“Up, Rising” by Ikes Creek
Independent Americana Roots group Ikes Creek has released “Up, Rising“, a new album With songs marked by depth, meaning and superior storytelling, “Up Rising” brings Ikes Creek into the forefront of Americana roots rock with great force and expression.
Quote from the artist: “My roots Americana music reflects the deep-seated love of my Northern Idaho roots, mirrored in my gratitude for my friends and family who have shaped me into the man I am. Through my mother, father and especially my wife, I have come to appreciate that the people who love you are vastly more important than the people you love. The former stick with you; the latter do not always do the same. Knowing such true people inspired the music on this release.” – Korey Simeone (Vocals, Fiddle, Guitar, Dobro)
In truth, this album is actually so much more, to me, it is an album rich in emotion and development, where it sounds freestyle and improv, with a light hearted delicate nature of pure joy in deliverance, it is fully composed, no mistakes in tone and is articulate in perfection. This album simply puts you in the moment where life is lived, in happiness and joy.
Ikes Creek formed in 2017 with the chance encounter of 3 musicians, Korey Simeone, Mark Sanfilippo and Gabe Davis. Combining great songwriting, bluesy vocals and virtuosic instrumental skills of Simeone and the driving rhythm section of Sanfilippo and Davis, the 3 recognized the unique power of the acoustic trio. Later adding Thomas Moose on guitar and mandolin and Cori Cable Kidder on co-lead, IKES CREEK took 1st place in the Best Band Category at the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest. Clearly, IKES CREEK is already being recognized as a critical new voice on the Roots Americana scene of SoCal. The band’s debut album is scheduled to release in early 2019.
Born on Elk Butte in Northern Idaho, Korey Simeone long honed his craft as both a virtuosic instrumentalist and accomplished songwriter. Finding his way to Austin, Texas in 1997, he toured internationally with both acclaimed neo-vaudeville outfit, The Asylum Street Spankers and nationally recognized bluegrass satirists, The Austin Lounge Lizards. He has opened for or shared the stage with such luminaries as Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, and Bela Fleck, just to name a few.
Moving to LA in 2010, Simeone continued his musical endeavors, flowering his vision to form an acoustic band with all the musicality and power of his heroes, Jimi Hendrix and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Ikes Creek marks a new philosophy in the Americana genre. Inspired by the vision of Korey Simeone, Ikes Creek espouses a total commitment to authenticity coupled with an unbound sense of adventure, a forward vision of what acoustic music can be.
Accolades for this group include their being named 2018 Best Band Winner – 58th Annual Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Music Festival – Topanga, CA.
Stream the full “Up, Rising” album on Spotify.
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