Orchard Creek Band is a group of committed Colorado musicians - Dave Richardson (banjo), Keith Murdock (Dobro), Jan Springer (guitar) Kevin Slick (mandolin) and Roz Weller (bass). Our confluence came quite naturally. We were enjoying local bluegrass jams in Boulder, CO area where we were impressed by each other's talent. Even though our musical backgrounds are wide and varied, the combination of styles has become a vibrant and diverse bluegrass blend of traditional forms, contemporary and original concepts, gospel touches and a lot of fun.
Dave Richardson brings his fine banjo picking and vocals to Orchard Creek. Dave was born in Jefferson County in Appalachian Ohio and attended high school in Wheeling, WV where he once appeared at the Capital Music Hall. Dave recorded his first record album at Ripon College in Wisconsin with the folk group The Other Half. He then moved to Hawaii where he was a part of the nightly Don Ho Show for five years. Dave also appeared daily on ABC television's The Don Ho Show. He has recorded/performed with Jerry Byrd, Glen Campbell, Jimmy Martin, Chris Hillamn, Dennis Caplinger, Kenny Rogers, and Mel Tillis. Dave now lives in Longmont, Colorado where he continues to write original music, operates his audio video conservancy Compact Recording Systems.
Keith Murdock plays resophonic guitar (aka Dobro), and also writes music and sings lead and harmony vocals. Keith started playing guitar in the early 60's learning Ventures and Dick Dale tunes. Since then, his musical journey has included a degree in music from CU Denver, and stints with the Country Music Association (CMA) in Nashville and Feyline Concerts in Denver. Keith’s credentials include performing with bands in the 70's & 80's, opening for Talking Heads, Huey Lewis, Romantics, and Ramones. His later introduction to bluegrass was through his church, where he was asked to play music for a service and fell in love with bluegrass gospel through the Stanley Brothers, Louvin Brothers, Bill Monroe, and Flatt & Scruggs. Keith is a collector vintage balloon-tire bicycles and sometimes travels to events in a 1956 Chevrolet station wagon.
Jan plays guitar, writes original tunes and sings lead and harmony vocals for Orchard Creek. Jan's bluegrass beginnings were at age 12 where she learned guitar after seeing Bill Monroe at the Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Jan studied classical guitar at the University of Denver where she won several instrumental awards. After many years working as a minister, she returned to bluegrass. Jan teaches at Reunion Guitar Studio in Johnstown.
Kevin Slick plays mandolin and sings in the band as well as providing the group with original songs. He'll tell you that he became a musician the night he saw The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show when he was five years old. Kevin grew up listening to the sounds of AM pop music radio along with the bluegrass and country records his Dad played night and day. Growing up in Pennsylvania he worked in radio and played music full time at diverse locations such as folk club Godfrey Daniels and punk music haven CBGBs. Now living in Louisville, Colorado, he's played bluegrass festivals with The Steel Pennies and The Savage Hearts. His songs were included in "Rise Again" from Hal Leonard Publishing.
Roz grew up in rural Lancaster, Pennsylvania and was introduced to bluegrass at Penn State where she learned upright bass hoping to play bluegrass festivals in the area. At graduate school in Nashville, she moved close to the Station Inn so she could keep up with her bluegrass. Roz is now living in Longmont, Colorado where she covers bass for the regular jams at Front Range Brewery and Grossen Bart Brewery. Roz plays frequently at St. John's, Boulder.