Mitch Meadors Jr. started playing guitar at the age of 5 then later learned mandolin. His dad, Mitch Meadors Sr. "forced" him to practice everyday and took him around to local players for a few lessons ( Glen Lahmen, Buzz Matheson and his Uncle Jay).
Mitch is not only an accomplished mandolin player but also lead guitar, banjo and upright bass player. Mitch sings lead, tenor and high baritone. After several years playing in his family's gospel band ( Meadors Family), Mitch and friends formed a band " High Velocity". He spent several years playing with " Family Pride". Then Mitch formed his own band " Mitch Jr. and Drivin Time". They toured several years playing select bluegrass festivals. Several of the members of Drivin Time moved out of the area, that caused the band to desolve. Mitch then, helped Coney Carver and The Rainbow Vally Boys the past several years. Mitch loves making and listening to good Bluegrass Music.
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 Bournaghm 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. 2 years later Caney Creek was formed. He played with Caney Creek and Harbourtown Bluegrass, until juggling 2 bands got to be a little hectic.
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 contests. 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 brothers formed Caney Creek. In his spare time, him and his wife Becky help promote several bluegrass events.
Joe "Beaner" Robinson