HANDS DOWN - ONE OF THE BEST
Rarely do musicians get together just to play music and so quickly fit so well on so many levels ... musical tastes, style, personality, their humor and of course, musical ability. Their musical ability can perhaps be attributed to many years of musical experience, both on stage and in the studio. But the fit on so many other levels is unusual. Perhaps it is due to the easy-going nature of these guys, their inclination to see the lighter side of life and their eagerness to share the fun. Whatever the reason, it is a refreshing experience, both for the members of Hands Down and the audiences that hear and see them. Hands Down invites you to come be a part of the fun, to join the band, so to speak. You can be the fifth member.
Hands Down presents music with an enjoyable blend of classic rock, ‘90s rock, and new rock. Waldo's strong lead voice and electric acoustic guitar, along with David's harmonies and drums, give Hands Down an earthy blend of tones unlike other area bands. Steve's solid and creative bass playing, which locks tightly with the drums, make this one of the best rhythm sections in the upstate. Throw in the exciting and technically advanced lead guitar that Bill brings to the mix, and you have Hands Down, one of the best rock bands in upstate SC!
Bill Shaw
Lead Guitar and Vocals
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Bill didn't begin playing guitar until he was 19 years old. Fresh out of Parris Island as a US Marine, Bill used his first paycheck to buy an electric guitar and amplifier. Inspired by the wave of guitarists from the British Invasion and various American artists, Bill went on to develop his own playing style, purposely trying to not emulate any single individual or musical genre. As evidenced from his unique style you can hear influences of the old blues players as well as Clapton, Hendrix and Page etc. In the early 1980's Bill devoted hours of practice and began playing in various bands in and around Columbia SC.  Bill has been a staple in the Upstate music scene ever since moving to the Upstate of South Carolina in 2004, playing in area bands such as Brotherhood, Famous Last Words, Roxy Pays the Rent, and Hands Down.
Lead Vocals and
Electric Acoustic Guitar
Walter "Waldo" Bagshaw
Waldo got his first guitar at the age of 10, not that he wanted it. Waldo's father wanted him to learn to play guitar. Begrudgingly, Waldo attended lessons twice a week. His fingers hurt all the time! But by the time he was 13, Waldo was becoming quite accomplished on guitar and in vocalization. He joined a local garage band called “The Riversides” (named after his neighborhood) and was pleased to see that the young neighborhood ladies liked to visit to listen to them practice. In the nineth grade Waldo joined “The Jonathan Sweat Band” (notice the play on words) and remained with them throughout high school. They played local “battle of the bands” gigs and other gigs. After high school Waldo joined a regionally known band called “Rain” and has played with several other regional bands. Influenced by AC/DC, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad and more, Waldo's musical skills extend into alternative, blues, boogie, southern rock and other genres.
David Matherly
Drums and Vocals
David hails from a small town in Southwest Virginia and began singing and playing drums at age 9. From the band and orchestra sections in public school to pit drummer in various musical theater productions and stage shows, he went on to majoring in music his first two years of college. Beginning with jazz and big band, he has played southern rock, 80’s big hair and new wave, beach, new country, and now classic rock for the past forty years! David has lived on both coasts and has played in highly successful bands in Florida (Clockhouse), North Carolina (Trajick), and Virginia (Blitz). Upon moving to the upstate in 2003, he played with Marti B and TDK for three years and 3 Mile Curve for another two. Along with Waldo, David is a founding member of Hands Down. He continues to push both his playing and singing abilities to the limit and gives 110% everytime he gets behind his kit.
Steve "Fingers" Flacy
Bass Guitar
He knew only a few chords on the guitar but at a live performance during a high school assembly, Steve became quite interested in knowing just what instrument was making that “deep, thumpy” sound. It was a Fender bass guitar. A week later he was at his first bass lesson. At the second lesson he was hired to play in his first band. He was later hired to replace the last original member in the Cincinnati band The Nightcrawlers (“Little Black Egg”). In Nashville, he was a founding member of the band called Sweetheart. One of the guitarists for Sweetheart was a gentleman named Adrian Belew. Steve left music performance in the 80's for college and a career in information technology but returned to playing in 2006 with an upstate South Carolina band called Ninety-Nine Cents. Later he played with an alternative band called The Jones Machine, an 80's band called The Doc Brown Band and was most recently a member of the band Fat Cat Daddy.
