THE BAND

Stacy Wilcox

Stacy is a born and raised  East Tennessee native, but now makes his home in Ohio. At a young age his Uncle started taking him to local Bluegrass Festivals. It didn’t take him long to realize his passion for the music. He became eager to learn the banjo. His uncle surprised him with his first banjo, an Alvarez which Stacy has already passed down to his son, Chris. In 1995, Stacy started entering banjo contest. The awards started racking up, Stacy was winning championships all over the Southern United States.

 The first band Stacy performed with was Shady Hollow from North Georgia in 1996. After traveling the Southern States for several years he moved back to Middle Tennessee and began his journey with Valley Grass from Dunlap, Tennessee. Upon entering a band contest with Valley Grass, Stacy was quickly recognized by Tim Graves.  A few days after the competition Stacy received a call asking him if he was interested in touring the United States with Tim Graves and Cherokee.

After spending 3 years on the road playing banjo with Tim, his professional career had begun. He filled in with David Parmley on the banjo one week then filled in with David on the upright bass the following week. With Stacy’s rock solid upbeat style bass playing he was quickly hired as a member of  David Parmley and Continental Divide. During the time he toured with Continental Divide he was asked to become an Honorary Bluegrass Cardinal by the one and only Don Parmley (founder of the Bluegrass Cardinals), which he gladly accepted.

 In  2003, love brought Stacy to Ohio. He toured with The Bluegrass Mountaineers for numerous years until his 3 kids required their daddy to stay closer to home. Stacy is actively involved in all the kids sports and extra curricular activities. Once he was required to stay closer home, him and several of his great friends started picking more. It wasn’t long after that this band of brother formed Caney Creek. In his spare time, him and his wife Becky help promote several bluegrass events.

Joe Beaner Robinson

Joe’s roots run deep in Bluegrass Music.  His family is from the heart of Greasy Creek, Kentucky. He spent most of his childhood traveling and picking’ bluegrass with his cousins Mike, Dave and Troy Prater. His rock solid upright bass playing keeps the band together. His baritone harmonies are some of the best. Joe is also an accomplished southern rock guitar player, his roots always bring him back to bluegrass. Joe joined Caney Creek in 2014.

Chris Smith

At the age of 8, Chris got his first guitar for Christmas. He would entertain his family at functions singing Glen Campbell’s hit “Rhinestone Cowboy”. At the age of 13 his dad introduced him to his first bluegrass show at the Uniontown Grange hall. Performing that night was Tommy Bourghnam and the Southland Gospel Boys. He was mesmerized with the banjo and guitar. The banjo quickly became his life for the next 2 years, Ralph Stanley would lead the way for his picking’ style. At age 14 he began performing with the band Country Grass from Uniontown and also filling in with True Country – a country, bluegrass, comedy band that included Uncle Clyde and Jeanie Johnson. At age 15 he performed his first show with The Bluegrass Mountaineers at the Mercer County Coon Hunters Club in Pennsylvania. When their regular banjo player, Ron Dawson couldn’t make it. Chris was so engulfed by the music of The Stanley Brothers, particularly of the lead guitar playing of George Shuffler. He would practice guitar on a regular basis in the basement of his family’s farmhouse in Uniontown. At 16 he accepted the full time banjo position for The Bluegrass Mountaineers after Ron retired.  In the spring of 1990, Chris had the great honor of spending two months, on and off as the lead guitar player for Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys when regular guitarist Junior Blankenship was dealing with some personal issues. During his time with The Mountaineers, Chris performed all over the united States, Fan Fair in Nashville, and Canada. In 1989, while playing the Stark County Fair- The Bluegrass Mountaineers opened up for a little known country singer from Nashville. It would later turn out to be Garth Brooks. After 20 years on the road with The Mountaineers, Chris decided to hang it up and concentrate on his job and family. Two years later Caney Creek was formed.

Curtis Oyler

Curtis is the newest and youngest member of the band. He was born in Shelby Ohio and comes from a long line of bluegrass pickers. His family comes from Morehead Kentucky. His family has played bluegrass for many years as The Blanton family around the Mansfield Ohio area and all over the U.S. He was born with a mandolin in his hands!

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