Boxwell Music, Part V
If you’re going to discuss musicians at Boxwell Reservation, you have to spend some time at Stahlman at the turn of the century. For a few years, roughly 1998 to 2001, there were a group of staff there who found music as a common bond and they played!
There were several players at Stahlman tading ideas and teaching each other little tricks. Among the many were Roman Reese, Cory Younts, Charlie Pitcock, Patrick Davis, Brian Barnes, Brian Rappold, Carl Hofstrum, Trip Arnold, and Clay Miller. They played an assortment of instruments, including banjo and mandolin, and regularly entertained at the Stahlman Friday Night Campfire and the Sunday Night joint campfire.
In terms of types of music, not surprisingly, it was a combination of folk, bluegrass, and some really old school stuff–like jug band music! “Stealin'” was a regular performance and the Beatles’ “Rocky Raccoon” often showed up as well. And musically, the guys were solid. Most of the list above even joined together and recorded an album: The Damn Ol’ Tennessee Boys.
The image here is the part of what would be come the Damn Ol’ Tennessee Boys. On the back row (L-R): Cory Younts, Trip Arnold, Patrick Davis, and Charlie Pitcock. On the front row (L-R): Brian Rappold, Brian Barnes, and Clay Miller.