Rarely do musicians get together just to play music and so quickly fit so well on so many levels ... musical tastes, style, personality, their humor and of course, musical ability. Their musical ability can perhaps be attributed to many years of musical experience, both on stage and in the studio. But the fit on so many other levels is unusual. Perhaps it is due to the easy-going nature of these guys, their inclination to see the lighter side of life and their eagerness to share the fun.
Whatever the reason, it is a refreshing experience, both for the members of Hands Down and the audiences that hear and see them. Hands Down invites you to come be a part of the fun, to join the band, so to speak. You can be the fifth member.
HANDS DOWN - ONE OF THE BEST
Bill Shaw
Lead Guitar and Vocals
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Bill didn't begin playing guitar until he was 19 years old. Fresh out of Parris Island as a US Marine, Bill used his first paycheck to buy an electric guitar and amplifier. Inspired by the wave of guitarists from the British Invasion and various American artists, Bill went on to develop his own playing style, purposely trying to not emulate any single individual or musical genre. As evidenced from his unique style you can hear influences of the old blues players as well as Clapton, Hendrix and Page etc. In the early 1980's Bill devoted hours of practice and began playing in various bands in and around Columbia SC.  Bill has been a staple in the Upstate music scene ever since moving to the Upstate of South Carolina in 2004, playing in area bands such as Brotherhood, Famous Last Words, Roxy Pays the Rent, and Hands Down.
Walter "Waldo" Bagshaw
Lead Vocals and
Electric Acoustic Guitar
Waldo got his first guitar at the age of 10, not that he wanted it. Waldo's father wanted him to learn to play guitar. Begrudgingly, Waldo attended lessons twice a week. His fingers hurt all the time! But by the time he was 13, Waldo was becoming quite accomplished on guitar and in vocalization. He joined a local garage band called “The Riversides” (named after his neighborhood) and was pleased to see that the young neighborhood ladies liked to visit to listen to them practice. In the nineth grade Waldo joined “The Jonathan Sweat Band” (notice the play on words) and remained with them throughout high school. They played local “battle of the bands” gigs and other gigs. After high school Waldo joined a regionally known band called “Rain” and has played with several other regional bands. Influenced by AC/DC, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad and more, Waldo's musical skills extend into alternative, blues, boogie, southern rock and other genres.
David Matherly
Drums and Vocals
David hails from a small town in Southwest Virginia and began singing and playing drums at age 9. From the band and orchestra sections in public school to pit drummer in various musical theater productions and stage shows, he went on to majoring in music his first two years of college. Beginning with jazz and big band, he has played southern rock, 80’s big hair and new wave, beach, new country, and now classic rock for the past forty years! David has lived on both coasts and has played in highly successful bands in Florida (Clockhouse), North Carolina (Trajick), and Virginia (Blitz). Upon moving to the upstate in 2003, he played with Marti B and TDK for three years and 3 Mile Curve for another two. Along with Waldo, David is a founding member of Hands Down. He continues to push both his playing and singing abilities to the limit and gives 110% everytime he gets behind his kit.
Steve "Fingers" Flacy
Bass Guitar
He knew only a few chords on the guitar but at a live performance during a high school assembly, Steve became quite interested in knowing just what instrument was making that “deep, thumpy” sound. It was a Fender bass guitar. A week later he was at his first bass lesson. At the second lesson he was hired to play in his first band. He was later hired to replace the last original member in the Cincinnati band The Nightcrawlers (“Little Black Egg”). In Nashville, he was a founding member of the band called Sweetheart. One of the guitarists for Sweetheart was a gentleman named Adrian Belew. Steve left music performance in the 80's for college and a career in information technology but returned to playing in 2006 with an upstate South Carolina band called Ninety-Nine Cents. Later he played with an alternative band called The Jones Machine, an 80's band called The Doc Brown Band and was most recently a member of the band Fat Cat Daddy.
HANDS DOWN - ONE OF THE BEST
Rarely do musicians get together just to play music and so quickly fit so well on so many levels ... musical tastes, style, personality, their humor and of course, musical ability. Their musical ability can perhaps be attributed to many years of musical experience, both on stage and in the studio. But the fit on so many other levels is unusual. Perhaps it is due to the easy-going nature of these guys, their inclination to see the lighter side of life and their eagerness to share the fun.
Whatever the reason, it is a refreshing experience, both for the members of Hands Down and the audiences that hear and see them. Hands Down invites you to come be a part of the fun, to join the band, so to speak. You can be the fifth member.
