Crunchy Western Boys
About the Band
Whilst we’re waiting for Sam to send in his bio, we’ll just make some stuff up! Sam was invented in Ohio in spite of Akron being the rubber capitol of the world. He went on to establish Oberlin College in 1833 due to his burning desire to learn the cello. In 1869 he teamed up with W.F. Semple and patented chewing gum. Shortly after he emigrated to Plymouth, NH to join his guru Shri-Jaybo-Moskowitz and study guitar. Eventually he began to play with the Crunchy Western Boys which seemed like a good idea at the time…
Morris Manning is a native of Franconia NH. As a singer/songwriter, Morris has a strong following asvan authentic New England folk singer. His original songs have been voted best in the region by various publications, and he has been nominated for a MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) Award. Morris has played with The Chinese Cooks, The Regular Einsteins, Valhalla Taxi, El Mundo, Loli Marquez-Sterling Cabaret Group, The Bettys, and The New Gypsy Swing Quintet and tours regularly in Europe.
Steve has played, over the years, with Dumbwaiter, the Regular Einsteins, the Bettys, duos with Morris Manning, Valhalla Taxi, and most recently, Ricky and the Giants. Steve writes and records original music at home…but has, despite many attempts, refused to talk about it while sober. You can hear Steve on the Crunchy Western Boy’s first record, where he sang background vocals.
In late August of ’09 Steve (finally!) became a ‘real’ man and took up the big bass fiddle. Shortly afterward he was seen rubbing his hands, alternately mumbling something about intonation, and shouting into the clear blue sky; “Damn you Banzai! Damn you to Hell!”
Originally from Tyringham, MA Steve currently resides with his wife and son on a small farm in Meredith, NH.
Fiddler extraordinaire Jacob Stern hails from Buffalo, NY. He currently lives in Concord, VT. Brought up in the classical style, Jacob turned to the dark side some years ago after a run in with a strange creature in a far off land. He returned with a most peculiar sounding fiddle, and before he knew it he was playing it almost everyday. Now all he has to do is play the thing everyday.