The Stoney Creek String Band
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Bill Onesty outside of his dorm at Furman.

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Gaille Cook practicing her guitar.

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Tommy Michaels, Gaille Cook ,Greg Wulz, (sound engineer), and Karen Edwards.

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Greg Wultz with Gail Cook.

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John Oeland is with Jim Morrow at Pecknel Music.

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Gail Cook, Bill Onesty, John Oeland, and Kenny Camp working out the parts.

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John Oeland on the right.

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1976_Kenny Camp, John Oeland, Gaille Cook, and Danny Griggs live.

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1976_Bill Heacox running sound live.

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1976_Kenny Camp, Danny Griggs, John Oeland, and Gaille Cook live at the University of NC in Charlotte.

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1976_Kenny Camp, Danny Griggs, John Oeland, and Gaille Cook live at the University of NC in Charlotte.

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1976_Kenny Camp live at the University of NC in Charlotte.

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1977_John Oeland, Gaille Cook, and Danny Griggs live at the Greenville City Fairgrounds.

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1977_Kenny Camp, John Oeland, Gaille Cook, and Danny Griggs live at the Greenville City Fairgrounds.

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1977_Kenny Camp, Gaille Cook, John Oeland, Johnny Hofmann, Danny Griggs live at the The Villa Apartments.

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1977_Kenny Camp, Gaille Cook, John Oeland, Johnny Hofmann, Danny Griggs live at the The Villa Apartments.

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1977_Kenny Camp, Gaille Cook, John Oeland, and Mark Putnam live at the The Villa Apartments.

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1977_Kenny Camp, Gaille Cook, and John Oeland live at the The Villa Apartments.

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1977_Johnny Hofmann, and Martin Putnam live at the The Villa Apartments.

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1977_Johnny Hofmann, and Danny Griggs live at the The Villa Apartments.

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1977_The Stoney Creek String Band live at the The Villa Apartments.

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1977_Kenny Camp, John Oeland, Gaille Cook, and Danny Griggs live at the Coffee Street Mall.

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1977_ Kenny Camp, Bill Onesty, Danny Griggs, John Oeland, and Gaille Cook live at Dino's Lounge in Greenville, SC.

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1977_ Kenny Camp, Bill Onesty, and Danny Griggs live at Dino's Lounge in Greenville, SC.

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Bill Heacox hard at work mixing sound at Dino's Lounge in Greenville, SC.

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1977_Mitch Humphries, Bill Onesty, Bill Medlin (at the board), and Danny Griggs recording at Mark V Studios in Greenville, SC.

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1977_Mitch Humphries (Producer), and Bill Medlin (Engineer) recording at Mark V Studios in Greenville, SC.

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1977_PeeWee Melton, Mitch Humphries, Gaille Cook, Johnny Oeland, and Bill Medlin. Recording at Mark V Studios in Greenville, SC.

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Bill Medlin working at the mixing board recording at Mark V Studios in Greenville, SC.

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1977_Bill Onesty recording at Mark V Studios in Greenville, SC.

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1977_Danny Griggs recording at Mark V Studios in Greenville, SC.

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1977_Bill Heacox recording at Mark V Studios in Greenville, SC.

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1977_Gaille just had to show off the new T-Shirt.

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1977_Gaille Cook live at Wofford College.

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1977_Danny Griggs, Johnny Hofmann, John Oeland, Gaille Cook, and Kenny Camp live at Wofford College.

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1978_Scott Huffman, Gaille Cook, guest guitarist Sam Sanger, Rick Lowe, and Johnny Hofmann live at Pickin' at Pickens.

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1978_Greg Wulz, Danny Griggs, and Rick Lowe live at Pickin' at Pickens.

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1978_Al Osteen at Pickin' at Pickens.

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1978_Ginger Whatley (blond clogger) at Pickin' at Pickens.

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1978_Ed Young, and Bill Heacox at Pickin' at Pickens.

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1978_Bill Heacox, and Bill Onesty at Pickin' at Pickens.

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1980_Susan Snyder, (from The Fifth String band), live at Buddy's BBQ.

