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December 4 Show at Lorraine's Coffee House and Music

Who doesn't love a place that's all about the music, complete with baristas serving great coffee and other delectables?!  Friday, December 4 takes us back to Lorraine's in Garner for a show that will feature songs from our upcoming 2nd CD, along with some other good 'uns. We'll take the stage from 7:30 'til 9:30. Tickets are $5 at the door or in advance at Ticket River. 

We're #1

Thank you, fans, for making Swift Creek the #1 Americana artist for our area again this week! 

Great fun playing at IBMA this year!

Swift Creek Welcomes Stephen Fraleigh

Swift Creek is very pleased to announce a new addition to the band.  Stephen Fraleigh  has joined us on fiddle, banjo and vocals, and we couldn't be happier!
Stephen holds the distinction of winning the Champion Bluegrass Fiddler honor at the  Galax Old Time Fiddlers' Convention in Virginia not once, but twice. His most recent win was in 2013. Originally from Ohio, Stephen has been a presence on Triangle stages for many years as a member of several bands and has been a session player on more albums than we can mention. He also plays a mean banjo and will be helping us out on both lead and harmony vocals. 
We bid a fond farewell to Ashley Kovacs, a fine fiddler, who is leaving us to devote more time to being a Mom and working as strings instructor at Cardinal Gibbons High School.

Pour House Show with The Gravy Boys and Nasty Habits!

Join us for a "Triple Play" at The Pour House in downtown Raleigh on Friday, November 13!  Nasty Habits, will kick it off at 8:30 with their great outlaw country and honky tonk sound, followed by Swift Creek at 9:30.  The fabulous Gravy Boys will take the stage at 10:30 with their very unique brand of passionate vocal and instrumental showmanship. Y'all don't want to miss this one. Get your tickets now!

Coming up for Swift Creek....

IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2015 is over. Thanks to the many folks who worked around the clock to bring the Festival inside, making it a huge success despite weather and space challenges. What a week!  We played three shows and heard amazing musicians and bands from around the world. Can't wait 'til next year!

More Fall Shows!!  On Saturday, October 24 we are proud to support the   Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk  in Durham with a show following a short walk in Rock Quarry Park. This nationwide event has been very successful in raising both funds and awareness, so sign up for one of teams listed on the website or form your own team!

Then on Friday, October 30, a very special show and our first one at Mac's Tavern in Cary.  We love Cary...heck, three of us live or work there!  Mac's is a favorite neighborhood tavern/restaurant in central Cary which has featured local and regional bands for many years.  If you haven't discovered them yet, now's the time!

World of Bluegrass, Sept. 29-Oct. 3

The excitement is building! Starting this week, Raleigh and the Triangle become the center of the Bluegrass Universe for the third straight year. 

The International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA)  World of Bluegrass  will take over downtown Raleigh from September 29-October 3, with both ticketed and free events. Swift Creek will open The Bluegrass Ramble on Wednesday, September 30 at 6PM at Tir Na Nog, an official Bluegrass Ramble venues, and the only venue where you can enjoy delicious food and craft beer!  Following us, these seven amazing bands play hourly beginning at 7PM: Blue Mafia, Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle, Donna Hughes, The Missy Werner Band, Wood and Wire, The Railsplitters, and Jim Hurst.  For the complete schedule for all events go to World of Bluegrass official schedule.

Swift Creek will also be a featured band for Bluegrass After Hours, an IBMA and Downtown Raleigh Alliance sponsored event in selected downtown clubs. We'll play a free show at about 11:30 on Friday, October 2 at  King's Barcade  immediately following the Alison Krauss and Union Station show at Red Hat Amphitheatre. Get your tickets to the  Bluegrass Ramble  and other World of Bluegrass events now!

*****A big "Thank You" to Mike Krogh for our new photo above, taken at the Hillsborough Street Live and Local Bluegrass Festival on September 27! Check out Mike's amazing photography at

Beer and Banjos on August 25!

New show added...Friday, Aug. 14!

We're delighted to return to Tir Na Nog Irish Pub for "Beer and Banjos" sponsored by the Pub, Raleigh Brewing and Younger Brother Productions. Beer and Banjos is hosted by banjo player extraordinaire, Hank Smith. Join us on Tuesday, August 25, 7:30 until 10:30!

Apex Music in the Park-July 18!

Held at the spacious new Nature Park Amphitheatre in Apex, the evening offers a chance to hear Swift Creek in one of the area's newest outdoor settings. Load up the kids, lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner and show up early for great seats! Music starts at 7 and wraps up at 9PM. Website: Apex Nature Park Music Series

We're "Pickin' in the Plaza this Thursday, June 18!

Lorraine's Coffee House and Music in Garner is owned and operated by "The Lady of Tradition," Lorraine Jordan of Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, a band that continues to receive many accolades in the Bluegrass world. Lorraine's is attracting outstanding talent and traditional music fans from all over the area. It's a perfect listening room with delicious coffee, sandwiches and sweet treats to go along!

More good news! Stephen Fraleigh, two-time Bluegrass Fiddle Champion at the Galax Fiddler's Convention (most recent win in 2013) will be joining Swift Creek for this show. So come on out on Thursday, July 2 from 7:30 until 9:30! 

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:

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!!

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.) 


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.

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:

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.

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:

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!

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!

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!

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:

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:

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! 

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

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