of 5.
Forrest Burtnette grew up in Hampton Roads but has lived in Central Virginia for over 20 years. He majored in music at JMU in the 1990s and has toured extensively with bands such as Wisher, Sun Domingo and bicycle. He is a professional songwriter who has been signed to Famous Music Publishing. Forrest now runs his own publishing company called Hookhunters, with his friend Marcus Behrens. Forrest is married with two children, loves reading, biking and all playing all sorts of music.
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