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1980_Susan Snyder, (from The Fifth String band), live at Buddy's BBQ.

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1980_Scott Huffman live at Buddy's BBQ.

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1983_Gaille Cook, and Jeff Foxall live at The Silver Fox.

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1983_Scott Huffman, and Al Osteen live at The Silver Fox.

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1983_Scott Huffman, and Al Osteen live at The Silver Fox.

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1983_Scott Huffman, and Al Osteen live at The Silver Fox.

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1983_Scott Huffman, and Al Osteen live at The Silver Fox.

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1984_Rick Lowe, Gaille Cook, Johnny Hofmann, Danny Griggs, and Scott Huffman.

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1998_Gaille Cook, Al Osteen, and Steve Gambrell live at Just More BBQ.

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1998_Steve Gambrell, Gaille Cook, Al Osteen, and Becky Osteen performing live at the David H. Wilkins rally.

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1998_Steve Gambrell, Gaille Cook, Al Osteen, and Becky Osteen performing live at the David H. Wilkins rally.

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2014_Edisto at the Log Cabin Concert One in Roanoke, VA. George Avakian, Bill Onesty, and Gaille Cook.

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2014_Edisto at the Log Cabin Concert One rehearsal in Roanoke. VA. George Avakian, Bill Onesty, Gaille Cook, Bill Heacox, and Sid Jay.

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2014_Edisto at the Log Cabin Concert One in Roanoke, VA. George Avakian, Bill Onesty, Gaille Cook, Bill Heacox, and Sid Jay.

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2014_Edisto on the Edisto River. Sid Jay, George Avakian, Gaille Cook, Bill Heacox, and Bill Onesty.

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2014_Edisto, Weekend at Table Rock State Park. Gaille Cook.

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2014_Edisto "Concert for Baz" at Fair Play, SC. Bill Heacox, and Gaille Cook.

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2016_B Sides at Grace Church Picnic in Roanoke, VA. Gaille Cook, Bill Onesty, Bill Heacox.

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2017_The Breakaways at Heritage Park in Travelers Rest, SC. Bill Heacox, Ceci Barnett, Gaille Cook, Bill Onesty, and Curtis Lewis.

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2018_Stoney Creek String Band Reunion at the Knights Inn. Bill Heacox, Gaille Cook, Danny Griggs, and Bill Onesty.

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2018_Stoney Creek String Band Reunion at the Knights Inn. Danny Griggs.

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2018_Stoney Creek String Band Reunion rehearsal. Danny Griggs.

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2018_Rick Lowe and Andy "Al" Lowe, winners on fiddle and banjo at Galax.

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2018_The Breakaways at Anderson Waffle House. Jeff Barnett, Gaille Cook, Bill Heacox, and Bill Onesty.

Promo Materials

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1976_The Hornpipe Magazine cover.

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1976_The Hornpipe Magazine page 2.

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1976_The Hornpipe Magazine page 3.

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1976_The Hornpipe Magazine page 4.

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1976_The Hornpipe Magazine page 5.

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1976_The Hornpipe Magazine rear cover.

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1978 T-Shirt design by Jim Campbell.

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2017_Andy "Al" Lowe wearing his dad, Rick Lowe's SCSB T-shirt at Galax.

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Stoney Creek String Band T-Shirt print.

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Stoney Creek String Band T-Shirt print.

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Stoney Creek String Band T-Shirt license plate tag.

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Stoney Creek String Band T-Shirt business card.

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1984_Promo photo with Al Osteen, Gaille Cook, Scott Huffman, and Jeff Foxall.

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1999_The New Stoney Creek Band promo flyer.

Articles and Write-ups

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1976_The Greenville News article "Concert at the Plaza".

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"Stoney Creek String Band special to music lovers of Holly Hill area.

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1977_Greenville Piedmont; Upcountry Trends article

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1978_Junkin' News interview.

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1985_The Times Advertiser article.

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1998_House of Representatives appreciation letter for performing at the David H. Wilkins rally.

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1998_Recognition X-Press company appreciation letter for performing.

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1976_Set list.

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1976_Flyer for live performance at The Executive Lounge.

