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.”
Abby comes from the small town of Mannington, West Virginia. She began singing early on and started performing at age nine at churches, with bands and at fairs or festivals. Abby has performed at the State Capitol for the West Virginia legislature. Her style is strongly influenced by country and bluegrass music. Abby helps with the songwriting, adding her voice to Crandall Creek’s original material. She is studying secondary art education at Fairmont State University. Abby has been known to kick up her heels and dance on the stage when the music moves her.
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.