Fox Theatre in photos

I have been to so many wonderful shows at the Fox Theatre. In Celebration of their 25th birthday in March I am heading to the archives to feature some of the rich history of amazing music I have seen at the fox over the last 10 years.  Below is just a taste of what is to come.  Enjoy.

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Rising Appalachia headline the Fox Theatre tonight in Boulder supported by The Brothers Comatose

Sisters Leah and Chloe of Rising Appalachia perform at Red Rocks earlier this year.

Sisters Leah and Chloe of Rising Appalachia perform at Red Rocks earlier this year.

I am excited that one of my favorite bands, Rising Appalacha are headlining the Fox Theatre in Boulder this eve.  The beautiful harmonies of sisters Leah and Chloe are a joy to hear.   Joined their band, percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown, Rising Appalachia brings a folk sound as unique as the wind.

From the bands recent press release, “Rising Appalachia brings to the stage aerra_rr_2016-7 collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.”

This will be the third time this year that I get the opportunity to enjoy the harmonies of Rising Appalachia.  The first time this year I caught the band warming up for Elephant Revival at Red Rocks.  Next the band was featured at ARISE Music Festival outside of Fort Collins.

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The Fox Theatre will actually be most intimate setting I have seen Leah and Chloe perform this year.  The band has had a strong upbringing and rich history of performing in many situations including busking on the streets of New Orleans.  “Proudly born and raised in the concrete jungle of Atlanta, Georgia, sharpening their instincts in the mountains of Appalachia, and fine tuning their soul on the streets of New Orleans they have crafted a 6-album career from the dusts of their passion.

Arrive early to enjoy the sounds of The Brothers Comatose.  This will be my first opportunity to check out what seems to be a very fun band.

I am really looking forward to continuing to celebrate Rising Appalachia’s sound, the Cubs win and escaping the election news for tonight’s performance.

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Colorado’s premier music festival ARISE set for Friday with Ziggy Marley, Hard Working Americans, Jurassic 5 and many, many more

Just an hour from Denver, 45 minutes from Boulder, 25 minutes from Fort Collins, and 15 minutes from Loveland, ARISE Music Festival is easily accessible to Colorado’s Front Range. When you are driving or riding towards the ARISE festival grounds in the foothills outside of Loveland, Colorado you are immediately taken aback by the amazing beauty of the Colorado foothills. Follow the signs and directions and suddenly the 100 acre festival grounds at Sunrise Ranch are revealed. Here you will find a festival cradled in the majestic foothills of the Rocky Mountains and next to the Green Ridge Glade Reservoir. Sunrise Ranch has stewarded this beautiful land as a sustainable ranch and working organic farm for more than 70 years without pesticides ever touching the soil. Red sandstone, pine-covered hills and the surrounding Roosevelt National Forest are all a beautiful backdrop for this amazing event.

It does not take long to realize that the ARISE is much more than a musically diverse festival 3 day festival. In addition toFeaturing 7 stages of live music, ARISE offers yoga, workshops, theme camps, art gallery & installations, children’s village, speakers, films and camping on 100 beautiful mountain valley acres of Colorado ranch land.

This year the ARISE Music Festival has it’s most ambitious line-up to date. Featuring over 200 scheduled performances the festival highlights a diverse lineup of musical performances that spans hip-hop, reggae, bluegrass, rock, jam bands and improvisational acts from around the country. When you are at ARISE you are part of a community, where you can find something to please every festivarian.

The 2016 ARISE will feature a number of national and internationally renowned artists including Ziggy Marley, Jurassic 5, Papadosio, Hard Working Americans, Wildlight, The New Mastersounds, Del the Funky Homosapian, Phutureprimitive, Jeff Austin Band (formerly of YMSB), The Travelin’ McCourys, Fortunate Youth, Everyone Orchestra, Dirtwire (featuring members of Beats Antique & Hamsa Lila) and Bridget & Bonnie (of Elephant Revival) and many more.
Widely regarded as “Colorado’s best music festival” — ARISE has grown steadily since it’s 2013 inception, annually ushering thousands of avid festival-goers from around the state and around the country for three days of music, camping, and holistically-minded inter-active programming.


