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Founder / Lead Vocal

Ryan Abel is a singer, songwriter and director based in Augusta, GA. He is a two time winner of Augusta Magazines Male Vocalist of the Year Award making him one of the most accomplished singers in the Greater Augusta Area. In 2018 he created Goin' South. In addition to his leadership and vocals in Goin' South, he's also the front man for Ed Turner and Number 9, a band that has helped raise over $1,000,000 for local charities. Ryan also enjoys performing Improv and supporting Theatrical Arts with his time and talent.


Band Leader / Lead Guitar

Born and raised In Augusta Georgia, Keith Jenkins began playing guitar at age 11, and by age 14 was performing at local night clubs. After getting an opportunity to audition for his idol and fellow Augustan, James Brown, Jenkins at age 20 began touring with Mr. Brown all over the world. Jenkins spent twelve years with The Godfather of Soul until the latter’s passing in 2006. Most recently, Jenkins has been focused on the Southern Rock tribute ensemble Goin’ South, in which he gets to play the music that first inspired his desire to pick up a guitar and rock.


Lead Guitar

Grady Nickel is a songwriter, guitarist, and producer from Augusta, GA. He has lived in Athens, GA and Nashville,TN and has played with a multitude of diverse bands and artists over the last 30 years. Some of these include horsepower, In Like Flynn, Hundred Year Sun, Scarlet Begonias, and now, Goin' South. He is excited to be playing in Goin' South, reuniting with the drummer from his first band (Russell Jarrett), continuing his long-standing collaboration with his partner in crime/lead guitarist (Keith Jenkins), and getting to play with musicians he has admired for many years.


Lead Guitar

Ronnie Hill began his love of guitar at age 10, picking up an unused guitar of his older brother. Growing up on southern rock, His influences include artists like Joe Walsh and Cheaptrick. Ronnie joined many bands, eventually opening for such acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels and Little Feat. 



Jaycie Ward is a singer/songwriter based in Augusta, GA. She has been singing around the CSRA for over 15 years, and has performed with many musicians from the area. You may have seen her play with Taylor Swan in her group “Jaycie + Taylor”, or with Goin’ South’s own Brooke Lundy. The variety of music reflects on the music she was raised on - which consists of southern rock, pop, and country. You can mention that if you’d like! I’ve done that several times since I was a kid. She has opened for Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Luke Bryan, Lady A, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town... to name a few.



Russ Jarrett was born and raised in Augusta, GA.

He has has a beautiful wife (Ruth) and a wonderful son (Will). Russ has been playing drums for 40 years and he is very proud to be in this band with all of these talented musicians.



Brooke Lundy joins the Goin’ South Family from a background of performance and studio experience in New York/LA/Nashville & Atlanta. Brooke has enjoyed many years as a Professional Lead & Background Vocalist, as well as being a Published Songwriter who has had songs placed in Film, Television and recorded by various Artists. She is grateful to now be back to her roots in the SouthEast and be able to join this stellar super-group as a “Peachette”.



Scott Terry is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist who has toured with The McKameys (southern gospel), The Lewis Family (bluegrass) and Heartland (country). He was featured prominently in special Thanksgiving shows with the late banjo legend Earl Scruggs and has been seen playing for some of Nashville’s hit songwriters. Most recently, he served as Terri Gibbs’ bass player and bandleader, coordinating concerts which celebrated Ms. Gibbs’ Billboard chart success. Equally at home in the studio, Scott has recorded with a diverse group of artists ranging from Clinton Gregory all the way to Afroman


Caleb Wilkerson was born in Tupelo, MS but has been living in the Augusta area since he was 5 years old. He grew up around music and was greatly influenced by his late father, a local minister of music. He started performing at church as a youth, singing and eventually playing bass, piano, and drums as a part of a praise team. He earned a degree in Music Education at Augusta University, focusing on piano, and played in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. He now teaches private music lesson, plays in several local bands, and resides in Evans, Georgia with his wife Chrissy and new baby Leo.


Flute / Saxophone

Rob Foster integrates a wide range of interests and experiences into the music he performs and composes. A versatile woodwind performer, he honed his musical skills in Detroit, where he was immersed in the varied sounds that city is known for -- jazz, blues, Motown, funk, rock, and classical music. His numerous performance and recording credits range from Dizzy Gillespie to John Denver to James Brown. He has taught music at Augusta University since 1996.

Brooks Andrews


Trey Maxwell

Technical Director /  Sound

Mike Grigsby

Light Designer

Jeffery Thomas

Social Media Director


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