Orchard Creek Band is yet another powerhouse bluegrass ensemble to recently emerge from Colorado’s vibrant and vital bluegrass scene.
Though this is the band’s debut outing, the individual members bring a ton of professional experience to their shared endeavor. It’s no slight to Colorado to mention that nearly all the members have musical roots in eastward musical hotbeds such as Nashville, Appalachia and rural Pennsylvania.
Orchard Creek consists of Dave Richardson on vocals and banjo, Keith Murdock on vocals and dobro, Jan Springer on guitar and vocals, Kevin Slick on vocals and mandolin and Roz Weller on upright bass.
Murdock, Springer and Slick mostly handle things in the songwriting department and they do it with flair. Murdock’s “Dyin’ Town” is a somber ode to a once bucolic hometown now blighted with deserted storefronts and weeds growing through the cracks in the sidewalks.
Slick’s “Walk Beside Me” is a mellow romantic celebration enlivened by his and Springer’s fine harmonies and shared lead vocals.
Springer contributes two songs. “Foldin’” is an edgy love-gone-bad lament that features some delightfully inventive lyrics. The real stunner in this collection is her “Walk In The Woods.” This remarkable song is the narrative of someone who watches a cherished companion of many years sink into a fog of dementia while consoling herself with sweet memories from happier times.
Added to the mix is a sparkling Western Swing-flavored instrumental jaunt on Leon McAuliffe’s “Panhandle Rag” and a stirring rendition of Pierce Pettis’s “Tennessee River.”
Orchard Creek’s instrumental prowess is impeccable throughout and the production is bright and clear as a bell.- Bob Allen, Bluegrass Unlimited May 2021
"This debut album by the Orchard Creek Band applies their formidable array of talents to a wide stylistic range
of bluegrass-to-far-ranging-roots. With interesting originals, well-sung over a colorful variety of background
textures, the group cuts its own unique path through the fields of "Americana-grass". - Pete Wernick
"With upbringings ranging from the Alleghenies to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Orchard Creek Band is
sure to take listeners on a creative journey. A metaphorical "Walk In The Woods" and over the divide,
straddling the fine line between their individual musical influences and an honest expression of the sum of
their parts." - Aaron Bibelhauser, host of “Bluegrass Evolution”, WFPK, Louisville, KY
Orchard Creek Band has a distinct “Colorado Sound” where many different musical influences converge and
merge, and have done a nice job of representing the streams of influence from their members. Original songs
are well done with tasteful playing and good singing, and their covers like “Tennessee River” by Pierce Pettis
are exceptional. - Greg Blake, 5 time SPBGMA Guitarist of the Year
Orchard Creek shows a great respect for tradition, and yet have a foot planted firmly in the present with an
eye towards the future. All are solid musicians but the group’s harmony singing is where they truly shine.
Tight and crisp, their voices blend like the aromas of spring, simultaneously earthy and sweet. The cover of
Pierce Pettis’ Tennessee River exhibits the band’s willingness to work outside the bluegrass box. Also shining
on this fine release are the original offerings from Springer, Slick and Murdock. -Neil Smart, KGNU,