"Most of us like the simple, sweet things that Bluegrass music brings to us. Harmonies, down home picking, friends and family gathered around the porch or in the kitchen to entertain and make precious memories.  Such is...Swift Creek's new offering 'Magnolia'. 

Tunes that you know like 'Ashes of Love' and 'Life in the 'Slow' Lane'  (parody) and tunes that you will want to learn and sing along to...originals like 'Broken Bird,' the first song I featured.  I've been spinning several of these tunes on my program 'Muldoon with the Blue Moon', and my listeners are being taken back to memories...sung by authentic sounding Bluegrass folks. 'Bluegrass Hurricane', 'Broken Bird', and a neat little tune called 'Rattle Them Bones'(also) 'The Way', and  the lively 'Wake Me Up To Drive.'  I smile...well, you better be awake when you're driving!  It's (in a word) pure, traditional 'American'.  American Bluegrass, in its charming presentation by Swift Creek, takes you back to the homeplace and those precious porch-picking echoes. God bless Bluegrass and those who pick it. Pick on, Swift Creek! "

Gracie Muldoon-Davis at The WWB  


If you’re looking for a laid-back sound that mixes a lot of influences from bluegrass to blues to a little Americana, North Carolina band Swift Creek might be your ticket......Easily, the most interesting tune on the album is “Rattle Them Bones,” penned by (Kevin) Brown. It has a bluesy rhythm with a touch of storytelling, an effort unique to any album trying to hold onto its bluegrass underpinnings.  Bluegrass Unlimited


This talented bluegrass band shows humorous side of life on their latest project. The album includes a parody of the Eagles “Life In The Fast Lane” as “Life In The Slow Lane” and while that’s fun, it’s the originals from frontman Kevin Brown which are the highlights here including “Bluegrass Hurricane,” “Rattle Them Bones,” “The Levee” and “Wake Me Up To Drive.”​ Roughstock


"Swift Creek’s 'Magnolia' has a nice mix of Bluegrass and Americana, and gives me that real laid back feeling of sitting by the creek smelling Honeysuckle, with a driving banjo, a fiddle and mellow dobro floating across the hills. It’s downright good Bluegrass for folks to enjoy on a spring and summer day on a road trip, with the folks singing along to 'Ashes Of Love.'"  Uncle Billy Dunbar, Country Unplugged 

"Swift Creek’s second album, 'Magnolia' includes seven songs written/co-written by band member, Kevin Brown. The band has developed a bluegrass sound that is well-blended and cohesive. Of particular interest in this group of songs is 'Rattle Them Bones' and 'Bluegrass Hurricane.' Swift Creek concludes the CD with a first-rate version of the familiar 'Ashes Of Love.'  Look forward to hearing more from Swift Creek. Brenda Madden-Country Entertainment U.S.A 

"Swift Creek has released their second album, Magnolia, featuring some outstanding original songs by Kevin Brown, the band’s guitarist and vocalist. Produced by Jerry Brown, Magnolia is a collection of solid bluegrass songs, full of stellar musicianship and satisfying three part harmonies. One of the highlights of the album is the bittersweet “The Levee” (which should come as no surprise, considering the band’s name).  The song is a perfect example of Swift Creek’s instant creation of an atmosphere while telling a story with emotional nuance. Like “The Levee,” several of Swift Creek’s songs illustrate bluegrass music’s unique ability to share truths about rural life. But the tracks aren’t all serious; there’s even a musical cover of The Eagles’ “Life in the Fast Lane” with an all new, humorous, lyric, titled “Life in the Slow Lane.”

....The album is a comfy listen and a good time spent with some impressive artists in touch with (and still growing) their musical roots."

by Greg Victor for

 Listen to a podcast of a radio interview with Kevin Brown, Swift Creek's songwriter, vocalist and guitarist on Radio Rockingham (WLOE, WMYN). Thanks to Mike Moore, host of "Celebrate NC!"  The segment also features several of the songs Kevin wrote for our recently released CD, "Magnolia."  


"Swift Creek....Americana and bluegrass from across a pretty wide spectrum of highly listenable and enjoyable music. Mellow enough to be just right for a Sunday afternoon." Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass Blog September 29, 2014


"....professional and polished...." -Grayson Haver Currin, Indyweek


Enjoy summertime with Swift Creek



July 26, 2012

Swift Creek, a five-member Piedmont band with its own blend of country, folk and rock, has just released its first CD, “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.” They perform live on Aug. 2 at the Blue Note Grill in Durham, and at the Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro Aug. 18.

Recorded and produced by Jerry Brown at the Rubber Room Studio in Chapel Hill, “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” is released by Vital Records. 

Swift Creek is a welcome addition to the Piedmont music scene that grows and invites bands to play unique variations of country, Americana, bluegrass, folk, old time and all those categories that overlap while we tap our feet during Carolina summers. 

Swift Creek is Kevin Brown on guitar, banjo, organ and vocals; Casey Elder on mandolin, dobro, guitar and lap steel; Dennis Hoyle on bass; Chris Martin on guitar, harmonica and vocals; and Ann Searcy, vocals. Brown and Martin wrote half of the 12 tracks. There are a few by band friend Justin Robertson, plus a few covers.

“Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” includes special guests Pattie Hopkins (Kickin Grass) on fiddle, Andrew Marlin on piano and organ, and Hugh Moore (Rye Mountain Boys) on banjo.

“Beauty Lives” by Robertson might just become your favorite song off the album. It’s a nice, relaxing, toe tapping or slow dancing summer song to listen to at sunset. As the lyrics go, “Beauty lives in the summertime; that’s all right by me.”

This is front porch music, or back deck – wherever you while the afternoons away and want a soundtrack. It’ll even work with, well, a chicken dinner and a glass of wine or iced tea.

The title track settles into your mind after the first listen or two, so you’re hearing “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” long after the music’s stopped. No doubt those who have attended Swift Creek’s live shows have the same audio experience, so it’s nice to have a CD on hand now, ready when you are.

Country Picks

The best country pick, Jan. 25-News and Observer, Raleigh, NC

Published: January 24, 2013

By Jack Bernhardt — Correspondent


The Swift Creek band is one of the latest to sprout from the Triangle’s fertile musical soil.  The band’s debut CD, “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner,” is an appealing blend of progressive bluegrass and folk songs.  Recorded at Chapel Hill’s Rubber Room studio, the album features original material (including the tasty culinary title track) and rarely performed covers from the Steeldrivers, the Decemberists and others.