We are a traditional Bluegrass Band providing music
from 60, s, 70, s, & 80, s with some modern update
tunes added along with some old time Country songs
performed. We have traveleled over 1/2 thr USA and
Canada performed at hundreds of festivals and private
venues. We have appeared on Radio, TV & ETV. We have
had the pleasure of fronting the likes of Doc Watson,
Carl Story, the great Chubby Wise, performed with the
Charlie Daniels, The Oak Ridge Boys and Louise Man-
drell. We also have fronted Leonrd Skynrd.We have had
the pleasure of working many, many weddings
The Carolina Rebels exceeded my expectations. They had over 1.5hr drive to my event and arrived early, set up, and started entertaining on time. They were a hit at the party and some of the best bluegrass I've heard to date. Every musician were masters of their instrument. Loved it! Thanks guys!
What to Expect
The Rebels Show is both high energy and fun. We try to mix in old favorite and a few new and off the wall things to help keep the crowd involved and enjoying the show. our sets can be taylored to meet whatever event your planning as well as working as just good background music for a more networking type event.
Popular with bluegrass and non bluegrass audiences alike The Carolina Rebels delight crowds with a mix of old style bluegrass, fast banjo and fiddle tunes, original songs, smooth 4/4 shuffles, quartet vocals…..and most importantly…..an entertaining show that every one can enjoy.
The Carolina Rebels have been feature acts at bluegrass festivals across the country, appeared on TV and radio, and are proud to have performed for world leaders, including Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Frasier, Ambassadors from Japan, and the entire Caribbean delegation hosted by former President Ronald Reagan. We have performed for colleges, churches, weddings, picnics, public events and private parties.
"Whenever good entertainment is needed the Carolina Rebels are ready...."
Hank was born in the farming community of Lake City, SC. He performed with the Carolina Hillbillies on radio in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s prior to his military service in WWII. When Hank returned home from the war he attended college eventually becoming an accountant. Hank was absent from music until the late 1970’s when he along with his son David (who left the band in 1994), Don Ashley and Tom Sherrod laid the groundwork for the Carolina Rebels.
Hank plays mandolin with the group and sings high tenor vocals that will remind some of Carl Storey and Joe Val. Hank is the business manager for the band and seems to enjoy the role of “The Headache Man”.
Hank lives in Columbia with his wife Barbara and they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Don learned how to play fiddle as a teen, taking lessons from Bill Haney, a master entertainer and one of the original “Tennessee Cut-Ups”. Bill taught him not only how to play but also dynamics of developing his own style. Don is one of three original Carolina Rebels, and along with Hank and Tom helped mold the direction the band would take on a successful journey that has lasted over twenty years.
Don has a deep bass voice that is put to good use on the gospel quartets. Not having a “high-pitched” bluegrass voice, he has to work with what he has and his smooth lead vocals are well used on songs by Ray Price, Jim Reeves, and other male artists from the 50’s and 60’s. Don also enjoys acting as the bands Master of Ceremonies.
Don lives in Columbia with his wife Kelly and has two daughters
Born in Springhope, NC to Sammy and Sadie Sherrod, Tom was one of thirteen children and grew up as a hardworking farm boy. Being the first of the children in his family to graduate from high school, Tom then served three years in the Army, which included a tour of duty in Vietnam as a supply specialist. After his stint in the military, Tom worked for the US Postal service in West Columbia SC, retiring after 27 years. Tom married Barbara Joann Wallace in 1968 and he has 2 stepchildren and 4 grandchildren.
An original member of the Carolina Rebels, Tom plays rhythm guitar and sings lead vocals, drawing from his extensive knowledge and love of gospel, country, and bluegrass music. Tom’s high pitched bluegrass lead vocal style is well suited to build three and four part harmony around.
David started out playing rock guitar and found it didn't excite him even playing the lead guitar. In the late 1970'w he and Don heard The original version of 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown' by Flatt and Scruggs and He fell in love with the sound. David spent is summer and ever spare moment glued to the instrument picking up as much as he could from listening to Earl Scruggs, Don Reno and every other player he could listen to to inspiration though his hero will alway be Earl.
David also plays Guitar and Dobro on some of the tunes depending on the sound a feel a song needs and sings Lead and Baritone on several songs.
David Lives in West Columbia with his Wife Paula and has a son and a daughter.
The Newest member of the Carolina Rebels is Burle. Burle comes to the band from Sumter SC Where he has played with several lock bluegrass bands and has served as a backup bass player to the band for a a while now. Burle sings a few songs with us and even joins in on some of the harmonies. His strong solid timing is the foundation of the rythmn and he has a great time at every show we play. he lives with his wife Jean and he has 2 daughters.
Additional Booking Notes
the band takes up a very small footprint as far as staging and can fit into an area of 20 feet by 10 feet which includes sound system.
Past Booked Events
|May 31, 2014||Wedding Reception|
|November 16, 2013||Birthday Party|
our Performance list is very large and we can perform up to 5 different sets of over 45 minutes with no song repeats if needed.
|Julian "Hank" Prosser||Manager|
|Gerald "Tom" Sherrod||Guitar & Vocalist|
|Donald "Don" Ashley||MC, Fiddle & Vocalist|
|Burrell Rodgerson||Bass & Vocalist|
|David Prosser||Banjo & Vocalist|
Influences & Inspiration
Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, Bill Haney
Minimum of 20' by 10' of space for band and sound system. One 110 volt line for power.