W. Clay Lee - Guitar and Vocals
Clay began his musical career at age eight playing the piano. At thirteen he began playing the guitar and writing songs. Like most musicians, he played in several bands throughout high school and college. After college, he played music full time. He's done shows with the Shirelles, James Brown, The Swinging Medallions, Merle Haggard, Johnny Paycheck, Sammi Smith, Lynn Anderson, The Phones and has backed countless other artists. Clay has had acting roles in five motion pictures and has written music for four of them. Songwriting has always been his passion and he's written well over a thousand songs. Clay has spent countless hours doing studio sessions, which resulted in being on several 45's and many different c.d.'s releases. His latest c.d. "Those Summer Days" by The Carolina Blue Dots was written, arranged and produced by Clay. Currently, he plays guitar, sings, and writes the music 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.
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!
Steve Pruitt - Trombone and Flute
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.