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Stoney Creek has No. 1 Album on AirPlay Direct for September

Martinsburg, W.Va. (Oct. 2, 2017) - Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band is honored to announce that its new double album Live On Location was No. 1 on AirPlay Direct's Top 50 Albums chart for September.

The album's chart position was partly driven by its lead single, "The Traveling Song," which debuted at No. 1 on the Top 50 Singles chart on Sept. 18.

"I heard the song on Annette Grady's show ... I really wanted to play it on my show too," said Jeff Lipchick, host of Bluegrass From the Smokies on the Bluegrass Jamboree.

"This project had me mesmerized the entire time," said Al Shusterman of KUBU's Bluegrass Backroads. Shusterman noted that the album "featured great traditional songs, fine vocals and superb musicianship."

"The Traveling Song" is one of four original songs from Live On Location written by guitarist Kenton Catlett. The album also features an original instrumental titled "Antietam Turnaround" composed by banjo player Troy Stangle. The rest of the album includes traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel material that has increasingly drawn fans to the band's live concerts. Highlights include bassist Libby Files' take on "Those Memories of You" and mandolin player Brett Smeltzer's performance of "I'm Working on a Building."

The band cites bluegrass media outlets such as Cybergrass, as well as the social media popularity of "The Traveling Song" music video, for generating interest among broadcasters. Stoney Creek is hoping to schedule performances in areas where Live On Location is receiving radio airplay, as well as places where the band has developed a strong social media following.

AirPlay Direct is a leading platform for delivering broadcast music to radio stations worldwide. According to the company's website, "the Top 50 Albums chart displays releases/albums with the most song downloads by radio within a set period of time."

Fans and broadcasters can find Live On Location though Stoney Creek's website, www.stoneycreekbluegrass.net.


Live On Location was released on AirPlay Direct on Sept. 17.  On Sept. 18, "The Traveling Song" reached No. 1 on the Top 50 Singles chart and the album reached No. 1 on the Top 50 Albums chart.


Stoney Creek Releases Single and Music Video from Double Live Album

Martinsburg, W.Va. (Sept. 18, 2017) - Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band has released a new single and music video for "The Traveling Song." The track is the first single from the band's new double live album, Live On Location. "The Traveling Song" is available to radio broadcasters through AirPlay Direct. The music video, featuring West Virginia's mountain scenery and a touch of vaudeville humor, can be viewed on Stoney Creek's Facebook and YouTube pages.

Live On Location will be available from Calv'ry Music on Sept. 29. Stoney Creek will be premiering a live stream of the album as a Facebook Live Event on Sept. 24 at 4:00 p.m. (ET). The stream will be replayed on Oct. 1.

The album contains five original compositions, including the instrumental "Antietam Turnaround" by banjo player Troy Stangle. Guitarist Kenton Catlett contributes four original songs. In addition to "The Traveling Song," Catlett also wrote "Thirty Years," "When the Sun Goes Down," and "Fast Train"(co-written with late country artist Gib Sage). The rest of the album is rounded out by traditional and gospel bluegrass staples from the band's live shows, such as mandolin player Brett Smeltzer's take on "I'm Working on a Building," "Are You Washed in the Blood?" and many more.

"These CDs really turned out great," said Smeltzer. "I think this project will go over great with anyone who purchases or hears it on the air."

Stoney Creek will be celebrating the release of Live On Location with performances at Orr's Farm Market's Fall Festival in Martinsburg, W.Va. on Sept. 23 and 24, and at the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival in Manteo, N.C. on Oct. 4.

Stoney Creek's live show and sound system have been entertaining audiences for years, prompting Around the Panhandle magazine to name the band "West Virginia's classic bluegrass band." Stoney Creek features an updated and high energy approach to traditional bluegrass, which Bluegrass Unlimited praised as "mainstream bluegrass at its best."

The Live On Location concept developed in 2016. Stoney Creek had been recording two-track stereo mixes from the band's soundboard for several years, and band members expressed interest in making some of these available to fans. In late 2016 and early 2017, the band brought out a studio multi-track console to record a series of public and private shows, adding extra microphones to capture the audience as well. The double album features two complete sets from Stoney Creek's live performances. The project was recorded and mastered without compression, to preserve the full dynamic range of the performances. As a result, the album is a few decibels quieter than most recordings from the past few years (including Stoney Creek's previous albums), but the improved sound quality should be noticeable to careful listeners. Live On Location captures the band's long-standing commitment to bringing near-studio quality sound to live concert audiences.

"It almost sounds like a studio album," said bassist and founder Libby Files upon hearing the playback.

