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From the fertile bluegrass scene of central North Carolina comes Diamond Creek. Now in their eighth year, the band is a combination of old and new, in both members and music. Their sound has been described as "distinctive, modern, yet traditionally rooted bluegrass" with a freshness and energy that translates to their songs, arrangements, and performances.
A lot of this spirit and energy is created from the vocals of twenty-four-year-old mandolinist Emily Kirsch. Singing with confidence and conviction well beyond her years - she makes any song her own with her powerful delivery. Guitarist Russell Johnson is a long-time veteran of the music having played mandolin the last twenty-eight years, first with New Vintage and just finishing a twenty-year run with North Carolina's Grass Cats. A songwriter of note, he has had over thirty songs land on national bluegrass charts, including four number ones with The Grass Cats. Banjoist Barney Rogers brings decades of performing and recording experience to a Diamond Creek show. A multi-instrumentalist, Barney recently finished a stint with Travers Chandler & Avery County and is a first-call fill-in musician for the Triangle area of North Carolina. Also a successful songwriter, Barney has had cuts with several national bluegrass bands. Russell's wife, Kandis Johnson, holds down the bass duties with Diamond Creek. A long-time fan of bluegrass, she's been playing bass about 15 years. Fiddler Stephen Fraleigh rounds out the band, providing lead and harmony vocals. A two-time bluegrass fiddle champion at the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention, he is a sought after studio and road musician.
Winners of the prestigious "Got to be NC" Bluegrass Band competition sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture in 2013, they have gone on to make appearances at bluegrass and street festivals, concerts, corporate functions, and private events. They released their debut CD "Where do I go from here" on New Time Records in the fall of 2015.
We're a little slow on the uptake here but how about Diamond Creek banjo player Barney Rogers' song "Gonna Rise and Shine" winning the IBMA Gospel Recorded Event of the Year this past October 1st! The number one song dominated gospel charts for over two years. Also his tune "Heaven's Most Wanted List" by the King James Boys has been a number one gospel tune and still going strong on the charts. Congratulations, Barney!
Every few years a band comes along with something different, a passionate and vibrant sound that makes you take notice. It may be the picking, the singing, the songs, or sometimes a combination of all of these, but something is different. Meet the difference. Meet Diamond Creek.
From Bluegrass festivals and corporate outings to "Concerts in the Park", street festivals, county fairs, and private events, 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, Diamond Creek will entertain.
IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh • Pinecone - Celebration of Bluegrass - Cary • Lil’ John’s Mountain Music Festival - Snow Camp Pickin’ in the Pines at Koka Booth Amphitheater - Cary • Benson Mule Days • White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella • Angier Crepe Myrtle Festival • Southern Bank - Raleigh • Williams & Mullen Law Firm - Raleigh Colonial Church - Cary • Rocky Mount Farmer’s Market • Carolina Preserve at Amberly - Cary • Mac’s Tavern - Cary • Lorraine’s Coffee House - Garner • Shenanigan’s Taproom - Benson
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