PAUL’S CREEK: one of North Carolina’s finest mountain music groups, combining traditional and original songs with fine singing, harmonies, stories, dance and more….
The new Paul’s Creek CD “Friends” is here, available at our store, iTunes, CDBaby and more. New 2013 dates posted, more soon. New Video posted on the CD- Music -Video page.
Paul’s Creek plays original and traditional mountain music, their fine harmonies blending in an old timey style heavily influenced by the elders of the region, family, friends and diverse interests.
Carol Rifkin’s voice shines on everything from Carter family songs to originals. A touring artist who has played or danced with many of her musical heroes like fiddler Tommy Jarrell, Bill Monroe and Doc & Merle and David Holt, she learned songs from her Georgia born Dad, steps from Beverly Cotten Dillard, toured with the Green Grass Cloggers, Blue Ridge Serenaders & more. She’s a journalist, public radio host (WNCW, WSIF) & award winning musician.
Jamie Soesbee grew up watching his dad and uncle play bass, seems natural he would become an award winning bass player and touring artist. Related to legendary singer Jimmy Rogers (Rogers stayed at Jamie’s grandmother’s home while in Asheville) Jamie lends fine harmony and lead vocals to Paul’s Creek.
Tom Pittman left Asheville more than 30 years ago and played with the Austin Lounge Lizards but the call of his Southern roots brought him back to play banjo and resonator guitar with Paul’s Creek. Living just hollerin’ distance from Paul’s Creek, he is a welcome addition who brings a wealth of professional experience in both music and radio (KUT, KOOP, WNCW).
Legendary fiddler Arvil Freeman joins Paul’s Creek when he is not fiddlin’ with the Stoney Creek Boys. At age 14 he went across America fiddling with Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Tommy Hunter and the Bailey Mtn. Cloggers, is on countless recordings, won fiddle at Union Grove, MDFF and many contests, reigns on fiddle at Shindig on the Green on summer Saturday nights in Asheville and is most proud of his award winning students.
Fiddler Adam Tanner joins Paul’s Creek at MerleFest 2013 & more. Adam grew up in northern California, discovered old time and bluegrass in his teens and delights fans with the knowledge he’s learned from 78rpm discs and field recordings, from which he draws his greatest inspiration. Adam’s toured iinternationally with the Crooked Jades string band and The Hunger Mountain Boys. He lives in Weaverville, NC, where he teaches fiddle, mandolin and guitar.
Lyndsay Pruett is a graduate of Belmont University’s Violin performance program and
masters many styles. With strong family ties in the mountain music community, she is a frequent visitor to Paul’s Creek and joins us in April 2012 and more. We hope old friends visits Paul’s Creek when they can, like banjo artist George Buckner who lend his talents on Wade Mainer styles and more, he’s busy restoring cars and raising a family and has helped us so much. We hope to see banjo player Troy Harrison bring his Obray Ramsey style to the stage when his duties at work and at the orphanage he works with allow and fiddler Tim Garder too, when he’s not busy with his new baby or promoting his new solo CD. Micah, Caleb and Bucky Hanks owe us a visit too along with our much-loved old friends Ralph, Marty and Don Lewis and the Sons of Ralph. We are blessed with great friends at Paul’s Creek.
Fine’s Creek Festival with Balsam Range was a huge success……….
Join us at 7 p.m. Thursday July 7 in the City of Morganton Concert Series, nationally known musician Josh Goforth joins us on fiddle, more detail on our schedule page….
MerleFest! Paul’s Creek played to a large crowd in the traditional tent, Carol tried out new songs and Jamie sang lead on a new a Capella gospel song. Thanks to Wayne Henderson for filling in on guitar while Carol danced. Host of the dance stage, Carol joined Doc Watson ‘s set on stage again this year. More pics on the photo page….
Thanks to C. Soesbee, T. Watts and L. Allen and J. Sanford for the lovely photos.
Playing in the Tommy Jarrell Festival
at the Andy Griffith Playhouse in Mount Airy, N.C. was both a treat and an honor. Carol is writing new songs and Jamie’s new upright continues to sound. We hope you
will join us at one of our upcoming events this year. Check our schedule page for listings, see quotes, places played, videos, schedules, biographies and more by clicking the links above.
2010 was an amazing year, MerleFest, LEAF, Stecoah Valley Performing Arts Center, the list of wonderful jobs and friends grows! 2011 is shaping up with performances that include Friday, Saturday & Sunday at MerleFest 2011 (Carol hosts dance stage, dances with Doc Watson and David Holt, more.). The new Paul’s Creek CD is airing around the globe, playing in places like Germany, Australia, Israel and across the US on public radio stations.
click the CD/Music tab above to preview the music, purchase the CD or digital downloads. Available on iTunes too!
More photos and video very soon from the Big Ivy Mountain Music Festival, our amazing concert at FENCE in Tryon, NC and Carol’s performance with Doc Watson, David Holt and Buddy Melton at Mountain Songs in Brevard, NC.
Thanks so much to the huge crowd who attended Paul’s Creek’s CD release party at Pack’s Tavern and apologies to all who were turned away or couldn’t get a seat. Arvil Freeman played the Hayes and Hopson Building for 14 years when it was Bill Stanley’s Barbecue and Bluegrass and played awesome fiddle there with the Paul’s Creek Band. Love Ya’ Arvil!
This weekend is Bluff, Paul’s Creek plays at 4:45 but there are great acts all day. And Wow, MerleFest was amazing. Carol was honored to be the contest
vocalist and danced a set with Doc Watson and David Holt too. The band played Saturday and had a blast. PLaying at LEAF rocked too! Check out the video links on the CD/video tab above for live coverage! And a few more new photos are posted. Please visit and join the Paul’s Creek facebook page too.
Charles Magoffin did a fine job of editing a TV show of Paul’s Creek for URTV too. We had a personal television first and appeared on two TV channels at same time when a show we taped at the Bristol Speedway for Fast Track aired at the same time on the Speed Channel as we appeared on URTV. Working on new songs and harmonies here at the creek, check the links above to find out where we are playing or more about us. Hope to see you soon, Carol at Paul’s Creek 4-7-2010