"It sounds live," said Catlett. "It is a live recording and I think it is just fine."

Live On Location also captures a recent phenomenon at Stoney Creek shows - the dancers. This trend began occurring on a regular basis in 2017 and has been encouraged by the band. One goal for this album was to include the audience, and the double album is ultimately a tribute to the fans.

"This might be the best Stoney Creek project yet," according to Stangle.

Live On Location will be available through most online digital music services, and as a two CD set from retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, Target and CD Baby. The project will be available to retailers through Alliance Entertainment. The album can be purchased directly from the band's website, www.stoneycreekbluegrass.net, which also features links to retailers and digital services.

1. Ladies and Gentlemen (Introduction)
2. Those Memories of You
3. The Traveling Song
4. Cold Sheets of Rain
5. Thirty Years
6. Beyond Those Gates
7. Why Don't You Tell Me So?
8. Just Like You
9. Are You Washed in the Blood?
10. Little Cabin Home on the Hill
11. Antietam Turnaround
12. I'm Working on a Building

1. I'm Lost and I'll Never Find the Way
2. Kentucky Borderline
3. Fast Train
4. When the Sun Goes Down
5. Shadows in My Room
6. Crying Holy
7. Just Someone I Used to Know
8. Blue Ridge Cabin Home
9. High Lonesome Sound
10. Nashville Skyline Rag
11. Freeborn Man


Sept. 15, 2017 - Brett Smeltzer will be premiering "The Traveling Song" on Bluegrass Retrospect (7-10 p.m. ET). "The Traveling Song" is the debut single from Live On Location - the new double live album from Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band. The two-disc album will be released on Sept. 29 - with CD release shows at Orr's Farm Market in Martinsburg, West Virginia on Sept. 23 & 24, and at Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival in North Carolina on Oct. 4. Bluegrass Retrospect airs on Friday evening at www.thebluegrassjamboree.com.


Stoney Creek Release Music Video for "Never Tell Me"

Martinsburg, W.Va. (Nov. 21, 2016) - Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band has released a music video for the single "Never Tell Me". The video is available on YouTube and at StoneyCreekBluegrass.net. "Never Tell Me" is the second single and video from the band's album "Memories & Tears". The single is available to broadcasters through AirPlay Direct and to fans through online retail and streaming outlets.

"Never Tell Me" is one of eleven original tracks on "Memories & Tears" written by the late Deanna Stottlemyer, sister of Stoney Creek's Libby Files. The band decided to record a full album of Stottlemyer's original material after recording two gospel tunes for 2012's "Are You Ready?" project.

"Memories & Tears" was released to radio broadcasters in June via AirPlay Direct, and the album went to #1 on the website's Top 50 Albums chart. The album's 11 tracks also held the top 11 spots on AirPlay Direct's Top 50 Singles chart.

Stottlemyer had performed and recorded six of the songs, leaving Stoney Creek with a blueprint for their rendition. Stottlemyer's and Files' mother, Ruby Kindle, then gave Files an additional five songs that only existed as lyrics on paper.

"Some of them she sang in her band, but then my mom gave me a stack of songs that she wrote and said 'why don't you do something with these?' So that's what I did," Files says. "I give the guys credit; they're all singing on it with me," Files says. "It's a project that I started mainly for my mom and dad; that's why I called it "Memories & Tears". I wanted to get all of my sister's music on a CD for them. There are 11 songs on the project - six are gospel songs and five are traditional bluegrass. I tried to keep them with a traditional flavor."

Stoney Creek has been praised as "mainstream bluegrass at its best" by Bluegrass Unlimited. Frank Jurney of the Berryville Bluegrass Series has noted that "Libby [Files] is among the rising number of female vocalists who are making a big impact on bluegrass music."

"Memories & Tears" is the first project to feature Stoney Creek's current lineup, including Libby Files on vocals and bass, Brett Smeltzer on mandolin and vocals, Kenton Catlett on guitar and vocals, and Troy Stangle on banjo and vocals.


Stoney Creek Releases "Memories & Tears"

Martinsburg, W.Va. (June 23, 2016) - Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band has announced the July 1 release of "Memories & Tears", a new album featuring the music of Deanna Stottlemyer.

"All of the songs were written by my late sister, Deanna. She passed away 12 years ago and she left a big pile of music," says Stoney Creek's Libby Files.

The album's first single, "Come Stay Awhile", was released on May 1, along with a music video filmed at Sleepy Creek Lake in Berkeley County, W.Va.

