During its 20+ years of entertaining
bluegrass audiences in the Mid-Atlantic region, Stoney Creek
Bluegrass Band has been named "West Virginia's classic bluegrass
band" by Around the Panhandle magazine, and praised as
bluegrass at its best" by Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.
"We try to put on a show that will entertain any music fan, even if
they donít 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."
"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.
In 2020, Stoney Creek released the single "A Miner's Life."
Originally recorded by Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen,
Stoney Creek's recording has spent six weeks at No. 1 on the
Bluegrass Jamboree's Top 15 Chart and reached No. 1 on the Roots
Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart. The band also released a music
video for "A Miner's Life," distributed by Bluegrass Music TV and
reaching No. 1 on the Bluegrass Music TV Top Ten Music Video Chart.
"This song, the composition, the recording is pure genius,"
according to bluegrass enthusiast Ed Henry.
Stoney Creek has been joined on stage by special guest Rhonda
Vincent during a performance at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island
Festival. Country music icon Loretta Lynn described the group as
"wonderful" when Stoney Creek opened for her early in its career.
Stoney Creek's albums Live On Location and Memories & Tears both
reached #1 on AirPlay Direct. The band has seen radio play in over
400 markets 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
Katy Orr-Dove, general manager of Orr's Farm Market and Live
Bluegrass Weekends, said Stoney Creek "brings a signature sound to
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." In 2019, the band performed at West Virginia's
Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival and headlined the Williamson Ruritan Bluegrass & BBQ Festival in St. Thomas, Pa. Stoney Creek
Bluegrass Band has partnered with Southern States Cooperative to
promote stores located near the band's concert appearances.
Al Shusterman, host of Bluegrass Backroads on KUBU FU, noted the
band's "great traditional songs, fine vocals and superb
Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band features Libby Files on vocals and bass,
Brett Smeltzer on mandolin and vocals, Kenton "Red" Catlett on
guitar and vocals, and Troy Stangle on banjo, dobro and vocals.
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