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Saturday, September 28 • 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Diamond Creek

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From central North Carolina’s fertile bluegrass scene comes Diamond Creek. Now in their sixth year, the band is a combination of old and new in both members and music. Best-described as distinctive, modern yet traditionally rooted bluegrass, their style has a freshness and energy that translates to songs, arrangements and performances. Much of this spirit and energy comes from 23-year-old Emily Kirsch, whose singing shows confidence and conviction well beyond her years with a powerful delivery that makes any song her own. Guitarist Russell Johnson is a long-time veteran of the music having played mandolin the last 28 years, first with New Vintage and just finishing a 20-year run with North Carolina's Grass Cats. A songwriter of note, he has had over 30 songs land on national bluegrass charts including four number ones with The Grass Cats.  Russell's wife Kandis Johnson holds down the bass duties with Diamond Creek. She has been playing since the early 2000s and originally learned from Zac McLamb, one of the music's premier acoustic bass players. Banjoist Lloyd Herring brings decades of performing and recording experience to a Diamond Creek show. A multi-instrumentalist, Herring has had stints with The Grass Cats, Don Rigsby and the MIdnight Call and several other local and regional bands. Fiddler Stephen Fraleigh rounds out the band providing lead and harmony vocals. A two-time bluegrass fiddle champion at the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention he is a sought after studio and road musician. Winners of the prestigious "Got to be NC" Bluegrass Band competition sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture in 2013, Diamond Creek has gone on to make appearances at bluegrass and street festivals, concerts and corporate events, and released their debut CD, Where Do I Go from Here, on New Time Records in the fall of 2015.


Saturday September 28, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Davie Street Stage 80 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601