Jon Prater, resophonic guitar, from Buchanan County joined the SSB late in 2014. He began his musical career in rock and roll, but soon became drawn to the traditional music of his home in the Appalachian Mountains. That soulful feeling is felt whenever and wherever Jon performs. In addition to resophonic guitar, Jon also plays guitar and banjo.
Al Weekley (“Big Al”), bass player and also a radio DJ, is originally from Ravenswood, West Virginia right near the Ohio River. He joined the SSB in 2015 after relocating to Buchanan County Va from Radio Station KRVN 880 in Lexington, Nebraska.
He was inducted into the Nebraska Country Music Hall of Fame and has been nominated as one of the IBMA Top 5 Bluegrass broadcasters on two separate occasions. Weekley is not only heard with the SSB, but can also be heard on 88.7 FM WMMT with Sandy Shortridge on "The Big Al & Sandy radio show" every Saturday morning 8am to 11am www.wmmt.org
Sam Brookover Mandolin & Vocals
Coming from a musical family, Sam started playing music early. By the age of 16 he was playing fiddle with the Frontier Valley Boys in the Marietta, OH area. After active duty in the Navy he came home and found his love for playing the mandolin. He has played in several early bands including the Front Porch Pickers and the Brookover Brothers. In 1986 he and his wife, Patsy, joined “Stoneycreek” and continued to perform with this group for 20 years. Since retiring Stoneycreek, Sam has enjoyed playing both mandolin and fiddle with several bands which include Lonesome Heart, Wills Creek and Windy Ridge. Sam and Patsy have 1 daughter, Laurel and 3 grandchildren, Logan, Lizzie and Allie and reside in Williamstown, WV.