Diamond Creek Band

  • Dates: September 29, 2018
  • Venue: Hargett Street Stage
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 5 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Admission: Free


Diamond Creekbased in the fertile bluegrass scene around central North Carolina, plays with a sound that is best described as "distinctive, modern yet traditionally rooted bluegrass music" with a freshness and energy that translates to their songs, arrangements, and performances. Made up of seasoned veterans and some new faces, Diamond Creek's six musicians create music with an authentic energy, rooted in tradition but willing to look forward in the genre. A lot of this spirit and energy is created from the vocals of 22-year-old Emily Kirsch. Singing with confidence and conviction well beyond her years, she makes any song her own with her powerful delivery. Guitarist Spencer Mobley has worked with and filled in with bands on mandolin and guitar at a local and regional level for several years, while banjo stylist Julie Elkins has decades of performing and recording experience. Diamond Creek calls on some of North Carolina's best fiddlers to fill out their sound. This season they are pleased to have Jack Deveraux on fiddle. Completing the band is husband and wife Russell and Kandis Johnson. Russell is 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 more than 30 songs chart on national bluegrass charts, including four number ones with The Grass Cats.? ??Winners of the prestigious "Got to be NC" Bluegrass Band competition sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture in 2013, they have gone on to make appearances at bluegrass and street festivals, concerts and corporate events, and they released their first CD, Where Do I Go From Here, on New Time Records in 2015.