banjo stylist Julie Elkins has decades of performing and recording experience. Diamond Creek calls on some of North Carolina's best fiddlers to fill out their sound. This season they are pleased to have Jack Deveraux on fiddle. Completing the band is husband and wife Russell and Kandis Johnson. Russell is 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 chart on national bluegrass charts including four number ones with The Grass Cats.
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 sixth 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-two year old Emily Kirsch. Singing with confidence and conviction well beyond her years - she makes any song her own with her powerful delivery. Guitarist Spencer Mobley has worked with and filled in with bands on mandolin and guitar at a local and regional level for several years while
Small Town Band with a Big Time Sound. . . .
Distinctive, Modern yet Traditionally Rooted Bluegrass Music