See Rising Appalachia at this year’s festival.

Rated as one of the “Top 7 Next-Gen Festivals” in North America by Buzzfeed, the independent ARISE Music Festival features international and national touring headliners, regional acts, as well as Colorado’s best up-and-coming performers. Additionally, each year the event plays host to a variety of dynamic presentations which include some of the nation’s top yoga instructors, activism-thought leaders and workshop presenters.

Attendees can expect to be wowed by the spectacular visual performance of Transition Theater and inspired to action by prominent, globally-recognized environmental activists, including Julia Butterfly Hill and Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Josh Fox. ARISE uniquely fulfills the mission of the festival: to promote ecological “thrive-ability” and connection through uplifting art, entertainment, and activism.

Known for its “Global Cooling Initiatives,” such as planting a tree with every ticket sold, the festival goes to great lengths to encourage attendees to practice eco-mindfulness through a number of “thrive-ability” practices. ARISE Music Festival provides water for free and plastic water bottles are not sold onsite; instead attendees are advised to bring re-usables. Additionally, in symphony with the festival’s progressive composting and recycling programs provided by ZeroHero, ARISE requires all vendors to serve their assortment of food and beverages using only compostable products provided by festival sponsor, EcoProducts. Truly a leave-no-trace event, ARISE is celebrated for it’s cleanliness and participant cooperation.

A special event for families of all sizes, children 12 and under are FREE and half price Youth Tickets for 13-17 year olds are also available. A range of general ticketing, family camping, and VIP packages for the ARISE Music Festival are available on the official website at For more information about the event and all of its unique programming options, check out all of the ARISE social channels at, and at

NewAtAriseNew this year, ARISE has set up the Oasis Express. The Oasis Express shower installations are beautifully artistic, full-service showering facilities. Inspiring outdoor, yet private environments are created with custom tension fabric. Each trailer features 12 open-air hand crafted cedar shower stalls, 2 dressing rooms, and a 3-sink grooming station. Oasis Express offers complimentary Dr. Bronner’s soap and body care products as well as towel service and the showers are incredibly water-efficient with environmentally conscious greywater management strategies. The Oasis provides a unique and sacred environment that inspires well being, transformation, and social interaction.

At this point, if you don’t already have tickets for this three day festival adventure, our recommendation is that you get them now. Ticket prices for ARISE will increase on August 1st. So don’t miss out, grab your tickets today! We will see you at the festival!

Photos From ARISE 2015

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Lyons’ RockyGrass Academy cultivates ‘a living tradition’

Steve Cody and his daughter Maddie Cody, 11, rehearse together along the North St. Vrain River during the RockyGrass Academy in Lyons on Tuesday. See more photos at (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

Steve Cody and his daughter Maddie Cody, 11, rehearse together along the North St. Vrain River during the RockyGrass Academy in Lyons on Tuesday. See more photos at (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

It was the second day of school Tuesday morning for 238 adults and 36 kids admitted by lottery to the sold-out, four-day RockyGrass Academy at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons.

The lucky students left their campgrounds carrying mandolins, banjos, guitars, fiddles, basses and dobros across slightly muddy fields, heading to class under large tarps set up along the St. Vrain River.

In its 21st year, the school is held each summer prior to the RockyGrass music festival, which begins Friday.

The popular academy attracted 370 applicants from 35 states and several foreign countries, from which 274 students were selected. Approximately 70 percent of them are from Colorado.

Students receive daily instruction in playing music, building an instrument, singing or songwriting, and also choose from an array of electives such as Clogging, Slapping the Bass, Pete Seeger Tunes and Techniques, Intro to Clawhammer, or Guitar Thievery in Songwriting.

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Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band to play the Boulder Theater tonight


Josh Ritter performs at Red Rocks, May 2016.

