Caney Creek Company
"That it’s familiar is not a bad thing; like a favorite pair of worn jeans or a flannel shirt faded with time, it fits the soul like a comforting blanket of familiarity and authenticity."
- Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times
"Lyricizing the hills of Tennessee, the comfort of holding someone you love, and the ache of death, Caney Creek’s narrative-driven songs offer poignant windows into everyday, ordinary life."
- Laura Childers, City Scope Magazine
"Voices soar and twirl in the air, accompanied by fiddle, banjo and guitar—it's a beautiful and mesmerizing performance."
- Joshua Pickard, Nooga.com
From the beginning, Caney Creek Company has been a story of friendship. The group formed around songwriter Konstantine Vlasis, who turned his fascination with the banjo into a full-fledged band. He recruited Katie and Corey Bradford and Drew Streip, none of whom were bluegrass pickers. Three of them weren’t even playing their primary instrument.
Their first rehearsal started with three songs and no expectations but to have fun. However, it was evident that they had promise. Friends and family convinced them to keep writing songs; soon they had upwards of ten originals. Doug Ford, a longtime family friend, joined the band. Within weeks of buying his first upright bass, he was integral to the group. They learned covers, honed their instrumental chops, and even started thinking about their appearance. Most important: They booked some gigs outside of the living room.
It would be easy to categorize Caney Creek Company as a bluegrass band based on their lineup of traditional instruments. However, their sound continues to progress, often including elements of folk and indie rock with equal frequency. Meanwhile, their approach to songwriting remains true to the storytelling tradition of Americana. It’s a sonic formula that appeals to all generations. Like a wedding vow, the songs will see you through sickness and health, wealth and wanting, some bad times—but especially the good ones.
They brought those good vibes to a series of shows in early 2016. Their breakout performances included the River City Sessions and the 2016 Road to Nightfall contest, where they advanced to the finals and earned an opening spot for The Ballroom Thieves. The experience was eye-opening. They realized how much they loved performing, and also how much more work it would take to meet their growing expectations. Caney Creek Company has also played Riverbend Music Festival and other music festivals and venues across Tennessee.
Entering their second year as a full band, Caney Creek Company is looking forward to a busy fall schedule of rehearsals and performances. They just released a short documentary and are beginning to plan their full-length debut album.
Quickly blazing a name for themselves with their progressive approach to American folk music, Fireside Collective delights listeners with memorable melodies and contemporary songwriting. Formed in the mountain city of Asheville North Carolina, the band plays original songs on stringed instruments, intended for a modern audience. Following the release of their debut album “Shadows and Dreams”, the band hit the road seeking to engage audiences with their energetic live show built on instrumental proficiency, colorful harmonies, and innovative musical arrangements.
Well what do you call it?
“Bluegrass, Newgrass, perhaps Progressive folk…” These are some descriptions mandolinist and songwriter Jesse Iaquinto chooses to identify with. “Depending on where you come from and your experience with folk music, you may think we’re very traditional, or on the other hand, consider us a progressive act. We appreciate both ends of the spectrum and may lie on a different end on any given night.” While roots music lies at the core of the Collective’s songs, a willingness to explore the boundaries and present relevant new material remains fundamental.
The band burst onto the scene in early 2014 following the release of “Shadows and Dreams.” The album weaves bluegrass, funk, rock, and blues influences into a refreshing representation of modern folk music. From the opening track “Poor Soul” with it’s energetic bluegrass overtones to the closer “Shine the Way Home”, the album takes listeners on a journey through simple love songs to complex themes such as metaphysics and coexistence. The album, recorded in Asheville at Sound Temple Studios, features guest musicians from Asheville’s rich acoustic music scene alongside members of the Fireside Collective.
So far in 2016, Fireside has performed over 140 shows throughout 11 states. In July, the band opened for acoustic pioneers the Wood Brothers in Charlotte, NC as well as bluegrass legends Hot Rize in Steamboat Springs, CO. If you revel in the sounds of acoustic instrumentation, enjoy the excitement of energetic live performances, and delight in the creation of original songs, then follow the Fireside Collective as they journey on in their musical endeavors.