Fall Creek String Band (Clairvoyant Brewing) – 4/7/18

The specter of local music at a brewery on a nice afternoon sucks me in yet again.

It is no surprise that I am a sucker for local musicians playing sets at local breweries, and I’m glad my friend invited me to join in on this evening.  Fall Creek String Band, a local bluegrass/country quartet, played in the small brewing area at Clairvoyant Brewing for over 3 ½ hours, with three short breaks mixed in.  They have a polished yet rugged sound, and played a nice mix of covers, standards, and original material.

Lead singer/ acoustic guitarist Corey and his friend Tyler (mandolin) have been playing together for several years, and recently they included Chad on the upright bass and Scotty on the fiddle/mandolin.  When I spoke with Corey he mentioned that he finally feels that he has the right group of guys and that they are working to get an album recorded and released before the end of the year.  He also mentioned that they had played during Treefort, a show that I missed.  They are playing live as much as they can as they continue to get comfortable as a band.

The group I was with all enjoyed them and thought they sounded great.  I found them to be equally at home with ballads and rousing stomp-your-feet jams.  Also, towards the end of their performance Scotty busted out a mandolin and we were treated to a few songs with double mandolin – a first for me.  Scotty is a very competent fiddle player, but he was great on mandolin.  He clearly was having a blast with these guys who are considerably younger than he is.

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My favorite original that I remember was one of the last songs they did, which is a rousing song lamenting the advent of self-driving technology and its inevitable impact on the trucking industry.  They invited the crowd to a call-and-answer shout-along, and many of us indulged.  “Get those robot truckers off the road – Off The Road!”  Good times had by all, go see these guys when you have a chance – coming to a bar or brewery near you.

Among the covers that they played, here were some highlights:

Two Hank Williams songs – Your Cheatin’ Heart, Settin’ the Woods on Fire

Lead Belly – Take a Whiff on Me (who doesn’t like a good cocaine song?)

Steve Earle – Someday

Rolling Stones – Dead Flowers (This one was fantastic, they should play this every show)

Old Crow medicine Show – Levi