Tonight Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band will play the Boulder Theater.  Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums, including his most recent, 2013’s The Beast In Its Tracks, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The record also received widespread critical praise—NPR Music called it, “…gorgeous and glorious,” while Pitchfork asserted, “Beast is contemplative and forgiving, a means of burying one relationship to commit to another, and Ritter nicely evokes the excitement and resignation of such a transition.” Additionally, in 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”


Here are some photos from Josh Ritter’s performance at Red Rocks earlier this year:

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For more information, visit Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band’s website at:

If you go:

Where: Boulder Theater
July 12th, 2016
oors: 7:00 pm | Show: 8:00 pm
Tickets $25 GA or $35 Reserved


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Coral Creek gets the crowd jumping at the Oriental Theater warming up for the John Kadlecik Band

By C. Alan Crandall
CoralCreekOriental-7I headed out to see Coral Creek and the John Kadlecik Band perform at the Oriental Theater, thinking that it was a cool and interesting to have a Colorado favorite Bluegrass band warm up for the heady jams of John Kadlecik.  “Wouldn’t a rock band or a Grateful Dead cover band be better as an opening act?” I thought.  Well I am pleased to say I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Coral Creek’s music is described on their Facebook page as a “Rocky Mountain Bluegrass & Americana Music from the Colorado Front Range, featuring original songs by Chris Thompson, Luke Bulla & Bill McKay and unique renditions of traditional bluegrass tunes and Americana classics by The Band, Grateful Dead, Peter Rowan, Bill Monroe and more…”  Coral Creek is that and more an I think they have found a winning combination. 

Coral Creek at the Oriental Theater, April 27, 2016

Coral Creek at the Oriental Theater, April 27, 2016

Fronted by the guitar and vocals of Chris Thompson and featuring the vocals and keys of Bill McKay, of Leftover Salmon fame, Coral Creek had the crowd jumping from their very first note.  Performing long jams like “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and “Ramble On Rose” the band was a great choice and very entertaining for this concert. Bill McKay is a perfect fit for Coral Creek, his vocals and hard driving keys contribute to the sound in a way that makes you feel he has been playing with Chris, Rob and Jack for years.  A special treat for the Oriental Theater shows was Nathan Peoples filling in for Luke Bulla on fiddle with his saxophone. His type of “fiddle” playing  filled the room with hard driving solos that meshed with the bluegrass/ jam band sound perfectly.

I am sold, I will catch Coral Creek any chance I get, they are a solid band with a fantastic sound that will have you moving to their grove from the very first note. For more info visit

Our friends over at had a chance to chat with Coral Creek, here’s a glimpse:

From touring on a yacht in the Virgin Islands, procuring a dingy to get to their gigs, and fighting storms with ‘Captain Dave, Coral Creek is spreading the good vibes of their new self-titled album. Coral Creek played Cervantes Other Side’s three year anniversary party of the Grass For That Ass Bluegrass Thursdays. Coral Creek consists of Chris Thompson on lead guitar, Bill McKay (formerly of Leftover Salmon) on keys, Rob Garland on bass, Jack Watson on drums, and filling in tonight for Luke Bulla (of Lyle Lovett Band) is Nathan Peoples on the “saxophone fiddle.”  Read More…

Upcoming Coral Creek shows:
June 4th : Capitol Hill People’s Fair, Denver, CO
June 12th : Taste of Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO
June 25th: Clear Creek Rapid Grass: Idaho Springs, CO
June 30th: Thursdays on Frist & Third: Rochester, MN
July 8th : Summer of Love Fest, Kent, UK
July6-24: UK Tour
July 29th: the BEACH: Buena Vista, CO
Aug 3rd: Beaver Creek Resort: Avon, CO
Aug 5th: Parfet Park: Golden, CO
Aug 19th: Yarmony Grass: Rancho Del Rio
Sep 2nd : Four Corners Folk Festival: Pagosa Springs, CO

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Check out this short grab of “Ramble On Rose” from the Oriental Theater show.

