From the mountains of West Virginia comes a band that reflects the best of their Appalachian heritage while creating songs that move bluegrass forward.
Crandall Creek's single Molly Burns debuted at No. 7 on the Bluegrass Today Airplay Chart. The accompanying video featuring band members debuted at No. 1 on The Bluegrass Standard Video Chart and has more than 550,000 views.
The band has released its third album, Handprints on the Glass. The title song – co-written by Jerry and Mark “Brink” Brinkman – gets an emotional response from folks in the audience every time.
Crandall Creek has appeared at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville, the Milan Music Fest in Michigan, Lucketts Bluegrass in Virginia and the 7 Mile Bluegrass Fest in Ohio. Members of the band were inducted as Charter Members of the Jamboree at the historic Monroe Theatre in Woodsfield, Ohio.
Crandall Creek came into being in 2015 when Jerry Andrews of Moundsville, West Virginia, decided he wanted to start a bluegrass band. Jerry also had an interest in songwriting and some stories to tell. He envisioned a bluegrass band that created its own music with an ear toward the mountain harmonies he heard as a child.
Songwriting alone is daunting. Collaborating in songwriting is rewarding. Jerry soon linked up with Kathy Wigman Lesnock, a songwriter from West Finley, Pennsylvania. They met through a mutual friend – Jamie Peck, an award-winning producer who owns a recording studio in Wheeling. When talented multi-instrumentalist Dustin Terpenning of Wintersville, Ohio, joined the band, the core of Crandall Creek was set.
While Jerry and Kathy are principal songwriters, other band members and even family collaborate on the songs. “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.”