Bill Shaw
Lead Guitar and Vocals
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Bill didn't begin playing guitar until he was 19 years old. Fresh out of Parris Island as a US Marine, Bill used his first paycheck to buy an electric guitar and amplifier. Inspired by the wave of guitarists from the British Invasion and various American artists, Bill went on to develop his own playing style, purposely trying to not emulate any single individual or musical genre. As evidenced from his unique style you can hear influences of the old blues players as well as Clapton, Hendrix and Page etc. In the early 1980's Bill devoted hours of practice and began playing in various bands in and around Columbia SC.  Bill has been a staple in the Upstate music scene ever since moving to the Upstate of South Carolina in 2004, playing in area bands such as Brotherhood, Famous Last Words, Roxy Pays the Rent, and Hands Down.
Lead Vocals and
Electric Acoustic Guitar
Walter "Waldo" Bagshaw
Waldo got his first guitar at the age of 10, not that he wanted it. Waldo's father wanted him to learn to play guitar. Begrudgingly, Waldo attended lessons twice a week. His fingers hurt all the time! But by the time he was 13, Waldo was becoming quite accomplished on guitar and in vocalization. He joined a local garage band called “The Riversides” (named after his neighborhood) and was pleased to see that the young neighborhood ladies liked to visit to listen to them practice. In the nineth grade Waldo joined “The Jonathan Sweat Band” (notice the play on words) and remained with them throughout high school. They played local “battle of the bands” gigs and other gigs. After high school Waldo joined a regionally known band called “Rain” and has played with several other regional bands. Influenced by AC/DC, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad and more, Waldo's musical skills extend into alternative, blues, boogie, southern rock and other genres.
David Matherly
Drums and Vocals
David hails from a small town in Southwest Virginia and began singing and playing drums at age 9. From the band and orchestra sections in public school to pit drummer in various musical theater productions and stage shows, he went on to majoring in music his first two years of college. Beginning with jazz and big band, he has played southern rock, 80’s big hair and new wave, beach, new country, and now classic rock for the past forty years! David has lived on both coasts and has played in highly successful bands in Florida (Clockhouse), North Carolina (Trajick), and Virginia (Blitz). Upon moving to the upstate in 2003, he played with Marti B and TDK for three years and 3 Mile Curve for another two. Along with Waldo, David is a founding member of Hands Down. He continues to push both his playing and singing abilities to the limit and gives 110% everytime he gets behind his kit.
Steve "Fingers" Flacy
Bass Guitar
He knew only a few chords on the guitar but at a live performance during a high school assembly, Steve became quite interested in knowing just what instrument was making that “deep, thumpy” sound. It was a Fender bass guitar. A week later he was at his first bass lesson. At the second lesson he was hired to play in his first band. He was later hired to replace the last original member in the Cincinnati band The Nightcrawlers (“Little Black Egg”). In Nashville, he was a founding member of the band called Sweetheart. One of the guitarists for Sweetheart was a gentleman named Adrian Belew. Steve left music performance in the 80's for college and a career in information technology but returned to playing in 2006 with an upstate South Carolina band called Ninety-Nine Cents. Later he played with an alternative band called The Jones Machine, an 80's band called The Doc Brown Band and was most recently a member of the band Fat Cat Daddy.
HANDS DOWN - ONE OF THE BEST
Rarely do musicians get together just to play music and so quickly fit so well on so many levels ... musical tastes, style, personality, their humor and of course, musical ability. Their musical ability can perhaps be attributed to many years of musical experience, both on stage and in the studio. But the fit on so many other levels is unusual. Perhaps it is due to the easy-going nature of these guys, their inclination to see the lighter side of life and their eagerness to share the fun.
Whatever the reason, it is a refreshing experience, both for the members of Hands Down and the audiences that hear and see them. Hands Down invites you to come be a part of the fun, to join the band, so to speak. You can be the fifth member.
Bill Shaw
Lead Guitar and Vocals
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Bill didn't begin playing guitar until he was 19 years old. Fresh out of Parris Island as a US Marine, Bill used his first paycheck to buy an electric guitar and amplifier. Inspired by the wave of guitarists from the British Invasion and various American artists, Bill went on to develop his own playing style, purposely trying to not emulate any single individual or musical genre. As evidenced from his unique style you can hear influences of the old blues players as well as Clapton, Hendrix and Page etc. In the early 1980's Bill devoted hours of practice and began playing in various bands in and around Columbia SC.  Bill has been a staple in the Upstate music scene ever since moving to the Upstate of South Carolina in 2004, playing in area bands such as Brotherhood, Famous Last Words, Roxy Pays the Rent, and Hands Down.