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Set list.

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1977_Greenville First Annual Bluegrass Festival Fair flyer.

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Set list.

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1977_"Their Love Makes Everything Right" lyrics by John Oeland.

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Set list.

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1978_For What It's Worth presents The Stoney Creek String Band.

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1978_Pickin' at Pickens show flyer.

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The Haven set list front page.

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The Haven set list back page.

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1979_Bluegrass Pickin' at Pickens set list.

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1979_Bluegrass Pickin' at Pickens show flyer.

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1979_Foothills Festival brochure.

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1984_Union Station show flyer.

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Song list page 1.

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Song list page 2.

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1985_Greenville City Parks and Recreation "Spring Bag Day" schedule.

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Releases

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1977 LP release "Half Alive At Dino's Lounge" front cover.

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1977 LP release "Half Alive At Dino's Lounge" rear cover.

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1977 LP release "Half Alive At Dino's Lounge" side 1.

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1977 LP release "Half Alive At Dino's Lounge" side 2.

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1977 LP release "Half Alive At Dino's Lounge" poster insert.

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1977 45 single release "Fox On The Run" side one.

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1977 45 single release "Her Song" side two.

Where to start?

This one is very special for me and I want to tell you why. Seven years ago when I started this website I gathered the names of hundreds of South Carolina artists and bands to create showcases for and the Stoney Creek String Band was on that list. I had heard of them and I had heard how talented they were but it wasn’t until working with Butch Hendricks on his body of work that I was reminded of them.

 

Butch, being so passionate about all the musicians and bands from South Carolina proceeded to pour out to me a long list of names, in his opinion each deserving to receive their own showcase page and then BOOM! there they were again, the Stoney Creek String Band.

 

With my new mission in sight I began researching Stoney Creek and it did not take me long to realize all roads led to Gaille Cook. Gaille runs the “Friends of Stoney Creek String Band and Gritz” Facebook page and a nicer group of people you will not meet anywhere.

 

When I first approached Gaille she was a bit hesitant to accompany me into a near fifty year dive into the past, especially knowing I would look to her for the history, the facts, the faces and names, and every tiny dustball in-between. But in the end she agreed to partner with me on getting this showcase put together and my respect and love for her knows no bounds, I could not have done this without her.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, The Stoney Creek String Band…

In the early 1970s, a bluegrass band called Gritz formed at Furman University.  They played at various local festivals and once a week at the Knights Inn on 291 in Greenville, SC where they developed a large following.  Their banjo player, Kenny Camp, joined the group when Danny Griggs, who few remember had played banjo at first, left school early and returned to his home in Holly Hill.  Kenny was a not a Furman student; he was a true country musician from Easley. Kenny had lived the real country music life, including spending a year in the Pickens County jail where he perfected his banjo playing.  In the spring of 1976, as the other members were graduating and moving on, he left Gritz to form The Stoney Creek String Band.

 

The original members of The Stoney Creek String Band were Kenny Camp on banjo, John Oeland on mandolin and guitar, Bill Onesty on guitar, and Gaille Cook on bass.  Gaille and Bill had been playing at Furman as the duo Hard Shell Harmony and Bill had frequently filled in for Gritz in the past. John was a well-known Greenville musician who had worked at Pecknel Music for years before the band took his time over. Greg Wulz and Bill Heacox worked as sound engineers for the band. The first Stoney Creek job was at The Roost (near Cherrydale).

 

About a year later, Danny Griggs returned from Holly Hill and took Bill’s place in Stoney Creek. Bill was graduating Furman with a degree in chemistry and had a full-time job offer directly out of school. For the next few years, Stoney Creek played five to eight times a week at every venue in Greenville and at private events around the upstate, eventually becoming the house band at Dino’s on Augusta Road. The group was widely known for their vocal harmonizing, for playing well known tunes on bluegrass instruments, and for their warm and friendly interaction with their audiences.

