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.

We're #1 !

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

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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:

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!!

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! 

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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. 

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