Lead Vocals and
Electric Acoustic Guitar
Walter "Waldo" Bagshaw
Waldo got his first guitar at the age of 10, not that he wanted it. Waldo's father wanted him to learn to play guitar. Begrudgingly, Waldo attended lessons twice a week. His fingers hurt all the time! But by the time he was 13, Waldo was becoming quite accomplished on guitar and in vocalization. He joined a local garage band called “The Riversides” (named after his neighborhood) and was pleased to see that the young neighborhood ladies liked to visit to listen to them practice. In the nineth grade Waldo joined “The Jonathan Sweat Band” (notice the play on words) and remained with them throughout high school. They played local “battle of the bands” gigs and other gigs. After high school Waldo joined a regionally known band called “Rain” and has played with several other regional bands. Influenced by AC/DC, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad and more, Waldo's musical skills extend into alternative, blues, boogie, southern rock and other genres.
Drums and Vocals
David Matherly
David hails from a small town in Southwest Virginia and began singing and playing drums at age 9. From the band and orchestra sections in public school to pit drummer in various musical theater productions and stage shows, he went on to majoring in music his first two years of college. Beginning with jazz and big band, he has played southern rock, 80’s big hair and new wave, beach, new country, and now classic rock for the past forty years! David has lived on both coasts and has played in highly successful bands in Florida (Clockhouse), North Carolina (Trajick), and Virginia (Blitz). Upon moving to the upstate in 2003, he played with Marti B and TDK for three years and 3 Mile Curve for another two. Along with Waldo, David is a founding member of Hands Down. He continues to push both his playing and singing abilities to the limit and gives 110% everytime he gets behind his kit.
Bass Guitar
Steve "Fingers" Flacy
He knew only a few chords on the guitar but at a live performance during a high school assembly, Steve became quite interested in knowing just what instrument was making that “deep, thumpy” sound. It was a Fender bass guitar. A week later he was at his first bass lesson. At the second lesson he was hired to play in his first band. He was later hired to replace the last original member in the Cincinnati band The Nightcrawlers (“Little Black Egg”). In Nashville, he was a founding member of the band called Sweetheart. One of the guitarists for Sweetheart was a gentleman named Adrian Belew. Steve left music performance in the 80's for college and a career in information technology but returned to playing in 2006 with an upstate South Carolina band called Ninety-Nine Cents. Later he played with an alternative band called The Jones Machine, an 80's band called The Doc Brown Band and was most recently a member of the band Fat Cat Daddy.
Rarely do musicians get together just to play music and so quickly fit so well on so many levels ... musical tastes, style, personality, their humor and of course, musical ability. Their musical ability can perhaps be attributed to many years of musical experience, both on stage and in the studio. But the fit on so many other levels is unusual. Perhaps it is due to the easy-going nature of these guys, their inclination to see the lighter side of life and their eagerness to share the fun.
HANDS DOWN,
ONE OF THE BEST
Whatever the reason, it is a refreshing experience, both for the members of Hands Down and the audiences that hear and see them. Hands Down invites you to come be a part of the fun, to join the band, so to speak. You can be the fifth member.
Bill Shaw
Lead Guitar and Vocals
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Bill didn't begin playing guitar until he was 19 years old. Fresh out of Parris Island as a US Marine, Bill used his first paycheck to buy an electric guitar and amplifier. Inspired by the wave of guitarists from the British Invasion and various American artists, Bill went on to develop his own playing style, purposely trying to not emulate any single individual or musical genre. As evidenced from his unique style you can hear influences of the old blues players as well as Clapton, Hendrix and Page etc. In the early 1980's Bill devoted hours of practice and began playing in various bands in and around Columbia SC.  Bill has been a staple in the Upstate music scene ever since moving to the Upstate of South Carolina in 2004, playing in area bands such as Brotherhood, Famous Last Words, Roxy Pays the Rent, and Hands Down.
Lead Vocals and
Electric Acoustic Guitar
Walter "Waldo" Bagshaw
Waldo got his first guitar at the age of 10, not that he wanted it. Waldo's father wanted him to learn to play guitar. Begrudgingly, Waldo attended lessons twice a week. His fingers hurt all the time! But by the time he was 13, Waldo was becoming quite accomplished on guitar and in vocalization. He joined a local garage band called “The Riversides” (named after his neighborhood) and was pleased to see that the young neighborhood ladies liked to visit to listen to them practice. In the nineth grade Waldo joined “The Jonathan Sweat Band” (notice the play on words) and remained with them throughout high school. They played local “battle of the bands” gigs and other gigs. After high school Waldo joined a regionally known band called “Rain” and has played with several other regional bands. Influenced by AC/DC, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad and more, Waldo's musical skills extend into alternative, blues, boogie, southern rock and other genres.
