BAND & INDIVIDUAL BIOS
Crandall Creek is a high-energy bluegrass group comprised of members with impressive lead and harmony vocalists, award-winning instrumentalists, and acclaimed songwriters. Founding member, guitarist and songwriter, Jerry Andrews brought together a wealth of talent, including the stellar vocal talents of Carly Greer, who has brought a new life and energy into the band. When Andrews created the band in 2015, he envisioned a group that created its own music with an ear toward the mountain harmonies he heard as a child. He succeeded in that effort when he linked up with Kathy Wigman Lesnock, a West Finley, Pennsylvania songwriter. They met through a mutual friend – Jamie Peck, who owns a recording studio in Wheeling, West Virginia, where the band still records their albums. Crandall Creek also includes multi-instrumentalist Dustin Terpenning on banjo and mandolin, Sav Nelson on bass, and Steve Acord (Patty Loveless, Sam Bush, Jeanette Williams Band) on fiddle and mandolin.
Since forming, Crandall Creek has received significant chart success and reached many career milestones. In 2019, the band released their debut album, Goin' Down Home, followed by their successful album, Headed South, on Bell Buckle Records in 2020. Headed South includes three Bluegrass Today Grassicana chart singles. "Drivin Me Insane" debuted in March 2020 and spent an incredible 68 weeks on the chart. "This Heart of Mine" debuted at #1 in May 2020, followed by the October 2020 release of "The Bean Song," which spent an impressive 65 weeks on the chart.
In 2021, Crandall Creek was chosen by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as a Bluegrass Ramble Official Showcase Artist. The same year, former band member Abby Lathoca was nominated for the IBMA Momentum Vocalist of the Year Award.
In 2022, Crandall Creek's single, "Molly Burns," debuted at No. 7 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Chart. In addition, the accompanying video featuring Jerry, Dustin, and former lead singer Anna Dunham debuted at No. 1 on The Bluegrass Standard Video Chart in September 2022 and, to date, has over half a million views. In March and April 2023, the single continued to chart, reaching as high as #4 on Cashbox Magazine's Top Bluegrass Song chart.
The band continued to tour the same year, including performances at the world-famous Station Inn in Nashville and many other venues and festivals. In addition, Crandall Creek continues to be the house band for Mountain Rail Adventures in Elkins, West Virginia. People come from all over the United States for a train ride, dinner, and a Crandall Creek bluegrass show.
Also, in 2022, Crandall Creek was inducted as a Charter Member of the Jamboree at the historic Monroe Theatre in Woodsfield, Ohio. The band released their third album, Handprints on the Glass, on their Copper Mountain Records label—the title song – was co-written by Jerry and Mark "Brink" Brinkman.
In 2023, Crandall Creek released the single "Refrigerator Homemade Picture Show," which Tim Raybon calls "a fantastic song." The single, released on Copper Mountain Records, debuted at #11 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 weekly song chart in March 2023. Guest Shannon Slaughter is featured on lead vocals with Kathy Wigman Lesnock and Carly Greer on harmony vocals; Darrin Vincent on bass; Andy Leftwich on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle; Jessie Baker on banjo; and Josh Swift on Dobro. The timely song was written by Crandall Creek members Jerry Andrews and Kathy Wigman Lesnock,
While Jerry and Kathy are principal songwriters, other band members and family collaborate on songs, like "Love the Thrill," a single they released in August 2023. "We've worked really hard, stayed the course, and we've overcome some pretty major obstacles to get here," Jerry says. "We are so blessed, and I'm so thankful to be with this band doing what we are doing. "Love the Thrill" appeared numerous weeks on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 weekly songs chart in September and October 2023 and debuted on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Top 20 chart in September 2023. The band's success continued when they were enthusiastically received by the audience when they opened for Rhonda Vincent & The Rage at a sold-out performance at the Song of the Mountains television show filmed in Marion, Virginia, scheduled to air in 2024.
Following the success of their singles, Crandall Creek released the beautiful and touching tune "Just 18," and an accompanying music video in October 2023. The song, written by Jerry Andrews, includes a music video featuring Carly Greer, Kathy Wigman Lesnock, her husband, Doug, and band member Dustin Terpenning.
