Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome, Cabin Creek Boys


Mountain Lake Lodge

115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke VA

Crooked Road Concerts


7:00 PM

Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome performs traditional bluegrass, but in the style that Dr. Ralph Stanley preferred to call mountain music. As the name suggests, the groups music seeks to invoke the high lonesome sounds the Stanleys and other artists from far Southwest Virginia have made their calling card. Group leader Jeff Brown is well qualified to present this style having played with Dr. Stanley and with Larry Sparks. Jeff has a compelling and distinctive singing style that is well suited to capturing that desired lonesome quality. Jeff is supported by a great cast of pickers and singers including Austin Brown on bass, Nick Goad on mandolin, and Rod Smith on banjo.

Austin Brown is now 19 years old and has been playing guitar and bass since the age of 3. Austin’s music development has been influenced by the music of numerous bluegrass stalwarts such as Ralph Stanley, Tony Rice, Wyatt Rice, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Blue Highway to name a few.

Nick Goad is a native of Stuart Virginia and began playing guitar at the age of 9 and mandolin at age 12. Nick is a winner of the prestigious Best All Around Performer and 1st Place Mandolin at the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention in Galax, Virginia.

Rod Smith started playing the banjo at the age of 14 and cites Terry Baucom as a major influence on his style. As is often the case in traditional music, Rod’s interest in music was encouraged by family, especially his grandfather. Rod also plays Dobro.

The Cabin Creek Boys play old-time hillbilly music from the mountains of Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina, entertaining audiences with old-time hoedowns, bluegrass and old time songs, and two-step numbers and waltzes. Led by multi-instrumentalist and award-winning husband and wife duo Chris and Erika Testerman of Lansing, North Carolina, the band also includes Jackson Cunningham of Grant, Virginia, on guitar; Trish Kilby Fore of Galax, Virginia, on clawhammer banjo; and Jerry Steinberg of Salem, Virginia, on bass.

Chris Testerman, on fiddle and harmony singing, was raised in the Whitetop section of Grayson County, Virginia where he became interested in fiddle playing. Chris emerged as a strong Whitetop-style fiddler and toured with the Whitetop Mountain Band. Chris also builds fiddles; learning much of his craft from Audrey Hash Ham and Archie Elmer Powers.

Erika Testerman, on guitar, fiddle, vocals, originally from Mount Airy, North Carolina, grew up in a musical community and was taught and influenced by well-known Surry County musicians Chester McMillian and Mac and Steve Snow. Erika and Chris teach in the Sparta School’s Junior Appalachian Musicians program to pass on the area’s musical traditions to the younger generation.

Jackson Cunningham, lead singer and mandolin, has been playing guitar and singing most of his life. He was included in "Music from the Crooked Road: Mountain Music of Virginia" national tours and has toured in several different groups.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket.