A thought for music makers everywhere to ponder: do you really need to hit the big city to be successful? If creative stimulation is what you’re looking for, look to the countryside—that’s where Creek Kin has found its inspiration.
“We’re all country folk at heart,” said Nancy Kaye about Creek Kin, a collective made up of members of music group The Law.
All the band members—Kaye; Joel Nettesheim, also known as Trappers Cabin; Chandler McGee; Zack Smith; and Hill Roberts—have lived in cities across the country. But Kaye explains that along a little creek in Good Hope, Ga., the band has found its true home.
“We find ourselves happiest when we are sitting by a creek under a tree with a fishing pole,” she said.
Although Kaye spent a lot of time in Los Angeles and New York City, she dreamed of having her own farm and reconnecting with nature. When she found Georgia, she knew it was the place for her.
“Once I saw the red clay soil, I was in heaven,” she said.
The Southern spirit has definitely infused itself into Creek Kin’s music, which has a “downhome Americana” vibe with its blues guitar, country twang and multi-part harmonies, inspired by artists like Johnny Cash and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
The band’s simplified lifestyle, fed by Kaye’s farm-grown food, is mirrored in its songwriting process. The members of Creek Kin come to the table with a range of songwriting talent, working out new songs in a very organic way. They play through their ideas in collaborative jam sessions, which are recorded so a moment is never missed.
“Every time we’re together we come up with really great ideas inspired by nature and by the human spirit trying to be free,” Kaye said about Creek Kin, which aims to change the world through the connective quality of music.
“Sometimes it’s like we’re channeling the voice of Mother Nature,” Kaye said.
As a collective group, the members are always making guest appearances on each other’s solo projects, but they’ve also been working on original material for Creek Kin. Everyone plays instruments and everyone sings. Kaye said that she and the guys have really “found a family in each other.”
For Kaye, the slower pace of life in the countryside is refreshing. She says big city musicians often get too caught up in the business, too bogged down in the details and lose sight of the things that matter most in life. That, she says, is what sets Creek Kin apart.
“I think what makes us special is that we’re really writing from the heart,” she said. “We’re actually doing this for the music.”
Creek Kin will be playing Friday Night Live in Atlantic Station this week. They go on stage in Central Park at 7 p.m.