The McGowan Band, comprised of members and associates of the Brigadier General Samuel McGowan, Camp # 40, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Laurens, South Carolina, has been performing since 2001, presenting both historical and contemporary music based upon Southern American history and the Southern Culture. The Band performs at various Balls, reenactments and Banquets throughout the year, providing a contemporary rendition of historical and new original Southern music.
The Primary Purpose behind the Band is to educate the listener about Southern History, particularly the period of 1861 - 1865 using the venue of music. The band members, mostly in their 40's and 50's, bring together many years of musical experience from many diverse backgrounds; however all share a common thread in their Southern roots.
The band has released their 2nd CD project entitled, “The Battle Flag of Dixie” in January, 2006. Recorded at Windshear Productions in Greer, SC, the title song exemplifies the main idea behind the album