West End String Band
Modern Bluegrass & Americana
Greenville, SC’s West End String Band is dedicated to playing and performing traditional bluegrass music and old country songs with modern appeal.
Charlie McDaniel, guitar and vocals, hails from Rutherford County, NC. 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.
Kathy McDaniel, Charlie’s wife, 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.
Brian Van Antwerp first met the McDaniels at Albino Skunk Fest. Providing sizzling fiddle playing, harmonies, and memorable lead vocals, Brian soon became a vital member of the band. Originally from Michigan, where he majored in music, Brian is a music teacher & gives fiddle lessons to students of all ages.