Southern Express

Lee Ward: (guitar and lead vocals) Founding member of the group.  Lee has played with numerous Bluegrass groups throughout the Carolinas for the past 30+ years.  Southern Express was formed in 1978.  Lee works at Carolina Tractor as a Product Support Sales Rep.

Jim Browne:  (bass guitar)  Jim’s diverse musical background began in 1948.  During the early part of his musical career, Jim played with several symphonic orchestras until becoming involved with acoustic music in 1960.  Jim joined Southern Express in 1986.  Jim is semi retired and enjoys playing music and restoring cars.

Mike Benton: (mandolin / lead-tenor vocals) Mike has played various styles of music over the span of his life and earned his music degree from Appalachian Stage University.  Mike re-joined Southern Express in 1988.  Mike is the owner of Hill Electric Company in Charlotte, NC.

Donnie Gulledge: (banjo and baritone vocals) Donnie has played banjo since 1968, performing with several regional bluegrass groups.  Donnie joined Southern Express in 2012.

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