CreekStreet is a band that without a doubt has something special. "It's REAL music. Impressive isn't even the word" says Jay Smith, Music Director of 99.1 CKXS fm. Serving up adult contemporary music that mixes in blues roots and catchy beats intertwined with goosebump inducing vocals, CreekStreet songs are sure to get stuck in your head. Lead singer/guitarist Craig James Laur with brother Travis Laur on backing vocals/bass, create moments of pure musical magic when their uber talented voices collide. Add in the percussive mastermind that is Kurtis Dickson on the drums, Adam Routley on the keys, and you have CreekStreet, a phenom of a band that has the ability to reach any audience - young and old alike.
Now hailing from Toronto, CreekStreet originated in their hometown of Wallaceburg, Ontario. Even though they've only been playing together for a few short months, CreekStreet has been experiencing a great deal of success, booking shows all across Ontario and currently preparing to head into the studio to record their first full-length album. In the meantime, CreekStreet will be releasing an album of their original music that was recorded during live on air interviews at 99.1 CKXS fm. Expect to see huge things from CreekStreet in the near future - These boys love what they do and do it incredibly well.
Craig James Laur - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Travis Laur - Bass, Back-up Vocals
Kurtis Dickson - Drums
Adam Routley - Piano
Local Spotlight - CreekStreet
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Listen in all this week at 3:40 as Jay features Wallaceburg’s own, CreekStreet on the XS Local Spotl...Listen in all this week at 3:40 as Jay features Wallaceburg’s own, CreekStreet on the XS Local Spotlight!
CHECK OUT CREEK STREET THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT 6:30 PM DURING THIS YEAR’S FIRST 4TH FRIDAY CULTURE CRAWL IN WALLACEBURG! STAGE SET UP ON JAMES STREET, IN DOWNTOWN WALLACEBURG!
Formerly known as CreekStreet Sessions and ForClosure, Wallaceburg’s Craig James Laur, Adam Routley, Kurtis Dickson, and Travis Laur have come together to form a new sound by the name of CreekStreet. Craig James Laur has recently done some solo work that his really solidified himself as one of the top young up and coming artists – locally and possibly across Ontario. Craig has come together with some former band mates and local musicians to form a new, complete sound, known as CreekStreet.
Creativity, touching lyrics and the ability to reach any audience; young and old alike – it’s a task CreekStreet takes very seriously.
This group has learned and matured musically over the years and may have really found their niche. Craig Laur, alongside his brother Travis have graced the 99.1 studios on several occasions – impressing each and every time, definitely seem to influence and push one another to grow as musicians. Add local mastermind Kurtis Dickson to the mix, the talents of Adam Routley on keys and piano, and it seems like CreekStreet may have stepped upon something special.
“We end up singing along to every tune they play in studio,” said Jay Smith, Music Director at 99.1 CKXS. “C-P records the boys, lays down a simple track. Just acoustic guitar and vocals. And every time, we’re singing along the first or second time it hits the air. It’s REAL music. Impressive isn’t even the word.”
CreekStreet has garnered great accolades from anyone willing to listen, whether here at home in the confines of Chatham-Kent, or now in the big smoke of T.O. where they quickly snagged a weekly gig inside one of the country’s musical hotspots. No easy task. Yet it’s no surprise.
“These dudes seems to have been born to play music,” according to Chris Prince at 99.1. “I look forward to every track. I expect HUGE things from them.”
“Canada may eventually find their own Jack Johnson with Laur’s vocals. He’s our Rob Thomas. They’re our Matchbox 20. I can’t see anyone NOT appreciating this music” added Smith.
CreekStreet: Music that’s making a footprint
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Hopes and dreams come and go. High school bands break-up, as often as the relationships those mus...Hopes and dreams come and go.
High school bands break-up, as often as the relationships those musicians are in.
Some musicians listen to the ‘naysayers’ and never take it seriously. Others talk about their musical careers as ‘the good ol’ days’, while having some beers with their old high school pals years later.
Other musicians leave town with the shirt on their back, the instruments in the hands, and the passion in their heart, and give it a go.
That’s exactly what four young musicians from Wallaceburg, Ontario are doing.
“As a Canadian musician, we all know how hard it is, but it happens,” said Craig James Laur, front man for CreekStreet, about “making it” in the music industry.
Craig, 22, (vocals/lead guitar) along with his brother Travis, 19 (bass guitar), Kurt Dickson, 24 (drums) and Adam Routley, 19 (piano) have moved from their parents basements in the town of 10,500 in Chatham-Kent, to the metropolis of Toronto, Ontario, where the music scene is buzzing with talent.
Craig said the band is hoping to stand out in that crowd and leave their own “footprint” in the music industry.
“If you bring something to the table that someone hears and starves for, it can happen.”
Playing gigs and recording tracks
After being in Toronto for a few months, CreekStreet is busy playing as many shows as possible and writing music like a fourth meal.
They still come home, and have been spending time at Starlight Studio on Walpole Island First Nation, just outside of Wallaceburg. While in the studio, they have their eyes set on one of their first goals.
“Play music for as many people as possible, and to have that full album in our hands and say this is us, this is what we’ve worked hard on, you are going to get to know us hearing this music,” Craig said. “You are going to get to know who we are not only as a band, but as people.”
Craig added the guys in the band and himself are willing to do what it takes.
“I have no problem eating Kraft Dinner and white rice 5, 6 days a week… as long as I’m making music and I got a roof over my head,” he said. “I wake up and I do what I love to do. People can say that, but not many of them. That’s the goal is to be successful enough to have the album, to play music regularly for as many people as we can, and to make a living off of it.”
It’s a family affair
Not only are Craig and Travis, actual blood brothers, the band feels like they are all family.
“We live together,” Craig said. “We eat, breathe, sleep… like that’s what we do. When we wake up and there is time in between we play music, we write. It has to be this way, it’s not that we’re forcing… this is just the way it has to be.”
Craig added “As a band I don’t even look at us as best friends any more. We’re family. Even if we didn’t want to be family. Everyone brings their own assets to the table and it’s catastrophic. We click so well.. the charisma is just as important as the skill level. The charisma as a musician, you have to know what you want, where you’re going. And we’re finally grasping that concept, and it’s bringing us tighter together to the point where… we’re inoperable without one another.”
Craig says the band maintains a vision, and are all striving towards the same goals.
“We’re joined at the hip whether we like it or not,” he said. “There is no other way… I don’t see it, I don’t think these guys see it. We have our ups and downs… somedays we hate each, somedays we love each other. Some days we make music, some days we don’t and we just hang out. That’s what’s going to make us successful, that underlying love, hate relationship. As long as everyone stays happy, and everyone realizes we’re in it for the same reasons, for better or worse.”
Blues, rock and sappy love songs
Craig says he bases his music off his words
“I don’t write until I have that first line that captivates me,” he says.
He said from there different songs take on different directions, different meaning
Steal my kisses
Into Your Arms
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Brown Eyed Girl
Give Me One Reason
I Feel Fine
No One But You
Show Me That You're Mine
Lay Me Down
Thought You'd Know
A Little While With You
Knock Down These Walls
Love and Learn
All Along the Watchtower
Some kind of wonderful
Call me maybe
I don't need no doctor
Your body is a wonderland
Just got paid
All my Lovin
Twist n Shout
Stuck in the middle with you
High heel sneakers
Edge of desire
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