Spring Creek Rising

Up in the high lonesome headwaters of the Rockies, Spring Creek is bubbling up a pure stream of the good stuff. I’m talking about the Spring Creek Bluegrass Band, a four-piece outfit that lately has become one of the most talked-about new string bands on the circuit.

Credit the buzz to the band’s performance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the premiere western celebration of pickers and grinners. At last summer’s festival, Spring Creek walked away with the festival’s top award for best band. The next month, the band added yet another trophy to its mantle, winning top honors at the Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Band member Chris Elliot also took home the award for best banjo player at that festival.

While one might legitimately question whether the spirit of bluegrass music isn’t besmirched by the very idea of band contests and awards, that’s the lay of the land these days; and there’s no question why Spring Creek succeeded at both fests. Featuring the honey-sweet vocals of bassist Jessica Smith, the clawhammer whirlwind of banjo picker Chris Elliot, Alex Johnstone on mandolin, and Taylor Sims on guitar, Spring Creek mostly plays music that every bluegrass fan knows. They just do it better than most.

Here’s a few MP3 samples direct from their site:

“High Up inthe Mountains”
“Bowling Green”
“Waterline Blues”
“In the Backwoods” 

The Spring Creek Bluegrass Band will appear live at the Top Hat tonight, Thursday, Feb. 28, at 10 p.m.

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