Drums and Vocals
David Matherly
David hails from a small town in Southwest Virginia and began singing and playing drums at age 9. From the band and orchestra sections in public school to pit drummer in various musical theater productions and stage shows, he went on to majoring in music his first two years of college. Beginning with jazz and big band, he has played southern rock, 80’s big hair and new wave, beach, new country, and now classic rock for the past forty years! David has lived on both coasts and has played in highly successful bands in Florida (Clockhouse), North Carolina (Trajick), and Virginia (Blitz). Upon moving to the upstate in 2003, he played with Marti B and TDK for three years and 3 Mile Curve for another two. Along with Waldo, David is a founding member of Hands Down. He continues to push both his playing and singing abilities to the limit and gives 110% everytime he gets behind his kit.
Bass Guitar
Steve "Fingers" Flacy
He knew only a few chords on the guitar but at a live performance during a high school assembly, Steve became quite interested in knowing just what instrument was making that “deep, thumpy” sound. It was a Fender bass guitar. A week later he was at his first bass lesson. At the second lesson he was hired to play in his first band. He was later hired to replace the last original member in the Cincinnati band The Nightcrawlers (“Little Black Egg”). In Nashville, he was a founding member of the band called Sweetheart. One of the guitarists for Sweetheart was a gentleman named Adrian Belew. Steve left music performance in the 80's for college and a career in information technology but returned to playing in 2006 with an upstate South Carolina band called Ninety-Nine Cents. Later he played with an alternative band called The Jones Machine, an 80's band called The Doc Brown Band and was most recently a member of the band Fat Cat Daddy.
HANDS DOWN - ONE OF THE BEST
Rarely do musicians get together just to play music and so quickly fit so well on so many levels ... musical tastes, style, personality, their humor and of course, musical ability. Their musical ability can perhaps be attributed to many years of musical experience, both on stage and in the studio. But the fit on so many other levels is unusual. Perhaps it is due to the easy-going nature of these guys, their inclination to see the lighter side of life and their eagerness to share the fun.
Whatever the reason, it is a refreshing experience, both for the members of Hands Down and the audiences that hear and see them. Hands Down invites you to come be a part of the fun, to join the band, so to speak. You can be the fifth member.
Bill Shaw
Lead Guitar and Vocals
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Bill didn't begin playing guitar until he was 19 years old. Fresh out of Parris Island as a US Marine, Bill used his first paycheck to buy an electric guitar and amplifier. Inspired by the wave of guitarists from the British Invasion and various American artists, Bill went on to develop his own playing style, purposely trying to not emulate any single individual or musical genre. As evidenced from his unique style you can hear influences of the old blues players as well as Clapton, Hendrix and Page etc. In the early 1980's Bill devoted hours of practice and began playing in various bands in and around Columbia SC.  Bill has been a staple in the Upstate music scene ever since moving to the Upstate of South Carolina in 2004, playing in area bands such as Brotherhood, Famous Last Words, Roxy Pays the Rent, and Hands Down.
Walter "Waldo" Bagshaw
Lead Vocals and
Electric Acoustic Guitar
Waldo got his first guitar at the age of 10, not that he wanted it. Waldo's father wanted him to learn to play guitar. Waldo attended lessons twice a week an his fingers hurt all the time! But by the time he was 13, Waldo was becoming quite accomplished on guitar and in vocalization. He joined a local garage band called “The Riversides” (named after his neighborhood) and was pleased to see that the young neighborhood ladies liked to visit to listen to them practice. In the nineth grade Waldo joined “The Jonathan Sweat Band” (notice the play on words) and remained with them throughout high school. They played local “battle of the bands” gigs and other gigs. After high school Waldo joined a regionally known band called “Rain” and has played with several other regional bands. Influenced by AC/DC, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad and more, Waldo's musical skills extend into alternative, blues, boogie, southern rock and other genres.
