Dixie Ryders

In 2016, the Dixie Ryders have been playing bluegrass around the Dayton area for more than 40 years. Leader Bob Hamblin has been singing lead and playing mandolin since the beginning. Over the years, other long-time members have been Gene Bowlin, lead guitar player and sometime lead singer; Bill Howard, banjo (both three finger and clawhammer style); and Delbert Holt, rhythm guitar and comedy. Other band members have been “Fiddling” Harold Staggs, Todd Elam, Alton Elam, Ellis Shockley, Roger Watts, Wilbur Carpenter, Stan McFarland, and Leo Howell. They have recorded an LP on Old Homestead and two LPs on Central, a cassette on Central, and some self-produced tapes and CDs.

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