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Ed McBee  |  Email:  |  Phone: 540-270-2139 |

Band Contact
Libby Files  | 
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DJs and Broadcasters
• AirPlay Direct: A Miner's Life and Memories & Tears
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During its two decades of entertaining bluegrass audiences in the Mid-Atlantic region, Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band has been praised as "mainstream bluegrass at its best" by Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, and named "West Virginia's classic bluegrass band" by Around the Panhandle magazine.

"We try to put on a show that will entertain any music fan, even if they don’t consider themselves a bluegrass fan," says vocalist Libby Files. "Our music ranges from hard driving traditional bluegrass to bluegrass gospel and some slower dance numbers." Files also describes the music as "down-home." "It reminds you of the kind of atmosphere you were around as a kid. It's farmland stuff people can relate to. Just good, old down-to-earth music."

The title track to the band's latest album, "A Miner's Life," was released as a single in 2020 and spent five weeks at No. 1 nationally on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart. "A Miner's Life" spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Bluegrass Jamboree's Top 15 Chart, and was featured on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Inside Appalachia program. Originally recorded by Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen, Stoney Creek's recording of "A Miner's Life" was among the top played songs for 2020 on numerous bluegrass radio stations. "This song, the composition, the recording is pure genius," according to bluegrass enthusiast Ed Henry. In 2021, the band released the album A Miner's Life. The album's second single, "I Wish I Had a Lifeline," spent five weeks No. 1 on the Roots Music Report.

Stoney Creek's recording of "There is a Time" reached No. 1 in June 2022, shortly before the band's debut at Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana. "There is a Time" has been No. 1 for 55 weeks. The success of the single and music video received praise from the Dillards (who wrote the song and performed it as the Darlings on "The Andy Griffith Show"). In April 2023, the success of "There is a Time" pushed A Miner's Life to No. 1 on the Roots Music Report's Top 50 Bluegrass Album chart for four weeks. "There is a Time" reached No. 8 on Cashbox Magazine's Bluegrass Top 100 in June 2023.

posted by the Dillards (Oct. 10, 2022)

In Sept. 2018, Stoney Creek partnered with the Boot for an exclusive premiere of the "Fast Train" music video. The Boot, one of the top country music sites, praised the video's "stunning sights" and said the band is "known for fusing bluegrass traditionalism with gospel sensibilities." The band has seen radio airplay with original songs including "Come Stay Awhile," "Never Tell Me," "The Traveling Song," "Thirty Years" and "Fast Train." The band's music videos have gained a following on social media, due in part to their reflection of the traditional bluegrass sound and rural lifestyle. "Fast Train" spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report. "Thirty Years" spent five weeks at No. 1 on the same chart.

Al Shusterman, host of Bluegrass Backroads on KUBU FM, noted the band's "great traditional songs, fine vocals and superb musicianship."

Katy Orr-Dove, general manager of Orr's Farm Market and Live Bluegrass Weekends, said Stoney Creek "brings a signature sound to bluegrass favorites."

Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band features Libby Files on vocals and bass, Kenton "Red" Catlett on guitar and vocals, Troy Stangle on banjo, resonator guitar and vocals, and Bob Simmers on mandolin and vocals.

Stoney Creek was founded by bassist and vocalist Libby Files. "Libby is among the rising number of female vocalists who are making a big impact on bluegrass music," said Frank Jurney, founder of Virginia's Berryville Bluegrass Series.

Kenton "Red" Catlett's songwriting, vocal and guitar skills have propelled his original songs, including "Fast Train" and "Thirty Years," to the top spots on bluegrass radio charts. Catlett performed and recorded with Libby's sister, the late Deanna Stottlemyer, arranging many of the songs that would later appear Stoney Creek's Memories & Tears (a tribute to Deanna released in 2016).

Troy Stangle has played banjo and resonator guitar with All4Hym, a bluegrass gospel act on the Rural Rhythm Christian label. Troy also played and recorded in Nickel Misery, with "A Miner's Life" songwriter Bill Dailey.

Bob Simmers has been playing mandolin for over 30 years. He has played with bands throughout Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania, including Clear Spring Bluegrass Band, the Gospel Grass Band and Canaan's Land. Bob also played with Deanna Stottlemyer and Kenton "Red" Catlett. Libby noted that Bob is "very accomplished in his mandolin picking, and his vocals will add a new twist to balance out what Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band has been known for throughout the years."


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PDF | JPG | PNG | Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band typically provides sound system and sound engineer. Stage plot is for events where venue is providing sound system.



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