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How We Began

Southern Specific is the result of some casual talk between friends that liked traditional country music. At a jam session…Sparky mentioned that we should get together a group to play Hank Williams and similar music. Sparky assumed correctly that the audience at Albert Hall would enjoy what we were doing. We assembled a group and performed our first set.

Over the next few sets at Albert Hall, our members changed a bit, and our music selections changed a bit as well. Our band transformed into what is recognized today as Southern Specific.

We truly enjoy playing together, and according to the audience…it shows.


What We Play


We play a wide range of traditional
country, early rock and roll, rock-a-billy, and some more modern country that has the traditional sound and feel.

You're likely to hear songs made popular by Hank Thompson, George Jones, Faron Young, Dwight Yoakum, Hank Snow, Lefty Frizzell, Johnny Horton, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Sr., Junior Brown, Wayne Hancock, Don Williams, Rick Nelson, Buck Owens, Ernest Tubb...even Carl Perkins, Bill Haley and Chuck Berry.



Gone...But Not Forgotten

Pacy "Ski" Handlovsky


Ski passed away October 12, 2012

Ski was a talented musician who shared his musical knowledge with all he encountered. At a jam, on stage, or just in person he was the kind of person with which you wanted to spend time.

The audience always enjoyed Ski's renditions of Hank Williams songs, "Folson Prison Blues"...and a particular crowd favorite..."Auctioneer". We will all miss Ski's music, friendship and sense of humor.



Jim Rider


Jim Rider lost his courageous battle with cancer on January 8, 2011.

Jim had a warm personality and incredible knowledge of music. Jim knew the lyrics to almost every country song ever written, and truly enjoyed playing music, entertaining others.

Jim's rhythm playing and vocals will be missed by band members and fans alike.

His friendship will be missed all the more.




Sparky Dyer


One of the founding members of Southern Specific,
Sparky passed away in December of 2007.

Sparky had the ability to hear a song once, then play the lead melody. Sparky was often featured in instrumental numbers,
like "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" or "Sleepwalk".

An incredible lead guitarist, a good man and dear friend…
we all miss him very much.



Ron Morris


Many of you know that my Father was a huge part in why I got involved in music. He passed away on January 30th, 2009.

While never a member of Southern Specific, he made his mark on the country music scene. Here's a picture from the early 1950s, when Dad was part of the Trailblazers. He is on the left. Country music fans will remember Sally Starr in the middle.