Noteworthy: Coral Creek

coralcreekColorado’s Coral Creek opens a new chapter, releasing and touring in support of a breakthrough album produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth. The self-titled album marks the beginning of a new era for the Colorado-based Americana-country-rock-jamgrass act, as the first release with keyboard player Bill McKay and fiddle player
Luke Bulla.

McKay, best known for his roles with Leftover Salmon and Derek Trucks Band, joins songwriter/guitarist Chris Thompson at center stage, singing leads and contributing to the band’s extensive repertoire of original material.  Nashville fiddler, Luke Bulla, who earned  a Grammy with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, comes to the band via Lyle Lovett Band, Jerry Douglas Band and John Cowan Band.  He is also a distinguished vocalist and songwriter.

The counter-balance to McKay’s fiery piano is the acoustic guitar of singer-songwriter Chris Thompson. Rob Garland on bass and Jack Watson on drums lock down the rhythm section, while Luke Bulla elevates the music with a soaring bluegrass fiddle and high lonesome vocals.

Coral Creek features a diverse catalog of original music spanning the genres of rock, country, bluegrass, Cajun, folk and island music with instrumentation ranging from mandolin and fiddle to congas and steel pan.

The album features new original songs by Chris Thompson and Bill McKay, plus instrumental contributions by Luke Bulla, Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon, Anders Beck of Greensky Bluegrass, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, Tyler Grant of Grant Farm, Arthur Lee Land of Great American Taxi,  Scott Messersmith and Tanya Shylock of the True Blue Band.

1. Way Back
2. Mountain High
3. Get Ready To Fly
4. Cryin Bout My Baby
5. Cage Without A Key
6. Porch Light
7. Ballad of Catherine Lee     8. Rooster & Dawg
9. God Is Pink
10. Comes A Time

Originally published in the September 2016 issue of the MMAC Monthly

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