Edisto River Band
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Band lineup for 1990, Elizabeth Hutto had just left the band. — with Hal Axson, Mac Millen, Jerry Axson, Jeffrey Padgett, Eddie Hutto and Bobby Padgett.

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Eddie Hutto - Guitar and Vocals. — with Eddie Hutto.

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Mac Davis - Drums and Vocals. — with Mac Millen.

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Hal Axson - Bass and Vocals. — with Hal Axson.

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Jerry Axson - Guitar and Vocals. — with Jerry Axson.

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Bobby Padgett - Sound Engineer and a great guy who gave us a place to practice. — with Bobby Padgett.

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Jeffrey Padgett - Percussions and instruments and another great guy. — with Jeffrey Padgett.

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Part of our 1990 promotional package.

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More of our 1990 promotional package.

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Jeffrey Padgett wearing a very stylish Edisto River Band T-Shirt — with Jeffrey Padgett.

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Jeffrey Padgett at the sound board during a live show. — with Jeffrey Padgett.

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Edisto River Band jamming it live. — with Jeffrey Padgett, Mac Millen and Hal Axson.

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Edisto River Band live. — with Hal Axson, Jeffrey Padgett, Jerry Axson, Mac Millen and Eddie Hutto.

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Edisto River Band load up after the show.

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Later version of the Edisto River Band performing at the 2008 Benefit for Loretta Mitchum. — with Eddie Hutto, Wes Hanna and Hal Axson.

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Later version of The Edisto River Band playing live at Kucker's. Hal Axson is seen here sitting in for Dana Hughes on Bass. — with Eddie Hutto, Allen Thomson and Hal Axson.

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Later version of The Edisto River Band playing live at Skynyrd's Grill & Sports Bar. — with Eddie Hutto, Wes Hanna and Fred Jeffers.

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Later version of The Edisto River Band playing live at Skynyrd's Grill & Sports Bar. — with Eddie Hutto, Wes Hanna and Fred Jeffers.

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Only the brave play with their eyes closed! playing live at Skynyrd's Grill & Sports Bar. — with Eddie Hutto.

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Later version of The Edisto River Band playing live at Skynyrd's Grill & Sports Bar. — with Eddie Hutto, Wes Hanna and Fred Jeffers.

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Later version of The Edisto River Band playing live at Skynyrd's Grill & Sports Bar. — with Eddie Hutto, Wes Hanna and Fred Jeffers.

The Edisto River Band was originally conceived by Eddie Hutto and has been a fixture in and around the Orangeburg area music scene for many years. Over those years there have been many different local players passing through the band as it took one form or another but I’m going to write a brief note about the band that I had the privilege to play in because that’s what I know.

 

My brother, Hal Axson, was asked to join the band at one point to fill the Bass position and he managed to talk the band into a second guitarist alongside Eddie at which point he then talked me into playing out with a live band again because at that time in my life I was turning to writing and recording at home. I must admit I did not want to participate but once I began practicing with Eddie, Mac, Elizabeth, and Hal I discovered a new level of musicianship I had not experienced before nor have I really experienced since in a band situation. Coming from a mostly hard rock music background I was not prepared for the set list material, the execution and delivery of the material, or the great players I had thrown in with. I consider Eddie Hutto to be one of the best blues and slow-hand players this region has to offer in his vein of music and I was smart enough to pay a lot of attention to what he played and how he played it. Simply put I learned from him and he has my respect. My second joy about the band was playing with Elizabeth, she was incredible on the keyboard being classically trained and she made the difference between a “good” cover band and a “damn fine” cover band and for that I thank her!

 

The band occasionally still appears here and there in different shapes and forms but I will always remember how much I enjoyed playing with these particular musicians in that place at that point in time.

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