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"Creekwater CD Release Review"

Creekwater played to a packed house, and they knew exactly how to get the crowd loud. I pulled into the venue's parking lot as the band started the show, so I didn't get to see the opening act, or the opening of their show, but I could hear the crowd as I got out of my truck to make my way inside. I pulled up my own piece of bar as there were no seats in the house and watched the band play to, and handle, the crowd that reached from wall to wall. Their originals were draped with dynamic throws of old school southern rock, mixed with the newer "Texas Red Dirt" sound. The song Austin seemed to draw the most people singing along, and as I listened, it caught my ear. The band also played their own renditions of Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" and ZZ Top's "La Grange". In "Stranglehold", the lead guitarist, Bobby Michaels, did solos that seem to never end. The great thing about that was the crowd didn't want them to. He entertained, he wowed, and the he flipped his guitar around to his back and played it. Tricks I haven't seen in a very long time. In "La Grange", the lead vocalist, Joe Cross, started off with the ZZ Top low voice. Once the second verse started, I couldn't believe what he did. He hit notes I never thought could go with that song. It was a great show. I picked up a CD and tried to find the guys after the show. I was successful in finding the bass player, Darrell Watkins, and I asked when they were playing again. He smiled as he said "I'll play some more if you want!" After getting on the bands mailing list, I found out that they were playing at the Ft. Worth's own Mayfest Festival the first weekend in May of 2010. I will be there. If you are looking for a great show, and some unbelievably great original music, check these guys out. I joined their mailing list at . Their Myspace is and I also found them on Facebook.
If anyone has any other bands that I should check out, please let me know. I am pleasantly surprised with my first review and I am hoping to get some more bands up here very quickly. Tell your friends about the blog and let all spread the word.

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Rising - 2009



When Bobby Michaels moved from the Northeast to Texas, he fell in love with the Texas music scene. Already an accomplished songwriter himself, he soon answered an ad posted by Joe Cross, a Texas singer songwriter who was familiar with the road. The two starting writing songs, and with the combined stylings, the songs took a shape neither had ever heard. Texas Southern Rock is the best way to describe it. The fit for the rhythm section came when Darrell Watkins, a hard rock bassist, and Nicky Papa, an answer to the question of drums, came along. Creekwater was formed. The band released their debut album "Rising" in December of 2009 and is a great mix of sounds from the past 2 years of writing. Creekwater has picked up a following around the Dallas / Ft. Worth area of north Texas with their absolutely electric stage presence. Fans of Creekwater fans are loud and the band likes it this way. Creekwater is excited that their album is released, but the true passion of the guys of Creekwater is playing live and making sure their audiences have a night they won't soon forget.