@CORAL_CREEK at the @OrientalTheater

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And “Dear Mr. Fantasy”

@CORAL_CREEK at the @OrientalTheater

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So as you can see, if you have the opportunity, you should catch a Coral Creek show!

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Nederland’s Elephant Revival to headline at Red Rocks joined by Josh Ritter, Rising Applachia and special guest ‘The Human Experience’ on Sunday

ER_BT_2014_600By C. Alan Crandall/ previously published at

ER-RedRocks-2016-FinalPoster-wTHX-webThis Sunday, Elephant Revival will return to Red Rocks Amphitheater for an early show. Arguably one of the most famous bands out of Nederland, Colorado, Elephant Revival’s style of acoustic progressive, indie, Americana music delights audiences from coast to coast. In its tenth 10th and fresh off of their sixth album release, named “Petals,” the band has found success in the festival circuit that they have embraced since their inception.

The quintet is formed by members Bonnie Paine, Bridget Law, Charlie Rose, Dango Rose and Daniel Rodriguez and say their mission is “to close the gap of separation between us through the eternal revelry of song and dance.”

From the band’s website: “Elephant Revival has toured extensively since their inception, garnering a large and loyal fanbase. The band headlines major venues and has performed at over 30 festivals each year, including Newport Folk Fest, Bumbershoot, Telluride Bluegrass, High Sierra, All Good and many more. On May 22, Elephant Revival will headline the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, in their home state of Colorado, for the first time.”

Check out Elephant Revival’s visit to Second Story Garage here.

Joining Elephant Revival at Red Rocks is Rising Appalachia, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band and The Human Experience with David Block.

Chloe Smith

Chloe Smith

Leah Smith

Leah Smith

Rising Appalachia, also with six albums to their credit, is formed by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith from Atlanta, Georgia, and joined by their band, including members Biko Casini and David Brown. Rising Appalachia “is a melting pot of folk music simplicity, textured songwriting, and those bloodline harmonies that only siblings can pull off,” says their website. After spending time in the Appalachia mountains and then moving to New Orleans, the sisters honed their harmonies and musical stylings into an entertaining, captivating performance.

Originating out of Moscow, Idaho, Josh Ritter will be joined by Zack Hickman, Sam Kassirer, Josh Kaufman and Liam Hurley, performing their strong flavor of indie folk-rock.

Kicking off the show on Sunday, and performing between sets, are the unique offerings of The Human Experience with David Block. This musical experience encourages participants to “sing, dance, play, don’t take life too seriously and to create, collaborate, share and learn,” says the band’s Facebook page.

Sunday is an early show. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and everything will be rapped up by 10 p.m., according to the Facebook event page. Billed as a family-friendly event, with many opportunities to enjoy the surroundings that is the Red Rocks Amphitheater, this is an event not to miss.

If you Go:

Ages: All Ages
Doors Open: 4:30 p.m.
Price: $40-$45
Door Price: $45-$50
Music starts at 5 p.m. and will be done by 10 p.m.


The Human Experience with David Block.

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Coral Creek Performs With John Kadlecik Band at the Oriental Theater Friday

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Courtesy of Coral Creek

Friday, April 29th marks a moment for Dead Heads and JamGrass fans alike as Colorado’s Americana supergroup, Coral Creek, strums main support for the John Kadlecik Band at the Oriental Theater. Kadlecik is known for his involvement with Further, Phil Lesh & Friends, as well as his own project, Dark Star Orchestra. Quickly gaining traction in the circuit, Coral Creek has announced a number of festival slots for the summer and recently released their debut album.

Led by founding member and chief songwriter, Chris Thompson, Coral Creek seizes center stage with beautifully written compositions and storylines reminiscent of John Prine and Robert Hunter. Previously produced by Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, Thompson’s playing is stylistically blazing new trails inspired by guitar heroes Jerry Garcia and Tony Rice. Coral Creek is a Colorado band with members deeply rooted in the jam grass bluegrass sound.  The Coral Creek band members are Chris Thompson (guitar/vocals), Bill McKay (keyboard/vocals), Rob Garland (bass) and Jack Watson (drums). Read more about Coral Creek here.


