Band Member Bio's
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.
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.