Fisher Peak Timber Rattlers
The Fisher Peak Timber Rattlers is an Old Time band that has been playing in the area for a decade. The majority of their repertoire is tunes that have been shared in this section of the Blue Ridge for more than a century. Listeners can close their eyes and have the same aural experience that their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, or great-greats had.
Stu Shenk leads the band. He first played the banjo in 1971 and began fiddle the next year, learning his first tunes from Blanton Owen of the Fuzzy Mountain String Band, Oscar Wright of Lerona, W.Va., and neighbors in Summers County, W.Va. He moved to Carroll County, Va., in 1978, and has been an active musician in the area’s old-time community ever since. He lives in the shadow of Fisher Peak, within 2 miles of the Music Center.
Band members include Stu Shenk, Dan and Dot Shikenjanski, and Ed Dalton.