Craig Jenkins and Terry McKinnis also known as the "Singing Loggers" have been singing and playing their guitars together for more than half of their lives. A kinship of many years as local favorites in the Mapleton, Oregon area is reflected in the way they perform their unique blend of original songs about logging in Oregon and Alaska. Their music pays a heartfelt tribute to the hard working men & women in the logging industry. "Craig & Terry" are just some hard working guys who happen to also have a spiritual, musical side. They sing about the history of the forest, life in the woods (logging) and love. Craig & Terry's music put them at the forefront as trailblazers for songs about the logging industry, old and new. As logging experienced big changes in the 80s and 90s, their roles as musician and storyteller cemented their place in history.
Craig writes most of the music with some help from his long time friend Don Beck. They have had a long history of writing songs that convey what it takes to live the life of a timber worker. Together they have written several songs and like the rings of a tree each one tells a new story. The logging industry is one with a wide and varied mix of individuals and these characters come alive in the stories and songs taken from personal experiences. Humor often plays an integral part in the telling of these stories and the audiences are easily entertained.
Craig & Terry have been entertaining family, friends and audiences for nearly forty years. They started out as a duo and then discovered Doug Daniels (pictured above with the banjo). Doug had a studio where they began recording in 1988. In 1989 they met Neil Isaacson (far left in the above picture) who plays bass. Then Rick Barrows joined the fun with his creative sounds on the key-board and Johnny Kallas as the percussionist. The band has performed throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Montana and as far north as Alaska. Since the CDs release in 1999 their story aired in local news stations and the story was syndicated on ABCs World News.
From left to right Neil, Craig, Terry, Johnny and Rick