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Libby Files  |  Email:  |  Phone: 304-268-1785


With its roots planted firmly in the rich soil of classic bluegrass, Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band has blossomed into one of the genre's most acclaimed acts over its 20-year journey. Led by vocalist and bassist Libby Files, whose "down-home" style conjures memories of front porches and Appalachian farmland, the band blends high-energy instrumentals with gospel-tinged harmonies.

After breaking through in 2020 with "A Miner's Life," the band scored hit after hit on roots music and bluegrass charts. Their latest single, a cover of the Dillards’ "There is a Time," spent over a year at No. 1 and was the top RMR bluegrass song of 2023. The song also spent several weeks in Cashbox Magazine’s top ten. Propelled by the success of their singles, Stoney Creek’s album A Miner’s Life spent a remarkable four weeks at No. 1 on RMR’s album charts. Several of Stoney Creek’s prior releases, penned by guitarist Kenton "Red" Catlett, reached No. 1 on RMR charts thanks to a resurgence in radio airplay.

With their relatable lyrics and blue-collar appeal, Stoney Creek's star continues to rise. This chart-topping band is clearly mining success with their authentic mountain sound. Known for tight musicianship and chemistry honed through two decades of entertaining audiences, Stoney Creek brings an authenticity and vitality that has earned them a reputation as "mainstream bluegrass at its best" (Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine).


Libby Files (bass and vocals) - Libby is the founder of Stoney Creek. "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. Libby is based in West Virginia.

Brett Smeltzer (mandolin and vocals) - Brett's mandolin and vocal skills have been a major part of Stoney Creek's neotraditional sound. Brett previously played with "Maryland's Five String King" Jack Sanbower and the No Leeway Band. Brett is also a broadcaster on award-winning radio station The Bluegrass Jamboree. Brett is based in West Virginia.

Kenton "Red" Catlett (guitar and vocals) - Kenton's songwriting, vocal and guitar skills have propelled his original songs, including "Fast Train," "Thirty Years" and "The Traveling Song," 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 on Stoney Creek's Memories & Tears album. Kenton is based in West Virginia.

Troy Stangle (resonator guitar) - Troy 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. Troy is based in Maryland.

Rylan Rissler (banjo and vocals) - Rylan joined Stoney Creek in 2024, at the age of 17. Rylan has been playing the banjo since 2020. Bluegrass Today wrote that Stoney Creek is Rylan's "first professional engagement with a band." Rylan is based in Pennsylvania.


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


DJs and Broadcasters
• AirPlay Direct: A Miner's Life and Memories & Tears
• 320kbps downloads: Soundcloud
• To request a physical CD, or zip files by Dropbox, email:


Ed McBee

Band Contact
Libby Files



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