The original Camp Creek Boys included Fred Cockerham
(fiddle), Kyle Creed, Ronald Collins (guitar), Paul Sutphin (guitar)
and Verlen Clifton (mandolin). The New Camp Creek Boys include
two of these original members Verlen Clifton
and Kirk’s cousin Paul Sutphin. Both of
Verlen and Paul were awarded the North Carolina Heritage award
for their contributions to the traditional music of North Carolina.
Both men define the unique rhythmic canvas on which the Camp Creek
sound is created. They also add some great vocals to the band.
Kirk Sutphin (fiddle) was born in 1968, so his
first experiences of his uncle’s band were prenatal, but
the sounds stuck. Kirk spent his teenage years with old fiddlers
of Round Peak and Galax- Tommy Jarrell, Luther Davis and a later
fiddler for the Camp Creek Boys, Ernest East.
Tom Mylet (banjo), a native of Philadelphia
moved to Grayson County, Virginia in the early 70’s to be
closer to the music that he loved. He spent a lot of his 20’s
playing music and hanging out in the banjo shop of Kyle Creed.
Their time together can be heard in every banjo note from this
Lisa Sutphin (guitar), was Raised in the mountains
of Floyd County, Virginia, by a predominantly Primitive Baptist
family. Surrounded by musical family, Lisa started dancing by
the age of two. Nearly every Saturday night of her childhood was
spent at a square dance. At a dance later in life she met Kirk
and eventually moved to North Carolina where she was fortunate
to be surrounded by some of the best guitar players in old time
music including Paul Sutphin, Chester McMillian, Doug Rorrer and
Will McIntyre (bass) learned to play old time
music when he was a student at Western Carolina University in
the 1970's. His teacher was Eric Olson, folklorist and banjo player
with the legendary Fuzzy Mountain String Band. Will has toured
internationally, playing bass with Grammy award winning musician
David Holt. Will was also a member of the Old Hollow Stringband.
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