Buster Riedel - Lead Vocalist and Percussion
Buster has been playing and singing professionally since 1965. He has worked with numerous groups over the past 55 years. Opening for The Bar-Kays, Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard, Kool and the Gang, Tammy Wynette, Marty Robbins, Lynn Anderson and James Brown. Buster performed two years on the tv show that aired on Channel 26, called "America Heart of the Country". He has numerous years of experience with studio recording, road work, producing, co-writing and vocal. One prominent beach music DJ said that Buster has one of the best beach music voices that he has ever heard! Currently, Buster handles the lead vocals and percussions for The Carolina Blue Dots.
Derek Tesch - Drums and Vocals
Derek has been around the Beach and Shag music scene for years dating back to the early seventies when he began touring at the age of sixteen playing drums. Derek has toured with various versions of the Drifters, Tams, The Four Tops, and The Chairman of The Board, The Outlaws, Roy Head, The Phones and James Brown. Presently, Derek plays drums and sings for The Carolina Blue Dots.
Steve Davis - Bass and Vocals
Steve has performed and recorded with various acts/bands throughout his illustrious musical career. He concentrated on acts doing original material and mainly performed at venues and events in the Louisville, KY and Southern Indiana areas from the mid-80's through 2013. in 2013, he moved to Aiken, SC and mingles in the local music scene, attending music events, supporting fellow musicians and occasionally performing at area Open Stage nights. Currently, Steve plays bass and sings for The Carolina Blue Dots.
Rich Richardson - Keyboards and Vocals
Rich is a self taught musician from Freeport, NY. As a kid, he was introduced to Doo Wop music and fell in love with it. While serving in the Army, Rich grew an interest in the keyboards and while stationed in Hawaii, honed his skills as a keyboardist. Rich has played in R&B, Jazz and Funk bands before joining The Carolina Blue Dots. He has worked with the Platters, opened for The Manhattans, violinist Jerald Daemyon and has performed with jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Rich plays keyboard and sings for The Carolina Blue Dots.
Fabio Mann - Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Fabio's experience includes beach music tours and shows with The Four Tops and several regional groups and festivals in and around Atlantic Beach. Studio and recording sessions with James Brown and many performances with Wycliffe Gordon and local orchestras in Augusta GA, Greenville, SC and Columbia SC. Many Broadway touring shows including Westside Story, Oliver!, Oklahoma, Camelot, The Music Man and many others. The Carolina Blue Dots represents an opportunity to return to Beach Music with an incredible original ensemble poised to make it's own mark on this exciting genre!
Art Amaral- Sax and Vocals
Raised in Massachusetts, Art has been playing professionally since the age of thirteen. He honed his skills with local and regional bands of many genres. From orchestras, big band swing, jazz, blues and funk, Art has definitely developed his own style and skills. He is a veteran of countless hours in the studio. Twenty years in California gave him the opportunity to play at the hottest jazz and blues clubs in LA. His touring credits include opening for The Steve Miller Band, Huey Lewis and The News, The Four Tops, Eric Carmen, Tommy James and the Shondells and Vanilla Fudge. Art currently reside in Aiken, SC and plays saxophone and sings for The Carolina Blue Dots.