Founded in 2006 by guitarist Sandy Nivens and mandolin player Keith McCullough, the Bluestone Ramblers are a Lowcountry bluegrass band headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to Nivens and McCullough, Gary Payne on the banjo, Shawn Beckner on the bass, and Derek Deakins on the fiddle. Hailing from varied and distinct Southern backgrounds, their sound is heavily influenced by the likes of Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Seldom Scene, and Hot Rize. The quintet is a staple on stage across the Carolinas with headlining appearances at the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, Harvest Festival, in addition to private events.