In Colorado’s Wild West, Spring Creek has found its niche in the nexus between the strict traditionalist pickers and the free-wheeling jam bands, setting a high standard for dynamic live performances. Spring Creek still adheres to the old-school bluegrass standard for tasteful picking and vocal harmonies, while stretching out to showcase intricate arrangements and unique songwriting. The band flows into each new song, creating the feeling of being airborne that extends the experience into ever-changing new and different directions.
Avoiding many of the clichés that befall young bands, Spring Creek jumped headfirst into success by winning awards and prestigious band competitions early on. They have shared the stage with such legendary performers as Del McCoury and Peter Rowan, as well as younger heroes like Drew Emmitt. Spring Creek has performed at the biggest roots music celebrations across the country including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest and Strawberry Music Festival.
Citing early influences such as Hot Rize and Country Gazette, band members cut their teeth on traditional bluegrass at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, before moving as a band to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Spring Creek’s complex geography of sound is as much shaped by the flatlands of Texas, the wilderness of Alaska, and the high mountain backcountry of Colorado as it is by the songs and musicians who inspired them.
Spring Creek is firmly ensconced in the lively musical community of Lyons, Colorado, a mini vortex of activity and creativity. Founding members Taylor Sims (guitar), Alex Johnstone (mandolin, fiddle) and Chris Elliott (banjo) have recently been joined by Danny Booth on upright bass, also a young veteran of the bluegrass stage. They are currently working on their fourth album with GRAMMY-winning Dobro player Sally Van Meter producing.