“Southern children going forward at top volume” is truly what this little mission band born at a Bar-B-Que joint on the side of the road is. The South Carolina Broadcasters are not to be missed. From heart stompin’ love songs to rowdy gospel numbers that’ll make you shout hallelujah there is a rare beauty and honesty in the trio’s music. Ivy, Sarah, and David share a common passion that creates a sound that often amazes even them. “It’s not old-time, it’s not bluegrass, it’s The South Carolina Broadcasters!” Be it an old standard out of the hymnal or a song from their own pen, their music is alive. The trio has shared the stage with Ralph Stanley, Taj Mahal, Ricky Skaggs, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops and can be found touring the country and bringing their distinctive sound to a venue near you.
Ivy Sheppard expresses herself in this world with music. It is the sounds of a bygone era that resonate so clearly in her soul. She had the great fortune to learn her banjo and fiddle stylings at the feet of the great Birchfield family of east Tennessee. Through dedication and persistence she and The Broadcasters work tirelessly to bring the music of her home to a new generation. Ivy can typically be found with a fiddle in her hands, or searching for a new venue for the band. She hosts the “Surry Spotlight” on legendary radio station, WPAQ, Tuesday’s at 2pm.
Sarah Osborne feels most alive making this music. She grew up in the Piedmont of North Carolina, singing the gospel songs of her great grandmother, the slave spirituals she learned at Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre, the musical soundtrack numbers on her Grandmother’s turn-table, and the sweetly passionate tunes she crafted as a “fiery and determined” young girl. Sarah met her first banjo in the summer of 2012, and after some hesitation, fell head-over-heels in love. Her other passions include her horses, traveling, and fresh biscuits from Snappy Lunch. She attends college classes when she has the time.
David Sheppard puts the drive in The Broadcasters sound. Like a freight train coming on down the line his style of playing gives The Broadcasters an unmistakable sound. Currently, his song writing knack is gaining the trio lots of attention. He is a world-renowned luthier and expert restorer of vintage acoustic instruments. Learn more about the shop here.