"That it’s familiar is not a bad thing; like a favorite pair of worn jeans or a flannel shirt faded with time, it fits the soul like a comforting blanket of familiarity and authenticity."
- Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times
"Lyricizing the hills of Tennessee, the comfort of holding someone you love, and the ache of death, Caney Creek’s narrative-driven songs offer poignant windows into everyday, ordinary life."
- Laura Childers, City Scope Magazine
"Voices soar and twirl in the air, accompanied by fiddle, banjo and guitar—it's a beautiful and mesmerizing performance."
- Joshua Pickard, Nooga.com
From the beginning, Caney Creek Company has been a story of friendship. The group formed around songwriter Konstantine Vlasis, who turned his fascination with the banjo into a full-fledged band. He recruited Katie and Corey Bradford and Drew Streip, none of whom were bluegrass pickers. Three of them weren’t even playing their primary instrument.
Their first rehearsal started with three songs and no expectations but to have fun. However, it was evident that they had promise. Friends and family convinced them to keep writing songs; soon they had upwards of ten originals. Doug Ford, a longtime family friend, joined the band. Within weeks of buying his first upright bass, he was integral to the group. They learned covers, honed their instrumental chops, and even started thinking about their appearance. Most important: They booked some gigs outside of the living room.
It would be easy to categorize Caney Creek Company as a bluegrass band based on their lineup of traditional instruments. However, their sound continues to progress, often including elements of folk and indie rock with equal frequency. Meanwhile, their approach to songwriting remains true to the storytelling tradition of Americana. It’s a sonic formula that appeals to all generations. Like a wedding vow, the songs will see you through sickness and health, wealth and wanting, some bad times—but especially the good ones.
They brought those good vibes to a series of shows in early 2016. Their breakout performances included the River City Sessions and the 2016 Road to Nightfall contest, where they advanced to the finals and earned an opening spot for The Ballroom Thieves. The experience was eye-opening. They realized how much they loved performing, and also how much more work it would take to meet their growing expectations. Caney Creek Company has also played Riverbend Music Festival and other music festivals and venues across Tennessee.
Entering their second year as a full band, Caney Creek Company is looking forward to a busy fall schedule of rehearsals and performances. They just released a short documentary and are beginning to plan their full-length debut album.