New Shows Added

We've just added some new shows for Spring and Summer, including a gem of a Bluegrass coffee house in Garner; one of the area's longest running and most popular Music Festivals; a popular Raleigh pub; the annual Celebration of a great nearby town and an outdoor show in a perfect Summer setting.  Check it out on our "Shows" page!

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February 2015 Shows

Now that Valentine's Day is over, does your February social calendar look as bleak as the Arctic tundra? Never fear, Swift Creek has two upcoming shows at two great venues!

On Tuesday, February 24 we'll play the popular "Beer and Banjos" series at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub in Raleigh, NC, hosted by Hank Smith, an amazing banjo player who has played with numerous regional and national bands and won just about every award you can think of.  Of course it's always fun to play at TNN! Our show starts at 7:30. 

On Thursday, February 26, Swift Creek will share the stage with a Triangle Bluegrass legend when we open for Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road at Lorraine's Coffee House and Music in Garner, NC, described as "a place to meet and greet while enjoying the artistry of locally and nationally know musicians." And you never know what other Bluegrass stars will show up at Lorraine's...come and find out!  Swift Creek takes the stage at about 7PM.

See you soon...keep warm!


We're #1!

Swift Creek is currently ranked as #1 Americana artist for the Raleigh area again this week on Reverbnation. Thank you, fans!!

Thanks, Everyone!!

What a great time Swift Creek has had this Summer and Fall! We were happy to participate in shows and festivals at Koka Booth Amphitheater, IBMA's World of Bluegrass, The Arts Center, Peakfest, Streets of Southpoint, The Clayton Shindig, Shakori Hills and Live and Local Bluegrass. We also had the opportunity to play a couple of our favorite downtown Raleigh venues, Tir Na Nog and The Architect Bar and Social Club. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our friends and fans who came out to hear us. We're working on some new music for the next couple of months....can't wait to share it with you!!

Clayton Shindig on October 11th !

We're pumped about playing at The Clayton Shindig on Saturday, October 11 at 11:30! For more information, directions and tickets go to:

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival on October 10th!

Swift Creek will make our first appearance at Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival on Friday, October 10 at 9:30 PM on the Front Porch Acoustic Stage. Come join us for a day, or camp out on their beautiful grounds! Ticket information at:

World of Bluegrass 2014 in Raleigh

World of Bluegrass is the annual bluegrass music homecoming, taking place September 30-October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The week features four separate events and hundreds of offerings for every bluegrass professional and music fan!  For a full schedule, ticket information and information about free events, go to:

Swift Creek will be playing at IBMA! Come hear us  on Wednesday, October 1 at 6PM at Tir Na Nog Irish Pub (, an official venue for World of Bluegrass and The Bluegrass Ramble. Along with Swift Creek, the October 1 lineup at Tir Na Nog features The Lonely Heartstrings Band, New Town, Constant Change, The Danberrys, Compton and Newberry, Mr. Sun and The Grass Cats. Tickets for The Bluegrass Ramble may be purchased at or at the door for $10 (all night ticket.) 


Live and Local Bluegrass on Hillsborough Street

Swift Creek will join headliners Darin and Brooke Aldridge and a host of other talented artists for a family-friendly day of bluegrass and gospel on Sunday, September 28, 2014 in the Hillsborough Street district. This promises to be the perfect kickoff event for IBMA World of Bluegrass activities starting on September 30! Swift Creek will perform a one hour set at 2PM on the main stage in the Logan Court Beer Garden. 

This free event will feature four stages nestled among the oak trees with some of the best in local and national bluegrass and gospel acts from 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The Logan Court Beer Garden will feature craft beers from Raleigh Brewiing Company, including a special Dear Ol' Dixie Pale Ale from Raleigh Brewing Company, an event sponsor. Meanwhile, the Kids Zone will feature bouncy houses and crafts for children of all ages.

Bring your instrument so you can jump into a picking circle or a camping chair so you can sit and enjoy the joyful sounds. 
For more information go to:

Coming up....

Swift Creek Band will perform a free concert on Tuesday, September 23 from 7-9PM at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, 300G East Main Street. The concert is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties and celebrates National Voter Registration Day. The public is welcome!

We're also excited about upcoming performances during IBMA's World of Bluegrass Week (3 performances!), Shakori Hills and The Clayton Shindig. Check our "Shows" page for details on all our upcoming shows.