 

In 1977 Stoney Creek took hard earned money they had and applied it to a recording project. Enlisting engineer Bill Medlin and producer Mitch Humphries, they set about constructing a unique project, whereby the first six recorded songs would be captured live by Bill Medlin during the band’s weekly performances at Dino’s and the remaining five would be recorded at the legendary Mark V Studios in Greenville, SC. The tracks selected for the project titled “The Stoney Creek String Band Half Alive at Dino’s” were traditional country and bluegrass compositions.  A particular favorite among audiences was the original tune “Her Song”, written and composed by John Oeland. Several local musician friends were guests on the album.  It was well received upon release and still stands today as a healthy, well-rounded offering of bluegrass and country traditional songs, performed with incredible intensity and musicianship, served with a twist of familiarity and fun.  The band also began producing tshirts at this time.  Jim Campbell, a well-known local artist and art teacher for Greenville County Schools and today a performing musician, designed the album cover, the album poster, the band sign and the tshirts. Gaille’s father, Charlie Cook, who attended every performance, oversaw sales and distribution of the albums and shirts.

 

From 1978 to 1980 The Stoney Creek String Band continued to perform throughout the state and beyond as their fan base grew around them. Along the way there were various personnel changes but the core group for most of this time was Scott Huffman on banjo, Danny Griggs on guitar, and Gaille Cook on bass guitar.  Rick Lowe, (also originally from Gritz), played mandolin and twin fiddle tunes with John Hofmann who has been an award winning fiddle player for many years. The music from this later version of the group had more of a traditional bluegrass sound.

 

Toward the end of 1980 the group went their separate ways. Gaille Cook moved to California, Danny Griggs returned to his home in Holly Hill, and Scott Huffman and Rick Lowe moved to North Carolina. John Hofmann became the fiddle player for Nashville stars Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee. This was during the famous Gilley’s Bar and bull riding days. John performed at the Grammy awards with them the year they won, although he was not on their original albums.

 

In 1982 Gail Cook returned from California and reformed the band. Al Osteen, who had played with all the bluegrass greats, including Charlie Moore and Jim and Jessie, and who was the original owner of the Fifth String Music Store in Greenville, SC, played banjo, Scott Huffman returned on guitar this time, and Jeff Foxall played mandolin. This group became the beach house band at Rosalinda’s Restaurants located at Murrell’s Inlet and North Myrtle Beach. The music style moved to a more Texas Swing feel. This version of Stoney Creek was known for the high-level musicianship of Al, Jeff and Scott. In 1985 Gaille moved to Austin, TX to get her master’s in music theory at the University of Texas. Jeff, Scott and Al continued playing as a trio.

 

Stoney Creek reformed twice in the 1990s.  The first time, Gaille Cook, Kenny Camp and Al Osteen were joined by Ken Cox, a favorite local musician who sang in Lester Flatt style. Al played banjo and Kenny played dobro.  This group became popular at DeShield’s on Wade Hampton Boulevard.  After Kenny’s death in 1995, Al Osteen’s wife, Becky joined on bass, and Steve Gambrell played dobro.

 

Finally, having not played together for over 30 years, original members Gaille Cook, Bill Onesty and Bill Heacox (who had gone from sound man to multi-instrumentalist) reunited at a gathering for John Oeland, who died in 2012.  They formed a trio, B Sides, and still enjoy playing together, frequently joined by other friends and musicians when out playing live. There is also a quartet with Ceci Barnett called The Breakaways, and a larger group with friends from high school and Furman University called Edisto with Sid Jay, George Avakian, and Jim Stewart. The performing, jamming and friendship continue today, despite two years of covid restrictions and members living from Virginia to various parts of the Carolinas.

 

Members (surviving):

Danny Griggs Greenville and Holly Hill, SC

Bill Heacox performs frequently in the Spartanburg area.

Rick Lowe’s son Andy (Al) Lowe is a national award-winning banjo player in North Carolina.

Johnny Hofman plays frequently in NC and continues to win fiddle player awards.

Gaille Cook, Billy Onesty and Bill Heacox continue to play together as often as possible.

 

Members (past):

Kenny Camp passed around 1995

John Oeland passed in 2012

Al Osteen passed in 2010

Steve Gambrell passed in 2015

Ken Cox passed in the late 1990s

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