David Matherly
Drums and Vocals
David hails from a small town in Southwest Virginia and began singing and playing drums at age 9. From the band and orchestra sections in public school to pit drummer in various musical theater productions and stage shows, he went on to majoring in music his first two years of college. Beginning with jazz and big band, he has played southern rock, 80’s big hair and new wave, beach, new country, and now classic rock for the past forty years! David has lived on both coasts and has played in highly successful bands in Florida (Clockhouse), North Carolina (Trajick), and Virginia (Blitz). Upon moving to the upstate in 2003, he played with Marti B and TDK for three years and 3 Mile Curve for another two. Along with Waldo, David is a founding member of Hands Down. He continues to push both his playing and singing abilities to the limit and gives 110% everytime he gets behind his kit.
Bass Guitar
Steve "Fingers" Flacy
He knew only a few chords on the guitar but at a live performance during a high school assembly, Steve became quite interested in knowing just what instrument was making that “deep, thumpy” sound. It was a Fender bass guitar. A week later he was at his first bass lesson. At the second lesson he was hired to play in his first band. He was later hired to replace the last original member in the Cincinnati band The Nightcrawlers (“Little Black Egg”). In Nashville, he was a founding member of the band called Sweetheart. One of the guitarists for Sweetheart was a gentleman named Adrian Belew. Steve left music performance in the 80's for college and a career in information technology but returned to playing in 2006 with an upstate South Carolina band called Ninety-Nine Cents. Later he played with an alternative band called The Jones Machine, an 80's band called The Doc Brown Band and was most recently a member of the band Fat Cat Daddy.
HANDS DOWN,
ONE OF THE BEST
Rarely do musicians get together just to play music and so quickly fit so well on so many levels ... musical tastes, style, personality, their humor and of course, musical ability. Their musical ability can perhaps be attributed to many years of musical experience, both on stage and in the studio. But the fit on so many other levels is unusual. Perhaps it is due to the easy-going nature of these guys, their inclination to see the lighter side of life and their eagerness to share the fun.
Whatever the reason, it is a refreshing experience, both for the members of Hands Down and the audiences that hear and see them. Hands Down invites you to come be a part of the fun, to join the band, so to speak. You can be the fifth member.
Bill Shaw
Lead Guitar
and Vocals
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Bill didn't begin playing guitar until he was 19 years old. Fresh out of Parris Island as a US Marine, Bill used his first paycheck to buy an electric guitar and amplifier. Inspired by the wave of guitarists from the British Invasion and various American artists, Bill went on to develop his own playing style, purposely trying to not emulate any single individual or musical genre. As evidenced from his unique style you can hear influences of the old blues players as well as Clapton, Hendrix and Page etc. In the early 1980's Bill devoted hours of practice and began playing in various bands in and around Columbia SC.  Bill has been a staple in the Upstate music scene ever since moving to the Upstate of South Carolina in 2004, playing in area bands such as Brotherhood, Famous Last Words, Roxy Pays the Rent, and Hands Down.
Walter "Waldo"
Bagshaw

Lead Vocals and
Electric Acoustic
Guitar
Waldo got his first guitar at the age of 10, not that he wanted it. Waldo's father wanted him to learn to play guitar. Waldo attended lessons twice a week an his fingers hurt all the time! But by the time he was 13, Waldo was becoming quite accomplished on guitar and in vocalization. He joined a local garage band called “The Riversides” (named after his neighborhood) and was pleased to see that the young neighborhood ladies liked to visit to listen to them practice. In the nineth grade Waldo joined “The Jonathan Sweat Band” (notice the play on words) and remained with them throughout high school. They played local “battle of the bands” gigs and other gigs. After high school Waldo joined a regionally known band called “Rain” and has played with several other regional bands. Influenced by AC/DC, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad and more, Waldo's musical skills extend into alternative, blues, boogie, southern rock and other genres.
David Matherly
Drums and Vocals
David hails from a small town in Southwest Virginia and began singing and playing drums at age 9. From the band and orchestra sections in public school to pit drummer in various musical theater productions and stage shows, he went on to majoring in music his first two years of college. Beginning with jazz and big band, he has played southern rock, 80’s big hair and new wave, beach, new country, and now classic rock for the past forty years! David has lived on both coasts and has played in highly successful bands in Florida (Clockhouse), North Carolina (Trajick), and Virginia (Blitz). Upon moving to the upstate in 2003, he played with Marti B and TDK for three years and 3 Mile Curve for another two. Along with Waldo, David is a founding member of Hands Down. He continues to push both his playing and singing abilities to the limit and gives 110% everytime he gets behind his kit.