Just in time for the holiday season, Jerry quickly wrote a fun song, "Christmastime," in a matter of minutes, and it was released in November 2023. "Refrigerator Homemade Picture Show," "Love the Thrill," and "Just 18" will all appear on Crandall Creek's highly anticipated new album set for release in early 2024.
Along with their busy tour, the West Virginia-based band is known for its many charitable endeavors, believing the community that supports them deserves support in return. As a result, band members give part of what they earn to the Bluegrass Music Endeavors Foundation. In 2021 and 2022, the foundation partnered with the International Bluegrass Music Association to create the Crandall Creek Scholarship. The $1,000 awards each year were given to college students who demonstrated an interest and involvement in any aspect of bluegrass music, including but not limited to performance.
Crandall Creek also founded the Steve Gulley Memorial Scholarship, which honors the late singer-songwriter who died from cancer in 2020. The $5,000 scholarship, administered through Crandall Creek's non-profit foundation, is awarded to a college student who best represents the future of bluegrass music.
For more information on Crandall Creek or to make donations to the foundation or scholarship, please visit crandallcreek.com. In addition, you can join the band on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram @crandallcreekband.
Crandall Creek came into being in 2015 when Jerry decided he wanted to start a bluegrass band. Jerry also had an interest in songwriting and some stories to tell. He brought together a bluegrass band that created its own music with an ear toward the mountain harmonies he heard as a child. Jerry is a native of Moundsville, West Virginia. He is an avid fly fisherman who has devoted a good part of his life to trying to catch every trout in every river and stream in the Mountain State.
Kathy Wigman Lesnock
Kathy was born and reared in a home where country music and singing were as natural as breathing. From those childhood days in rural Pennsylvania, Kathy became a songwriter and vocalist. She has performed at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. She met Jerry through a mutual friend – Jamie Peck, an award-winning producer who owns a recording studio (that Crandall Creek uses) in Wheeling. Kathy is the band “mom,” making sure there is food for practices and shows. And she makes great pies.
Carly Greer was born and raised on country music in Wheeling, West Virginia, home of the Capital Music Hall and Jamboree In The USA. She learned how to sing before she knew how to walk. Carly recorded an album in Nashville when she was 14 and has been chasing her dreams ever since. In 2022, she joined forces with Jamie Peck, an industry stand-out music producer who introduced her to a love and appreciation of bluegrass, leading her on a brand new journey with Crandall Creek! Carly brings a new energy, spunk, and sound to the bluegrass genre and to the band that has yet to be heard.
Dustin is a talented multi-instrumentalist who brings his own style of bluegrass to Crandall Creek. He helps with songwriting, often adding his unique licks to the original material. Dustin has traveled with Melvin Goins, one of the pioneers of traditional bluegrass. Dustin also teaches history and can tell you just about anything you want to know about the Civil War. He comes from Wintersville, Ohio. Take a look at Dustin and you will know why they call him “Slim.”
Sav came to bluegrass via electric bass and alt-rock. He is from McMechen, West Virginia, and has been playing double bass since 2017. Sav currently is studying music technology and performance at West Liberty University. As well as Crandall Creek, Sav also plays electric bass with the Pittsburgh hardcore bands D.O.A. and Chump, along with the Wheeling alt-rock band Lunary.
Fiddle and mandolin
Steve hails from Fairdale in West Virginia’s Raleigh County. He’s played music all his life, starting with banjo when he was 7. At 13, Steve became the West Virginia banjo champion for the teenage group.
He was surrounded by music at home growing up. Steve appeared on The Acord Family Band’s 1978 album, Gospel & Grass. Steve played mandolin and added his baritone voice to the album. Steve has played on stage with Patty Loveless, Sam Bush, and the Jeanette Williams Band.
Steve loves Crandall Creek’s original material. “I can’t believe what I hear on the songs Jerry writes,” he says.
In addition to his musical talents, Steve is a welder (first class) and fabricator. Steve will tell you that the difference between a violin and a fiddle is all in the “attitude.”