Independent Release, 2016
Jam bands can be a self absorbed and indulgent bunch. Endlessly churning away at progressions for far too long for audiences who may or may not notice. Coral Creek, from Colorado, sidestep this common blunder and have released a right smart collection of numbers to make you get up and shake your tail feathers.
At the heart of Coral Creek is keyboardist Bill McKay, (Leftover Salmon, Derek Trucks Band alumni) and guitarist Chris Thompson. They have focused their considerable skills on songwriting and delivered 10 memorable numbers, each with it’s own identity.
“Way Back” is a great slice of nostalgia, considering a slower more unhurried time. The interplay between fiddle and piano is breezy, promising and boisterous. “Cage Without a Key” is bright, cheery and unhurried. It moves with an enticing shimmy, like winter giving way to spring. “Rooster and Dawg” sounds like a lot of early 70’s folk-rock, hopeful and cautious. “Mountain High” is some throwback country that’d make Willie proud. There’s great melodies, and a celebration of lifes simple pleasures.
It’s hard not to like Coral Creek. They seem good natured and eager to spend the night watching everyone in the audience enjoy themselves. This band needs to be on the national festival circuit as of now.