Steve "Fingers"
Flacy
Bass Guitar
He knew only a few chords on the guitar but at a live performance during a high school assembly, Steve became quite interested in knowing just what instrument was making that “deep, thumpy” sound. It was a Fender bass guitar. A week later he was at his first bass lesson. At the second lesson he was hired to play in his first band. He was later hired to replace the last original member in the Cincinnati band The Nightcrawlers (“Little Black Egg”). In Nashville, he was a founding member of the band called Sweetheart. One of the guitarists for Sweetheart was a gentleman named Adrian Belew. Steve left music performance in the 80's for college and a career in information technology but returned to playing in 2006 with an upstate South Carolina band called Ninety-Nine Cents. Later he played with an alternative band called The Jones Machine, an 80's band called The Doc Brown Band and was most recently a member of the band Fat Cat Daddy.
HANDS DOWN,
ONE OF THE BEST
Rarely do musicians get together just to play music and so quickly fit so well on so many levels ... musical tastes, style, personality, their humor and of course, musical ability. Their musical ability can perhaps be attributed to many years of musical experience, both on stage and in the studio. But the fit on so many other levels is unusual. Perhaps it is due to the easy-going nature of these guys, their inclination to see the lighter side of life and their eagerness to share the fun.
Whatever the reason, it is a refreshing experience, both for the members of Hands Down and the audiences that hear and see them. Hands Down invites you to come be a part of the fun, to join the band, so to speak. You can be the fifth member.
Bill Shaw
Lead Guitar
and Vocals
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Bill didn't begin playing guitar until he was 19 years old. Fresh out of Parris Island as a US Marine, Bill used his first paycheck to buy an electric guitar and amplifier. Inspired by the wave of guitarists from the British Invasion and various American artists, Bill went on to develop his own playing style, purposely trying to not emulate any single individual or musical genre. As evidenced from his unique style you can hear influences of the old blues players as well as Clapton, Hendrix and Page etc. In the early 1980's Bill devoted hours of practice and began playing in various bands in and around Columbia SC.  Bill has been a staple in the Upstate music scene ever since moving to the Upstate of South Carolina in 2004, playing in area bands such as Brotherhood, Famous Last Words, Roxy Pays the Rent, and Hands Down.
Walter "Waldo"
Bagshaw

Lead Vocals and
Electric Acoustic
Guitar
Waldo got his first guitar at the age of 10, not that he wanted it. Waldo's father wanted him to learn to play guitar. Waldo attended lessons twice a week an his fingers hurt all the time! But by the time he was 13, Waldo was becoming quite accomplished on guitar and in vocalization. He joined a local garage band called “The Riversides” (named after his neighborhood) and was pleased to see that the young neighborhood ladies liked to visit to listen to them practice. In the nineth grade Waldo joined “The Jonathan Sweat Band” (notice the play on words) and remained with them throughout high school. They played local “battle of the bands” gigs and other gigs. After high school Waldo joined a regionally known band called “Rain” and has played with several other regional bands. Influenced by AC/DC, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad and more, Waldo's musical skills extend into alternative, blues, boogie, southern rock and other genres.
David Matherly
Drums and Vocals
David hails from a small town in Southwest Virginia and began singing and playing drums at age 9. From the band and orchestra sections in public school to pit drummer in various musical theater productions and stage shows, he went on to majoring in music his first two years of college. Beginning with jazz and big band, he has played southern rock, 80’s big hair and new wave, beach, new country, and now classic rock for the past forty years! David has lived on both coasts and has played in highly successful bands in Florida (Clockhouse), North Carolina (Trajick), and Virginia (Blitz). Upon moving to the upstate in 2003, he played with Marti B and TDK for three years and 3 Mile Curve for another two. Along with Waldo, David is a founding member of Hands Down. He continues to push both his playing and singing abilities to the limit and gives 110% everytime he gets behind his kit.
Steve "Fingers"
Flacy
Bass Guitar
He knew only a few chords on the guitar but at a live performance during a high school assembly, Steve became quite interested in knowing just what instrument was making that “deep, thumpy” sound. It was a Fender bass guitar. A week later he was at his first bass lesson. At the second lesson he was hired to play in his first band. He was later hired to replace the last original member in the Cincinnati band The Nightcrawlers (“Little Black Egg”). In Nashville, he was a founding member of the band called Sweetheart. One of the guitarists for Sweetheart was a gentleman named Adrian Belew. Steve left music performance in the 80's for college and a career in information technology but returned to playing in 2006 with an upstate South Carolina band called Ninety-Nine Cents. Later he played with an alternative band called The Jones Machine, an 80's band called The Doc Brown Band and was most recently a member of the band Fat Cat Daddy.
