Stranger Creek String band

Stranger Creek String band


Stranger Creek String Band (SCSB) is a non-traditional minded bluegrassy unit formed in early 2008. As the name implies, the group is a string band, consisting primarily of guitar, mandolin, viola, violin, & stand up bass, and a mix of instrumentals and vocals to create their “warm worn” feeling.


While it’s nothing new for a band to use the string band format as a base for exploring musical territory, SCSB blurs the lines between their different musical influences to create a unique sound that feels very familiar, and brings a laid-back groove coupled with the overtones of a bluegrass tune.

SCSB’s music cannot be neatly categorized into a particular musical genre, and draws its spirit from the deep well of American music, with street jazz, blues, swing, bluegrass, jug band & old time music, and folk influences within the broad context of a string band. Like many of today's acoustic/string bands, they have modern and traditional influences that confuse the musical boundaries.

Regardless of the genre, this group of musicians enjoys playing music, and presents the music as if they were on your front porch. It is clearly evident that they enjoy playing music together, and this makes the music more enjoyable for those listening. SCSB’s music is comfortable and exciting for listeners, with strong instrumentations, and offers something new and interesting at every turn. This approach makes their music popular with all age groups.

SCSB’s live shows consist of original material, bluegrass & jazz standards, as well as less-known songs rescued from obscurity. Their interpretation of songs makes no attempt to duplicate older material or twist them beyond recognition. They simply stir familiar material together in a way that makes each song original, and stylistically, their own.

In the last three years, they have performed at outdoor festivals in Kansas & Missouri, local coffee houses, fund raisers, music in the park events, farmers markets, art fairs, museum events, Oktoberfest event, & clubs in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas.

SCSB has been influenced by a variety of musicians including: Boulder Acoustic Society; Crooked Still; David Grisman; Dan Hicks; Del McCoury Band; Django Rhinehart/Stephan Grapelli; The Greencards; Greg Brown; Hot Buttered Rum; Hot Club of Cowtown; Jerry Garcia; Jorma Kaukonen; Phillips, Greer, Flinner; Peter Rowan; Richard Thompson; Tim O’Brien; Tom Waits; and Bill Monroe & Robert Johnson.


The group released their first studio CD "Over the Sunset" in August 2009. The CD consists of all original material and was recorded at the 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor in Lawrence, KS. The CD is available for purchase from CD Baby.

A review of the CD by the Folk & Music Exchange is included in our press release folder.

Sample CD's are available upon request.

Set List

The set list will be selected from the following list:

Set 1:
Waiting on a Waiter
Connemara Breakdown/ Cluck on Hen
New Railroad
Over the Hill
Shady Grove/EMD
Ring of Fire
What Am I Gonna' Do
KC Kitty
Some Like it Blu
Red Sunset Smile

Set 2:
Tennesse Blues
Cattle in the Cane
Here I Go Again
Limehouse Blues
Lonesome River Road
Anything You Have
Wayfaring Stranger
Dancing in the Night Mist
I've Found a New Baby
Strange Paddy
Backup and Push/Colleen Malone
Sittting Alone in the Midnight
Riding on the Hell Boat

Set 3:
Old Minor Joe Clark
Sweet Georgia Brown
Russain Lullabye
Devil's Got My Man
Too Soon To Tell
Ain't Misbehaven'
Blues Stay Away from Me
Just Because
I've Endured
Moonlight Midnight
Bury Me Beaneath the Willow
Rocking Chair