Swift Creek To Play for ADA Gala

On November 2, Swift Creek is pleased to donate our musical services to the Raleigh Chapter of The American Diabetes Association. The 10th Anniversary Gala is an evening honoring volunteers and raising funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy. For more information go to:

Preamble to the Ramble at World of Bluegrass

Swift Creek will be a part of the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass festivities in Raleigh Sept. 24-28! We're the opener for eight national acts (including the world famous Steep Canyon Rangers!) playing in the Bluegrass Ramble Showcase at the historic Long View Center on Wednesday night. Show time for Swift Creek is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 25th. We're calling our show the "Preamble to the Ramble."

Here's a complete schedule of the showcase artists playing on Wednesday and throughout the week at seven separate venues around Raleigh.
Come for Swift Creek, stay for eight more fantastic Bluegrass and Americana bands! Who knows, maybe Steve Martin or Edie Brickell will show up. ($10 ticket price at the door includes all Wednesday evening artists.)

Be sure to check out all the activities going on during the week at Wide Open Bluegrass as well as a Free Street Festival.

Meet the New Swift Creek!


New Show Announcement

Swift Creek returns to Steel String Brewery in beautiful downtown Carrboro on Friday evening, November 15. Show starts at 8PM and we'll keep the place jumpin' until 11. Did we mention that Steel String produces some of the best craft beer in NC? Here's more information...come on out!
We're extremely pleased that violinist Ashley Kovacs has joined Swift Creek! You gotta have a fiddle in the band....and now we do...Ashley is an amazing musician!  She joins Kevin Brown on rhythm guitar and vocals; Casey Elder on mandolin, dobro and vocals; Dennis Hoyle on bass; Dan Smith on lead guitar and vocals; and Ann Searcy, vocals. New video, photos and website are coming soon.  In the meantime, come to one of our live shows!

Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood....

Much as we'd like to tour the Southeast, Northeast, Europe and The World (!), most of us have day jobs right now. So Swift Creek is doing the next best thing....we're touring North Carolina's awesome Piedmont, including Cary, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Durham, Raleigh and Hillsborough. 

We might call it the “Close To You” relationship to The Carpenters, musically or otherwise. Other possibilities: The Save on Gas Tour?  The NC Food and Brew Tour? Hey, if you can come up with the perfect tour name, we'll buy you dinner!

We'll be playing some of our standards, as well as tracks from our CD, but we've also got some great new tunes for you.  

Here's the tour schedule:

July 27-Pittsboro Roadhouse, Pittsboro

August 10-Carolina Brewery, Pittsboro

August 25-Steel String Brewery, Carrboro

September 4-Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

September 8-Fullsteam Brewery, Durham

September 19-The Casbah, Durham

September 25-Preamble to the Ramble, Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, Downtown Raleigh

October 26-The Depot at Hillsborough Station, Hillsborough

November 2-A very special benefit performance in Raleigh for the American Diabetes Association

For details about each show, click on "Show Schedule" on the menu above. Reserve a date or two and come join us for some Swift Creekin’ fun!

Pickin' in the Pines

Swift Creek will be featured as a headliner for this year's popular "Pickin' in the Pines" series at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC. Join us on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 5:30-8:30 PM.  Besides good music, concert-goers can picnic, enjoy ice cream and other concessions and even bring their pets. (No alcohol allowed, please.) To find out more or purchase tickets in advance, here's the link:

June 14 Show with Kickin' Grass Band

Save the date! Swift Creek will open for the phenomenal Kickin’ Grass Band on June 14 at Raleigh’s Pour House Music Hall. Last year’s winners of the Carolina Music Award for the Best Bluegrass/Americana band, Kickin’ Grass combines inspired song-writing with virtuoso performances. Their latest album, “Walk With Me,” was described by the Raleigh News and Observer as “intimate, inspiring and grand.” You don’t want to miss this show! Buy tickets:

Welcome Dan Smith!