Rarely do musicians get together just to play music and so quickly fit so well on so many levels ... musical tastes, style, personality, their humor and of course, musical ability. Their musical ability can perhaps be attributed to many years of musical experience, both on stage and in the studio. But the fit on so many other levels is unusual. Perhaps it is due to the easy-going nature of these guys, their inclination to see the lighter side of life and their eagerness to share the fun. Whatever the reason, it is a refreshing experience, both for the members of Hands Down and the audiences that hear and see them. Hands Down invites you to come be a part of the fun, to join the band, so to speak. You can be the fifth member.
Hands Down presents music with an enjoyable blend of classic rock, ‘90s rock, and new rock. Waldo's strong lead voice and electric acoustic guitar, along with David's harmonies and drums, give Hands Down an earthy blend of tones unlike other area bands. Steve's solid and creative bass playing, which locks tightly with the drums, make this one of the best rhythm sections in the upstate. Throw in the exciting and technically advanced lead guitar that Bill brings to the mix, and you have Hands Down, one of the best rock bands in upstate SC!
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Bill didn't begin playing guitar until he was 19 years old. Fresh out of Parris Island as a US Marine, Bill used his first paycheck to buy an electric guitar and amplifier. Inspired by the wave of guitarists from the British Invasion and various American artists, Bill went on to develop his own playing style, purposely trying to not emulate any single individual or musical genre. As evidenced from his unique style you can hear influences of the old blues players as well as Clapton, Hendrix and Page etc. In the early 1980's Bill devoted hours of practice and began playing in various bands in and around Columbia SC.  Bill has been a staple in the Upstate music scene ever since moving to the Upstate of South Carolina in 2004, playing in area bands such as Brotherhood, Famous Last Words, Roxy Pays the Rent, and Hands Down.
Waldo got his first guitar at the age of 10, not that he wanted it. Waldo's father wanted him to learn to play guitar. Begrudgingly, Waldo attended lessons twice a week. His fingers hurt all the time! But by the time he was 13, Waldo was becoming quite accomplished on guitar and in vocalization. He joined a local garage band called “The Riversides” (named after his neighborhood) and was pleased to see that the young neighborhood ladies liked to visit to listen to them practice. In the nineth grade Waldo joined “The Jonathan Sweat Band” (notice the play on words) and remained with them throughout high school. They played local “battle of the bands” gigs and other gigs. After high school Waldo joined a regionally known band called “Rain” and has played with several other regional bands. Influenced by AC/DC, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad and more, Waldo's musical skills extend into alternative, blues, boogie, southern rock and other genres.
Bill Shaw
Walter "Waldo" Bagshaw
David hails from a small town in Southwest Virginia and began singing and playing drums at age 9. From the band and orchestra sections in public school to pit drummer in various musical theater productions and stage shows, he went on to majoring in music his first two years of college. Beginning with jazz and big band, he has played southern rock, 80’s big hair and new wave, beach, new country, and now classic rock for the past forty years! David has lived on both coasts and has played in highly successful bands in Florida (Clockhouse), North Carolina (Trajick), and Virginia (Blitz). Upon moving to the upstate in 2003, he played with Marti B and TDK for three years and 3 Mile Curve for another two. Along with Waldo, David is a founding member of Hands Down. He continues to push both his playing and singing abilities to the limit and gives 110% everytime he gets behind his kit.
David Matherly
Steve "Fingers" Flacy
He knew only a few chords on the guitar but at a live performance during a high school assembly, Steve became quite interested in knowing just what instrument was making that “deep, thumpy” sound. It was a Fender bass guitar. A week later he was at his first bass lesson. At the second lesson he was hired to play in his first band. He was later hired to replace the last original member in the Cincinnati band The Nightcrawlers (“Little Black Egg”). In Nashville, he was a founding member of the band called Sweetheart. One of the guitarists for Sweetheart was a gentleman named Adrian Belew. Steve left music performance in the 80's for college and a career in information technology but returned to playing in 2006 with an upstate South Carolina band called Ninety-Nine Cents. Later he played with an alternative band called The Jones Machine, an 80's band called The Doc Brown Band and was most recently a member of the band Fat Cat Daddy.
HANDS DOWN - ONE OF THE BEST
Lead Guitar and Vocals
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