Band members from left to right:  Gary Isenhour (guitar), Michael Souther, band leader (banjo), Connor Lambert (mandolin), Franklin Rash (bass) and Rick Lowe (fiddle).

Sons of the South is a Traditional Bluegrass Band located in the Western and Central Piedmont of North Carolina.  The band has been in existence for over 50 years. Michael Souther inherited Sons of the South from his father and has maintained the same traditional Bluegrass style. Over the years, the band members have changed but the traditional Bluegrass songs, tight harmony and professional instrument work has been a mainstay for the band.  The band delivers a hard driving and heartfelt style of bluegrass music, performing traditional as well original material. 




Michael Souther  is a lifelong member of Sons of the South. Michael states “The Sons of the South was founded in the 1950’s with Avery Aiken on banjo and my father, Luther Souther, on guitar.  The band came back together in the 1980’s with Tommy Killian playing the fiddle, singing tenor and lead.  Luther Souther would play bass and sing baritone.   Gary Isenhour played guitar, sang lead and tenor.  I played banjo and sang lead, baritone and tenor. I was blessed to play with these great men over the next thirty years. The band has had many members who have come and gone, but all are family to me." Michael has won numerous accolades for his talents at multiple fiddlers' conventions. Early influences: Flatt & Scruggs, Don Reno, Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers. Michael and his wife Sherry reside in Statesville, NC.


Gary Isenhour lives in Stony Point, NC. Gary’s soulful voice, coupled with his hard-driving flat-picking style, is a true asset to Sons of the South.  He has played with various bands throughout the area including Dewey Farmer and Powder Creek, Harold Killian and the Catawba River Boys as well as the popular Dry Run Bluegrass Band.  Gary played  a short time with LW Lambert and The Blue River Boys.  He played with the Sons of the South from 1989-1999 and proudly re-joined the band in January 2013.    He has won numerous accolades for his talents, including awards at Galax, VA and multiple other fiddlers’ conventions. Gary has opened for such greats as the Country Gentlemen, Bobby Hicks, Blue Highway, and the Jeanette Williams Band. When not working his normal job and performing with Sons of the South, Gary enjoys cruising the back roads on his motorcycle with his wife, Maria.


Connor Lambert is a widely traveled musician, having played mandolin for nearly 40 years.  He comes from a musical family, having traveled and played music with his father, the late Garland Lambert.  Connor is also the pastor at Troutman Church of God. Lambert has recorded with many different people over his career.  He sings lead and harmony vocals with Sons of the South and is truly a “wonderful human-being”.  He has won numerous accolades for his talents at multiple fiddlers’ conventions. Connor and his wife Brenda reside in Troutman, NC. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.  

Franklin Rash  was raised in Union Grove, NC.  Franklin plays bass for Sons of the South. He comes from a musical family and background.  He has been involved with bluegrass music since childhood and has performed with friends, family as well as other musicians.  Franklin has performed with organized musical groups including:  Grass Vibrations (family band), Murphy Brothers with L.W. Lambert and L.W. Lambert & The Blue River Boys.   He began performing with Sons of the South in December 2013 and provides a solid foundation for all of Sons of the South music.  Franklin retired after 42 years with the Farm Credit System. Franklin and his wife Beverly reside in Statesville, NC. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Rick Lowe joined the band in 2015. Rick was born and raised in High Point, NC.  Early exposures to music included singing in a church boys’ choir and playing violin in his school string program. During high school, Rick participated in the all-state orchestra and was selected to attend the orchestra program at the NC Governor’s School.  He began playing bluegrass at Furman University as a founding member of Gritz.  After college, Rick played one season in the Carowinds Bluegrass Band, where he began playing mandolin.  He moved to Winston-Salem, NC in 1980 to perform with Boot Hill.  There he met his wife, Marty, and began a career as an actuary and retirement consultant, eventually retiring from Aon Hewitt as a Senior Vice President in 2011. Rick has been performing bluegrass music with several bands for more than 40 years, playing fiddle and mandolin and singing lead and harmony.  He has won multiple prizes at fiddler’s conventions over the years.  Playing fiddle with the Deer Creek Boys, he was part of the first place bluegrass band at the 2007 Galax Fiddlers Convention. Rick and his wife Marty reside in Winston-Salem, NC. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.



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