Diamond Creek plays bluegrass -- traditional bluegrass -- from the music’s pioneers like Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs, The Osborne Brothers and Mac Wiseman. Mixing in favorites from second generation greats like J.D. Crowe and Del McCoury plus a few originals, a Diamond Creek show starts fast and doesn’t let up till everyone has had a heapin’ helping of North Carolina flavored bluegrass.
The band has been around since 2006 but is coming off a recent hiatus and is back performing with some original and new members. A second band for most of them, it’s still a home for them to come back to and play the traditional bluegrass music they love.
Interestingly enough, the majority of the band is now made up of younger pickers and singers. Though they gravitate to songs from the golden era of bluegrass, the vibrancy and spirit of their youth brings freshness to the arrangements and energy to their performances.
A couple of contributing factors to the excitement of a Diamond Creek show is the banjo playing of eighteen year old Mitch Walker and the singing of seventeen year old Emily Kirsch. Both play and sing with confidence and conviction well beyond their years. At twenty three, self-professed “journeyman” guitarist Spencer Mobley has worked with and filled in with bands on mandolin and guitar at a local and regional level for several years. Completing Diamond Creek is husband and wife Russell and Kandis Johnson. Russell is an old hand at the music having played mandolin the last twenty three years, first with New Vintage and with his current band The Grass Cats. His wife Kandis plays upright bass and recently completed a year stint with The String Machine Bluegrass Band.
From Bluegrass Festivals and corporate outings to "Concerts in the Park", street festivals and county fairs, Diamond Creek is a perfect choice for your next entertainment need. Equally comfortable playing for bluegrass fans, entertaining guests at a company picnic, or performing at your next backyard bar-b-que or party, Diamond Creek is on a mission to share the best traditional bluegrass they can with as many folks that will listen.
Asked what interests the band, they reply "Pile-driving five string banjo, thumping upright bass, boom-chick rythm guitar, mandolin with some soul, searing three part harmonies and lead vocals with power and conviction...that's what interests Diamond Creek." Follow the band and find out where they're playing at https://www.facebook.com/DiamondCreekBluegrassBand