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Swift Creek Completing Sophmore Album "Magnolia"

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Swift CreekSwift Creek is completing our second album, Magnolia, featuring original songs by Kevin Brown, guitarist and vocalist for Swift Creek. The band is excited about showcasing some of Kevin's newest and best material and so far, and they love what they are hearing. Swift Creek is recording at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill and Magnolia is being produced by Jerry Brown, acclaimed music producer and musician. The album has an expected street date of March 4th. A sample of what to expect with "Rattle Them Bones" is further down in this article.

Swift Creek recently announced a new addition to the band. Stephen Fraleigh has joined Swift Creek on fiddle, banjo and vocals. Stephen holds the distinction of winning the Champion Bluegrass Fiddler honor at the Galax Old Time Fiddlers' Convention in Virginia not once, but twice. His most recent win was in 2013. Originally from Ohio, Stephen has been a presence on Triangle stages for many years as a member of several bands and has been a session player on more albums than we can mention. He also plays a mean banjo and will be helping us out on both lead and harmony vocals.

Swift Creek’s name pays tribute to the origins of this Americana band, formed six years ago in Central NC. Their highly original songs feature strong traditional and progressive bluegrass influences, a touch of country and a healthy dose of folk. Fine playing supports the band’s signature three-part harmony singing, punctuated with jaw-dropping instrumental solos.

The lineup is Kevin Brown, whose strong tenor leads, rhythm guitar and songwriting frame the band’s sound; Casey Elder, expertly playing the mandolin and dobro as well as adding vocals; bassist Dennis Hoyle setting the beat; Stephen Fraleigh, prize-winning fiddler, also singing and playing banjo; and vocalist Ann Searcy, adding bluesy leads and spot-on harmony singing.

Swift Creek’s debut CD Winner Winner Chicken Dinner was produced at The Rubber Room in Chapel Hill, NC and released in August 2012.

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