Marion "Weasel" Boatwright, Troy "Hot Springs" Harrison, Frank "Lefty" McConnell, Craig "Chief T" Bannerman
the first Crooked Pine era in the 70’s, Craig and Frank joined with
Laura Boosinger and Don Jackson to form the 107-String Band. They played
the region for several years and appeared on several local TV and radio
programs, winning Outstanding Performance at the Mountain Dance and
Folk Festival in Asheville.
played for years after 107 with Mac Snodderly and Kirk Randleman in the Painless
Band, winning numerous contests along the way, being retired from
competition and becoming the house band for Fiddlers Grove in the
1980’s. Craig retired as the Deputy Fire Chief for the small town of Black
Mountain, NC, is married to Jane and has sons Brooke and Levi and daughters Marnie and Megan who are clog
dancers with Craig’s extended family.
formed the Weasel Creek Stringband in the 90’s. They performed across
the South specializing in playing for – and organizing -- square and
contra dances. Marion has built, owned and run two wilderness lodges, one in Transylvania County USA and one in New Zealand. He now runs Stony Point Studios in Brevard NC and Marion's son and daughter are raising families clamoring for visits with 'Grandpa Weasel'.
lived in Brevard ever since those early Crooked Pine days, moonlighting
solo at schools, camps, and weddings. He and his wife Zia have two sons
that are showing great musical promise in their own right. Frank is recently retired Director of Operations at Brevard Music Center, now spending more time songwriting and walking the trails of Pisgah and Dupont forests.
Troy says that when he was a student at Madison High School in Marshall, he attended a class in string music to get out of having to take typing. "That's the whole reason I'm in music." Harrison is a native of Madison County. Today Harrison is a wonderful banjo, mandolin and guitar player, carrying on the traditions of his family and community. Troy Harrison took banjo lessons with Madison County legend Obray Ramsey and also learned to play the guitar, from Floyd Waldrop and from David Shelton of Shelton Laurel. Today Troy Harrison plays with Crooked Pine as it's newest member.