Image by C. Alan Crandall, poster design by John Kadlecik.

John Kadlecik will bring his new band back to Colorado for the second time this month, after performing at the Belly Up in Aspen on April 13th.
Kadlecik, who last toured through the area as a solo act has assembled a group of musicians that are certain to get your body in motion.  The John Kadlecik Band features Klyph Black on bass and vocals, Nathan Graham on drums, Waynard Scheller on keys.

Kadlecik, has spent much time with his bands and projects on the eastern seaboard, so many fans are delighted to see him bring another group of musicians out west to share in the music that he once described as “Grateful Dead stuff, his stuff and quirky fun stuff.”  In fact in previous Denver-Boulder visits he has taken request from the audience.

Kadlecik starts this leg of his Colorado shows Thursday at Hodi’s Half Note, in Fort Collins, continuing on to the Oriental Theater on Friday eve, and then, for the first time ever, with any of his projects, performing at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on Saturday, April 30th.  Having followed John Kadlecik’s various projects from the Dark Star Orchestra days, and being delighted and entertained with every one of his visits to Colorado I am very excited for a new set of shows with the new group.  Kadlecik’s Colorado fans have learned that with ticket prices starting at $17 – $20, any of his performances provide the best entertainment for the money.  I will see you at the shows.

If you have not seen the new John Kadlecik Band, check out this video from last November in New Haven, CT. ~ How Sweet it Is…

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FoCoMX 8 offers new and innovative programming, continues to grow

focomx16_600Fort Collins, CO (4/4/16) – FoCoMX 2016 is incorporating several new features this year
including a comedy lineup and FoCoMX preevents at The Ramskeller and Zwei Brewing.
Presented by the Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA) and sponsored by Odell
Brewing Co., the 8th annual FoCoMX weekend boasts over 250 Colorado bands and solo
musicians at 25 Downtown Fort Collins venues.
Youth programming and student involvement is featured this year with Kids Programming at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, youth performances throughout the lineup and an extensive partnership with Colorado State University. Mr. Marty ( ), 15-year-oldMaya Bennet and Linneage Music Project ( ) are some of the favorites in the youth lineup. FoCoMX has teamed up with an honors class at CSU to mentor students in a reallife
marketing project to market a CSU Ramskeller preevent, as well as working with Rocky Mountain Student Media to shoot archival video and execute cross platform coverage of the event to provide real world event experiences.  The free live music event will be located in the newly remodeled and ever popular Lory Student Center’s “Ramskeller” on Friday, April 15 and will feature two Colorado State University alumni bands, WriteMinded
and Slow Caves from 36pm.
“Mentoring students is a key part of growing the next generation of Fort Collins music lovers. We are able to do this by booking youth bands, including programming for younger audiences, as well as working with CSU on events and marketing campaigns.” Peggy
Lyle, FoCoMA Board of Directors.
Zwei Brewing will also host a second FoCoMX pre-event on Saturday, April 16 from 36pm
featuring Fort Collins’ favorites Post Paradise Duo and Tallgrass.  This is the only venue not located in the Fort Collins Downtown area. “We would love to expand to more venues outside of the downtown area as the festival grows; Zwei Brewery reached out to us and we thought it would be a great opportunity to partner with a south venue and promote the FoCoMX weekend,” explained Greta Cornett, President of Fort Collins Musician Association (FoCoMA).
FoCoMX 2016 also features comedy acts from local comedians between sets at several
venues. “We are extremely proud to add comedy to our FoCoMX festivities this year! We are happy to showcase another talented genre of performers in our community and feel they will bring a unique element of excitement to the festival,” said Cornett.