"Memories & Tears" was released to radio broadcasters on June 15 via AirPlay Direct, and the album went to #1 on the website's Top 50 Albums chart. The album's 11 tracks also held the top 11 spots on AirPlay Direct's Top 50 Singles chart.

Stottlemyer had performed and recorded six of the songs, leaving Stoney Creek with a blueprint for their rendition. Stottlemyer's and Files' mother, Ruby Kindle, then gave Files an additional five songs that only existed as lyrics on paper.

"Some of them she sang in her band, but then my mom gave me a stack of songs that she wrote and said 'why don't you do something with these?' So that's what I did," Files says. "Over the last six months, I put my style of bluegrass music to them. They all turned out pretty good."

Files wrote music for three of the new songs ("Give Them All To Jesus", "Won't It Be a Happy Time?", and "Keep Your Eyes Toward Heaven"). By this time, Kenton Catlett, who had played in Stottlemyer's band, joined Stoney Creek. He remembered writing music to one of the songs ("Someone To Share the Load") years earlier. Catlett also composed new music for Stottlemyer's final song, "Some Sweet Day", which he performs on the album in his lead vocal debut with Stoney Creek.

"I give the guys credit; they're all singing on it with me," Files says. "It's a project that I started mainly for my mom and dad; that's why I called it "Memories & Tears". I wanted to get all of my sister's music on a CD for them. There are 11 songs on the project - six are gospel songs and five are traditional bluegrass. I tried to keep them with a traditional flavor."

Stoney Creek has been praised as "mainstream bluegrass at its best" by Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. Frank Jurney of the Berryville Bluegrass Series has noted that "Libby Files is among the rising number of female vocalists who are making a big impact on bluegrass music."

"Memories & Tears" is the first project to feature Stoney Creek's current lineup, including Libby Files on vocals and bass, Brett Smeltzer on mandolin and vocals, Kenton Catlett on guitar and vocals, and Troy Stangle on banjo and vocals.

Stoney Creek will be celebrating the release of "Memories & Tears" with a series of concerts in July. This will include dates in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The band's full schedule can be found at StoneyCreekBluegrass.net.
 


MEMORIES & TEARS - #1 Album on AirPlay Direct

Martinsburg, W.Va. (June 17, 2016) - Stoney Creek's "Memories & Tears" has been released to broadcasters on AirPlay Direct and reached #1 on the Top 50 Albums Chart. The album held the #1 spot through the close of June 16 and returned to #1 on June 17. The album's 11 tracks also held the top 11 positions on the Top 50 Singles chart on June 16.

The album is available to radio broadcasters through AirPlay Direct. To request physical CDs, or Soundcloud / Dropbox downloads, DJs can email stoneycreekbluegrass@outlook.com


MEMORIES & TEARS - New Album Available in July!

Martinsburg, W.Va. (June 15, 2016) -  Calv'ry Music announces "Memories & Tears", the new album from Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band available in July. The album features 11 original songs, including the first single "Come Stay Awhile".

The single is available to radio broadcasters through AirPlay Direct. To request physical CDs, or Soundcloud / Dropbox downloads, DJs can email stoneycreekbluegrass@outlook.com

"Come Stay Awhile" is available to fans through the following sources:  Amazon Music  |  Google Play  |  iTunes  |  Spotify

"Come Stay Awhile" is one of eleven original tracks on "Memories & Tears" written by the late Deanna Stottlemyer, sister of Stoney Creek's Libby Files.


Stoney Creek Release Music Video for "Come Stay Awhile"

Martinsburg, W.Va. (May 10, 2016) - Calv'ry Music announces the release of a music video for the single "Come Stay Awhile" by Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band. The video is available on YouTube and at StoneyCreekBluegrass.net. "Come Stay Awhile" is the first single from the band's forthcoming album "Memories & Tears". The single is available to broadcasters through AirPlay Direct and to fans through online retail outlets.

"Come Stay Awhile" is one of eleven original tracks on "Memories & Tears" written by the late Deanna Stottlemyer, sister of Stoney Creek's Libby Files. The band decided to record a full album of Stottlemyer's original material after recording two gospel tunes for 2012's "Are You Ready?" project.

Stoney Creek has been praised as "mainstream bluegrass at its best" by Bluegrass Unlimited. Frank Jurney of the Berryville Bluegrass Series has noted that "Libby [Files] is among the rising number of female vocalists who are making a big impact on bluegrass music."

"Memories & Tears" is the first project to feature Stoney Creek's current lineup, including Libby Files on vocals and bass, Brett Smeltzer on mandolin and vocals, Kenton Catlett on guitar and vocals, and Troy Stangle on banjo and vocals.


