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.”
Anna has been singing since she was a young girl growing up in the small town of Granville, Ohio. One of her earliest memories is of her mom teaching her how to harmonize to “Jesus Loves You.” Anna discovered and fell in love with bluegrass when she came to West Virginia University. She has been in the WVU Bluegrass Band and the folk band Honeysuckle Vines. Anna also released her own original music with the Mon Hills Music Group. She is majoring in Spanish at WVU, with a minor in Arabic. Anna not only can speak Spanish, she can sing in it, too!
Mason hails from Jane Lew, West Virginia. He comfortable with a variety of genres, including bluegrass, old-time, jazz and rock. And he has a variety of musical inspirations, including Edgar Meyer, Paul Chambers and Ron Carter. Mason has played at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival and the Pickin' in Parsons Festival. He is studying music education at West Virginia University, where he is part of the bluegrass band, jazz ensembles, and orchestra. Once you hear Mason play the big fiddle, you’ll know why they call him “Mad Dog.”
Hanna started piano lessons at age six and hasn't stopped playing music since. When she was old enough for her school's music program, she picked up the violin. After attending DelFest Academy and learning from world-class fiddler Jason Carter, 12-year-old Hanna was given the opportunity to play a song on stage with the Del McCoury Band. She plays a five-string fiddle and helps the band with songwriting. Hanna is from Frostburg, Maryland, where she is majoring in music at Frostburg State University. The things you can find stuck in Hanna’s hatband tell stories of their own.