Monday, October 31, 2016

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: HAVE YOU MET CASH CREEK?

Cash Creek may be a new name to most, however if you're a concert goin' country music fan, you've seen most of their faces standing behind some of country's biggest names night after night. Cash Creek is simply a group of outstanding musicians, who happen to also be longtime friends, that decided to come together and do their own thing and create a sound that is unique in today's market. When you turn on a song by Cash Creek, you won't hear auto tune, overly produced electronic instrumentation, or anything like that here. What you will hear is simply a perfect blend of genuine God given vocal and instrumental talent from guys who love what they do and are pretty amazing at doing it. They're gonna honestly be able to look right at God at the end of their time and say, "You know what, You gave us this ability and we used it the best we could to give back."

Cash Creek - Left to Right: 
James Blaylock: Drums
 Monty DeVita: Bass,Vocals
Steve Stokes: Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Kimo Forrest: Guitar, Keys, Vocals

Cash Creek started out as Silver Creek in the small "don't blink or you'll miss it" California town of Pope Valley. These longtime friends threw together a band and began playing small events around town and the Pope Valley Farm Center. Before long, the band's name caught the west coast wind and Silver Creek became one of the most requested bands for almost every west coast stage you can think of. Word spread pretty quickly among label and industry reps, phones starting ringing and the buzz was all over Nashville. The guys headed to Music City to do some networking and performing. This was where Silver Creek ended and Cash Creek was born. Two of the members decided it was time to pack up and move east to Music City, one of those members being Kimo Forrest. Kimo made the move and set up his own garage studio and began playing around town, eventually working with artists including John Michael Montgomery, Trace Adkins and his latest gig, guitarist for the legendary supergroup, Alabama. It was while on tour with John Michael Montgomery that he established a friendship with fiddle/mandolin player Steve Stokes, who now is also standing alongside Kimo on stage with Alabama. The music these two created together was something special, a sound quite unlike anything in today's modern country and with the addition of two more of Kimo's close friends and musicians from Pope Valley,  drummer Jim Blaylock and bass player Monty DeVita, Cash Creek was on their way. Since moving to Nashville, Cash Creek has released 3 albums and 5 singles, their latest being "She Got Me" which just went out to radio last week. They were also honored with a nomination for 2016 ICMA Award for Mainstream Country Duo. Unfortunately they did not take home the win, but this is just a stepping stone on the path God set them on and that path only leads to big things. These guys didn't come together by chance, they came together by design.

Connect with Cash Creek online at www.cashcreekband.com and get social with the guys on Twitter at @cashcreek, Facebook and Instagram! Give 'em a chance, trust me, they're worth your time. God willing, this Creek's gonna rise!


- Jennifer Smith
Follow Jenn on Twitter at @lovinlyrics

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