& Plate Full O' Blues
The Band ...
Austin Brashier – guitar & vocals
Austin Brashier, guitar slinger and vocalist, has been exposed to music his whole life being from a very musical family. But it was the exposure of guitar monsters like Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Albert King that sent him spiraling through the tunnel of Blues. Not
wasting any time, he took his band on the road after high school, released a CD, and had the privilege of opening for or playing with many Blues greats such as B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Tinsley Ellis, Derek Trucks, and Nappy Brown. When he was not on the road, Austin was backing up many Blues artists traveling through town such as Eddie Kirkland, Phil Guy and the list goes on.
Now with Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues and getting to work alongside artists such as Bob Margolin, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Eddie Shaw, and Hubert Sumlin to name a few, he looks forward to the next musical adventure.
Max Hightower –keyboard, harmonica, guitar, bass & vocals
Max was born and raised in the Upstate of South Carolina. At age 12, he bought his first Blues cassette tape Muddy Mississippi Live by Muddy Waters. The new and mysterious sound of the music had such an immediate impact on him that in no time he was banging around on his Grandmother’s Silvertone guitar. However, it was the Harmonica that became his instrument of choice. He found that there was something almost spiritual about having an instrument that close to his voice, giving every breath meaning. That little 10 hole harp led him down the path of composing his own songs, playing the piano, bass, guitar, singing, teaching and producing. As one of the founding members of Plate Full O’ Blues, he now tours the USA, Canada and Europe. He has even shared the stage with some of the very legends that fueled his passion for the music, like Hubert Sumlin, Willie Smith, Bob Margolin, Eddie Shaw and Leon Everette to name a few.
Scotty Hawkins / Dizzy Dizzy – drums
Scotty Hawkins passed away on March 22, 2019. Scotty was performing with Mac Arnold & PFOB when he had a massive heart attack. RIP Scotty, we all love you.
Zaire “Dizzy” Scott was born and raised in the lower state of South Carolina. Dizzy started playing drums at the age of 2 years old. Dizzy grew up playing in church all of his life. His first band was a country band, then moved on to rock music, afterwards he begin playing R&B and pop. Dizzy moved to the upstate of SC and met Mac Arnold, Max Hightower and Austin Brashier and started playing blues music, and now currently working and touring with Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues. Drummers that influence him are Tony Coleman, Willie Smith, Steve Gadd, Steve Jordan, Earl Palmer & Aaron Spears.