Swift Creek is pleased and proud to announce that Dan Smith has joined us as lead guitarist and vocalist. Dan, who lives in Carrboro, NC, has been a part of the local and regional music scene for more than 30 years, most recently playing with popular rock band,Flatline. He is also an accomplished baroque musician and has played with The Mallarme Chamber Players and The NC Baroque Orchestra. Versatile...yes, indeed! Dan has already amazed us with some crazy good guitar solos and his voice adds significantly to Swift Creek's trademark vocal harmonies. He's also a multi-instrumentalist (like our own Casey Elder), playing bass viol, lute and twelve-string guitar as well as six-string acoustic guitar.  We're working up lots of new tunes, and it's sounding good. Check out our performance schedule for a show near you! 

Swift Creek on Pandora

NEWS!! Swift Creek can now be heard on Pandora Internet Radio, one of the most popular listening options in the USA. Create your own Swift Creek Channel and hear tracks from "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" along with lots of other terrific Americana artists! 

The Best Country Picks

By Jack Bernhardt  News and Observer, Jan. 25, 2013

The Swift Creek band is one of the latest to sprout from the Triangle’s fertile musical soil. The band’s debut CD, “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner,” is an appealing blend of progressive bluegrass and folk songs. Recorded at Chapel Hill’s Rubber Room studio, the album features original material (including the tasty culinary title track) and rarely performed covers from the Steeldrivers, the Decemberists and others……..


Front Porch Music

"This is front porch music, or back deck--wherever you while away the afternoons and want a sound track."-Dawn Baumgartner-Vaughan, The Herald Sun, July 26, 2012

 Read full review of Swift Creek's debut CD in The Herald Sun, Durham NC

Swift Creek Releases Debut CD

Local Americana band, Swift Creek, released their new album "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" on July 14, 2012. The album was recorded at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill, NC and produced by Jerry Brown, highly-regarded area musician and record producer.  The band blends original material and interesting covers for a sound that is both refreshingly new and tenderly traditional.  Songwriters Kevin Brown and Chris Martin of Swift Creek wrote six of the twelve tracks, while Justin Robertson, local musician and friend of the band, contributed another two original songs. Well-chosen covers rounding out the album include a Steeldrivers tune, a honky-tonk number by Richard Julian of The Little Willies, a Decemberists' song and finally, a tribute to country icon Wanda Jackson. 

The album's title track, "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" was recorded around a 70-year old RCA 77 ribbon microphone and sets the tone with a story/song about how to charm the ladies with culinary skills.  Double entendres abound in this Kevin Brown original, but the band's intricate three-part harmonies are no joke.  Vocalist/guitarist Chris Martin takes the lead and is joined by Swift Creek's Casey Elder, who contributes a steamy guitar solo, and guest artist, Pattie Hopkins (Kickin' Grass Band) , who supplies tasty licks on the fiddle.  "All Your Memories" (by Justin Robertson) is driven by Martin's powerful lead vocal and a dueling mandolin/fiddle break; while "Notice" (co-written by Brown and Martin) happily shows off Swift Creek's jam-band side, with guest banjo player, Hugh Moore (Rye Mountain Boys).  Swift Creek's female vocalist, Ann Searcy, lends a hand with "It's Not You It's Me," the Little Willies cover, successfully evoking all that's good about honky-tonk.  The band is given an assist on the track by talented guest Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange) on piano.

Dennis Hoyle, the band's bass player ably anchors every song, with some noteworthy licks on "If It Hadn't Been For Love", a Steeldrivers cover that spotlights Swift Creek's three-party harmony singing to full effect.  Kevin Brown's skills as a songwriter and lead vocalist are evident in "Shoes," a tune that showcases Swift Creek's bluesy side.  "The Raccoon Song," another of Kevin Brown's originals, is a straight-ahead bluegrass romp featuring blistering Bill Monroe-style mandolin playing from Casey Elder. Multi-instrumentalist Elder can be heard all over the CD, contributing guitar, mandolin, dobro and lap steel to the project.

On the gentler side, a trio of original songs on the CD takes listeners down that tree-lined back road that Americana musicians love to travel.  "Beauty Lives" (by Justin Robertson) is letter-perfect lyrically, with it's story of unrequited love borne on a lilting melody by Elder's mandolin,  Martin's harmonica and Hopkins' fiddle.  "On My Way," written and sung with conviction by Martin is a swingy tune about coming home to stay.  "Rock Me Grandpa," penned by Kevin Brown in 1979 and previously recorded by Glenn Yarbrough and The Limeliters, closes the album's Americana journey with a sweet sentimental nod to the past.

July 2012-Vital Records

Swift Creek: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner - Swift Creek