Stoney Creek Announce New Single: "Come Stay Awhile"

Martinsburg, W.Va. (March 28, 2016) - Calv'ry Music announces the single "Come Stay Awhile" from Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band. The song will debut on bluegrass radio in May. "Come Stay Awhile" is the first single from the band's forthcoming album "Memories & Tears". The single will be available through AirPlay Direct and other outlets.

"Come Stay Awhile" is one of eleven original tracks on "Memories & Tears" written by the late Deanna Stottlemyer, sister of Stoney Creek's Libby Files. The band decided to record a full album of Stottlemyer's original material after recording two gospel tunes for 2012's "Are You Ready?" project.

Stoney Creek has been praised as "mainstream bluegrass at its best" by Bluegrass Unlimited. Frank Jurney of the Berryville Bluegrass Series has noted that "Libby [Files] is among the rising number of female vocalists who are making a big impact on bluegrass music."

"Memories & Tears" is the first project to feature Stoney Creek's current lineup, including Libby Files on vocals and bass, Brett Smeltzer on mandolin and vocals, Kenton Catlett on guitar and vocals, and Troy Stangle on banjo and vocals.


Stoney Creek on WINLife TV Webcast

Winchester, Va. (March 1, 2016) - Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band is scheduled to appear on WINLife TV's "After Hours with Eric Sandstrom" on Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m. (ET).

The hourlong program will feature two performance sets and an interview with Stoney Creek. The band is expected to share an update on its forthcoming studio album.

Viewers can watch the show on WINLife TV's Livestream website (available through a link at WinlifeTV.com or directly at Livestream.com/accounts/13579207). The show will be available for replay after the live broadcast.

Stoney Creek has been named "West Virginia's Classic Bluegrass Band" by Around the Panhandle magazine, and "mainstream bluegrass at its best" by Bluegrass Unlimited. The band features Libby Files, Brett Smeltzer, Kenton Catlett, and Troy Stangle. The forthcoming album is a follow-up to the band's 2012 gospel project "Are You Ready?", and the first to showcase Stoney Creek's current lineup.

WINLife TV is a new Internet production facility in Winchester, VA, and broadcasts live music, interviews, and hosted shows for Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. WINLife TV streams on the Livestream.com website and app.

Stoney Creek can be followed online at StoneyCreekBluegrass.net and on the band's Facebook page.

 


Stoney Creek Plus Two

Hedgesville, WV (February 16, 2015) - Stoney Creek's Libby Files and Brett Smeltzer have announced that "West Virginia's Classic Bluegrass Band" is entering the 2015 season with two additions: banjo player Troy Stangle and guitarist Kenton Catlett. Files described recent rehearsal sessions with the new lineup as "unbelievable."

Troy Stangle previously played banjo and dobro with All4Hym, who recorded on the Rural Rhythm Christian label. His stage and studio experience made Stangle a logical pick for Stoney Creek.

"Troy displays a vast array of versatility and uniqueness in his banjo skills," according to the band's mandolin player Brett Smeltzer. "He is a veteran with a musical talent that is not overpowering, but what audiences will appreciate and find very pleasing to the ear. It's great to have Troy on board with Stoney Creek."

The band is also bringing on board guitarist Kenton Catlett. Catlett had filled in with Stoney Creek throughout 2013 and 2014 when guitarist Ed Barney's job responsibilities kept him from playing show dates. In January 2015, Barney decided to step back from Stoney Creek, and Catlett was a natural fit.

"When I was first getting into bluegrass music nearly 30 years ago, Kenton was the first person that I started playing music with ... rather quickly focusing on both harmonies and arrangement," Smeltzer noted. Smeltzer and Files agreed that "over the past few years, Kenton has been a reliable source to help out Stoney Creek with his vocal and guitar skill on an 'as needed' basis. It is great to know that we have that same commitment from him now on a full-time basis."

"I would like to welcome the new members to the band," Files said. "I am excited about the upcoming lineup and the new opportunities that it will bring."

Longtime banjo and dobro player Darrell Sanders is on the band's injured reserve list. Sanders is facing surgery for a damaged nerve that has limited his playing ability.

Stoney Creek plans to announce 2015 show dates, as well as returning to the studio to finish work on a new album. The new project will be a follow-up to 2012's "Are You Ready?" album, which gained the band airplay in over 200 radio markets and a music video in national rotation on BlueHighways TV.

Stoney Creek's upcoming tour dates and contact information can be found at StoneyCreekBluegrass.net. Radio service, booking, and press inquiries for Stoney Creek can be made by contacting Calv'ry Booking and Management through CalvryBooking.com or by calling 304-268-1785.

 


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