West End String Band LIVE at Oklawaha Brewing Company
April 10, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
LIVE MUSIC 3 PM!
The West End String Band makes their Debut Performance at Oklawaha Brewing Company!
Sunday April 10th!
Charlie McDaniel, guitar and vocals, moved to the upstate area about 20 years ago from Rutherford County, N.C. He was a member of the popular regional band, Hickory Flat, for over 20 years. Hickory Flat brought home a top 10 finish in the SPGMA bluegrass band world championship, followed by several busy years on the festival circuit. Charlie‘s soulful singing puts the blues in bluegrass.
After moving to Greenville, Charlie met his wife-to-be Kathy. She grew up singing American traditional songs with her father in Northwestern Ohio. As a percussionist in high school, she won the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award for piano. Kathy became a die-hard bluegrass fan the first time she attended the popular Pickin’ at Pickens Bluegrass Festival. After going to bluegrass jams and shows with Charlie, she decided to take up a new instrument. Her great timing and true love for the music made the bass a great choice for her. She anchors the group now with her rock solid timing and harmony vocals.
Charlie and Kathy played around Greenville for a year or so as a duet, playing bluegrass, folk, and acoustic blues, always longing for a banjo to take their music back to its traditional roots.
Brian VanAntwerp is the most recent addition to the band, providing sizzling fiddle and vocal harmonies. Brian is a transplant to the Upstate after growing up in Michigan. He majored in music at Michigan State.