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Coral Creek & members of DeadPhish Orchestra with Zach Daniels performing “Pickin on Phish” tonight at Cervantes’ Other Side

ccff46cf-7c90-403e-883d-e02c6373f598Led by founding member and chief songwriter, Chris Thompson, Coral Creek seizes center stage with beautifully written compositions and storylines reminiscent of John Prine and Robert Hunter. Previously produced by Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, Thompson’s playing is stylistically blazing new trails inspired by guitar heroes Jerry Garcia and Tony Rice.

A well rounded album from start to finish, Coral Creek features some of the most impressive performers in the bluegrass circuit, both in studio and out — including Executive Producer, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth.

The album debuted at #3 on the Relix/ Radio Chart in December 2015, along with the String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic and Lettuce. The album is listed in the Top 20 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Americana Country Chart and Top 100 on the Americana Music Association (AMA) Radio Chart.

Coral Creek Tour Dates

APR 14 – Denver, CO – Cervantes Other Side
APR 16 – Georgetown, CO – Loveland Ski Resort
APR 30 – Keystone, CO – Arapahoe Basin Ski Lodge
JUN 30 – Rochester, MN – Thursdays on First & Third
AUG 19 – Rancho Del Rio, CO – Yarmony Grass
SEP 02 – Pagosa Springs, CO – Four Corners Folk Festival
Prodigious Keyboard player, Bill McKay, contributes to the group’s extensive repertoire of original material by writing and singing lead vocals and playing piano and organ tracks.

McKay, known for his pivotal role in Leftover Salmon, led the group through their largest tours and greatest performances. A master of the instrument, his influence is heard throughout the album, a tasty reminder of the days when he toured with The Derek Trucks Band.

82ec3424-53bb-43b1-9235-0c54eb93daabCoral Creek also features Nashville’s Grammy Award Winning fiddle player and National Fiddle Champion, Luke Bulla to sharpen the sound. Earning his Grammy Award with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, this dynamic player is also a distinguished vocalist and songwriter.

In addition to his work with Skaggs, Bulla has made a name for himself touring with Lyle Lovett as a singer and violinist. Bulla has also proven his worth by recording and performing live with American resonator guitar and lap steel player, Jerry Douglas. A well-known performer and record producer, Douglas has developed some of the largest names around.

Bulla’s live performances have solidified his bluegrass credentials including a stint as a member of the Telluride House Band, playing alongside ‘Newgrass’ pioneer, Sam Bush. Though his stage presence is a phenomenal sight to see, one cannot overlook the beauty in his studio recordings. Produced by flattop guitar superstar, Bryan Sutton, Bulla’s debut solo album is country-bluegrass at its finest. A man well-versed in collaboration, this violin virtuoso has also worked with the captivating vocalist John Cowan as well as country music star, Lee Ann Womack.e3d1d324-9316-4a72-84f7-62424291d049

With a guest list that reads like a who’s who list of improvisational jam music, Coral Creek features a number of additional guest appearances including Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), Tyler Grant (Grant Farm), Arthur Lee Land (Great American Taxi), Scott Messersmith (The Motet) and female vocalist Tayna Shylock (Mountain of Venus) just to name a few.

However, what is most remarkable about Coral Creek is the subtle use of top talent, without instrumental overindulgence or hype. Instead, the song-oriented album has a relaxed and steady feel, bringing the listener on a comfortable journey, while traversing many styles of music.

3dffe283-c8c3-4e05-b1e9-601cd701035eWhile the album sits squarely in the Americana category, Coral Creek live performances transport audiences from the beaches of the Caribbean, down to the bayou and back up high into the Colorado Rockies – with instrumentation ranging from mandolin and fiddle to congas and steel pan.

With a grassroots buzz that is undeniable, the band had a successful soft release of the album in the fall of 2015. This prompted a large Colorado mountain tour and a number of festival dates including the prestigious Four Corners Folk Festival, Yarmonygrass Music Festival, and a number of gigs yet to be announced.

For more information about Coral Creek or their self-titled national release, check out their official website at .


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