We're #1 !Swift Creek is currently ranked as #1 Americana artist for the Raleigh area again this week on Reverbnation. Thank you, fans!!
Swift Creek's next show is Saturday, August 23 at Tir Na Nog in downtown Raleigh. Check our "Shows" page for details.
We're also excited about upcoming performances during IBMA's World of Bluegrass Week, Shakori Hills, The Clayton Shindig and Music at The Streets (Southpoint.)
World of Bluegrass 2014 in Raleigh
Have you purchased your tickets for World of Bluegrass events in downtown Raleigh this Fall? World of Bluegrass is the annual bluegrass music homecoming taking place September 30-October 4. This will be the second year with Raleigh hosting, and last year's event was a huge success. The week features four separate events and hundreds of offerings for every bluegrass professional and music fan. If bluegrass music moves you, come to the conference that moves bluegrass music!
Great Shows at IBMA and Koka Booth!September was an awesome month for Swift Creek with shows at Koka Booth Amphitheatre and IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival! We also thank our Durham friends who came out for shows at The Casbah and Fullsteam Brewery last month! October is quieter, so we invite y'all to come on over to Hillsborough to The Depot at Hillsborough Station on Saturday night, October 26, 8-11PM. It's a great listening room located a short drive from the Triangle in one of NC's most interesting small towns. Find out more at: http://hillsboroughdepot.com/
In case you're missing the happy deluge of Bluegrass that was IBMA, here's a classic from one of our recent shows. This one features our three fine soloists, Casey Elder on mandolin; Dan Smith on guitar; and Ashley Kovacs on fiddle. Enjoy!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlYQDKOyBuk
Swift Creek To Play for ADA GalaOn 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: http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/local-offices/raleigh-north-carolina/
Preamble to the Ramble at World of BluegrassSwift 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. http://www.wideopenbluegrass.com/blue-grass-ramble
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. http://www.wideopenbluegrass.com/ticketed-events
Meet the New Swift Creek!
New Show AnnouncementSwift 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” tour....no 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
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 PinesSwift 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: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1743537&cobrand=boothamphitheatre2012&partner_id=240
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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 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.