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.
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.”
Carly learned how to sing before she knew how to walk. She was born and reared on country music in Wheeling, West Virginia, home of the Capitol Music Hall and Jamboree In The USA. She 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, a Wheeling music producer who introduced her to a love and appreciation of bluegrass. That led Carly on a brand-new journey with Crandall Creek! Carly puts her energy, spunk and distinctive voice sound to Crandall Creek and bluegrass.
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.
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 West Virginia banjo champion for the teen-age group. He was surrounded by music at home growing up. Steve appeared on The Acord Family Band’s 1978 album, Gospel & Grass. He has toured professionally with the Jeanette Williams Band, Patty Loveless and Sam Bush.
Steve will tell you that the difference between a violin and fiddle is all in the “attitude.”