Band Member Bio's

Donnie Harvey

Banjo and Vocals

Donnie Harvey is our newest member of the Southern Express Bluegrass band, but he is no rookie. He has played for many years in the Southeastern US and is extreamely well known. He is a Scruggs style driving banjo player and will fit in really nicely. He has played in the very popular Highway 41 South and currently plays with the Rekindled Grass in Central Florida. 

Dan Smith

Lead and Mandolin

Dan Smith plays mandolin/guitar and sings baritone with Southern Express Bluegrass. He has played bluegrass music professionally since 1976. He was a founding member of the awarding winning Southern Star Bluegrass from the Plant City area of central Florida. Dan was twice named Florida Mandolin Champion in the 1980’s and has appeared twice on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Dan has recorded on 18 albums with various artists throughout his music career. He has also been a member of the praise band at his local church. 

Dan is a graduate of the University of Florida and married to the love of his life for the past 40 years. They have two amazing daughters (grown) and a beautiful granddaughter. Dan and his family are lifelong residents of Plant City, Florida.  Dan truly enjoys the blessings of his family and the comradery and friendship he receives from working in an extremely talented bluegrass band that is Southern Express Bluegrass.

Ron Rimmer

Banjo and DoJo

American Bluegrass Banjo and DoJo player
Ron has been playing the banjo since he was 10 years old. At the age 0f 13 he established The Sunshine Bluegrass Boys along with world class musician Mike Marshall..This group of teenagers performed all around the southeast until 1978. Ron then joined The American Bluegrass Express from Orlando. This band included Marty Raybon who went on to become the lead singer for the supergroup Shenandoah.. He has also been a member of the Orange Blossum Bluegrass band also from central Florida. Ron is a lifelong resident of central Florida and currently resides in Auburndale along with his wife of 38 years Pam. Together they have 5 children and enjoy traveling and fishing