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. Russell's wife Kandis Johnson holds down the bass duties with Diamond Creek. She has been playing since the early 2000's and originally learned from Zac McLamb, one of the music's premier acoustic bass players. Banjoist Lloyd Herring brings decades of performing and recording experience to a Diamond Creek show. A multi-instrumentalist, Lloyd has had stints with The Grass Cats, Don Rigsby and the MIdnight Call and several other local and regional bands. 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 and corporate events, and released their debut CD "Where do I go from here" on New Time Records in the fall of 2015.
From the fertile bluegrass scene of central North Carolina comes Diamond Creek. Now in their seventh year, the band is a combination of old and new in both members and music. Their sound is best 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-three 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
Small Town Band with a Big Time Sound. . . .
Distinctive, Modern yet Traditionally Rooted Bluegrass Music