Dawn Barnes - Vocalist
Born and raised in Sumter, SC, Dawn has been singing since childhood with youth choirs, show choirs, concert choirs, and later singing with Church Praise Teams. During the last ten years, she has been singing with several different cover bands. Presently, she is the female vocalist for The Carolina Blue Dots.
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.
Mike Bell - Keyboards
Mike started playing piano when he was 11 years old. He is a self taught musician from Barnwell County, SC. Mike has traveled across the southeast and played in various Church bands. He has played for contemporary Christian recording artists including Vicki Yoh'e and Mark Condon. Mike resides in North Augusta, SC. Currently, he plays keyboards for The Carolina Blue Dots.