Georgia-Country.com Artist of the Month
On a monthly basis, Georgia-Country.com spotlights a Georgia artist that we feel is furthering their career in country music. Below is our current artist of the month. We hope you enjoy reading their interview and getting to know this artist more. Be sure to check out their music, videos and schedule for the month. If you are a Georgia-based artist, 18 and over, and would like to be considered for Artist of the Month, please contact us with your name and a website to review.
Our July 2014 Artist of the Month, is The Tiger Creek Band.
GC: Let's get Georgia familiar with the band. Take us around the band, who plays what and their role with theband.
TCB: We are the Tiger Creek Band. We have been together as a band for three years. We play Country and Southern Rock. Justin Dukes sings lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar. Tyler Branch plays lead guitar, banjo, dobro, harmonica, and sings vocals. Brian Love plays bass guitar and sings vocals. Daniel Fountain plays drums, percussion, and sings vocals.
GC: When did the band form and how did it come together?
TCB: Justin and Daniel met in November of 2011 and started jamming together. Brian joined the band in time for their first official gig, which was in South Carolina in March of 2012. In August of 2012, Tyler joined the band after sitting in with the guys at a local gig.
GC: What past bands has been an inspiration to the band?
TCB: Because we specialize in harmony, Alabama has been a great inspiration to the band. Also, Merle Haggard, Black Crows, Shenandoah, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Journey, and Blackberry Smoke are other artists who have been an inspiration to us.
GC: How would you describe a Tiger Creek Band show to someone that hasn't see you all live yet?
TCB: We are energetic, and we emphasize harmony in both our covers and our originals. We are a country band, but we play all types of music from country to blues to southern rock. We entertain people of all ages and will have you dancing and swaying to our music.
GC: Do you all write original music and if so, who does most of the writing?
TCB: Yes, we have numerous original songs. Justin wrote eight of the ten songs on the upcoming album, and Tyler wrote the remaining two songs. Justin also wrote all of the songs on the EP, "Wastin' Time". They bring the songs to rehearsal, and the songs come to life as everyone gets involved!
GC: You all won the 2014 Georgia Music Awards Country Band of the Year recently. What does the award mean to you all?
TCB: We are grateful and humbled at the fact that we were nominated for the award after only two years of performing. We are also humbled by all the support we have received from our fans, both locally and abroad. After the work we have put in (playing over 100 shows last year), it solidifies the fact that we are doing what we are meant to do.
GC: Before winning the GMA Award, what would you say what was the biggest highlight of the band thus far?
TCB: One of our biggest highlights before winning the Ga. Music Award was opening up for Craig Campbell and Charlie Daniels at the 2013 Vidalia Onion Festival. We are also excited about the release of our first full length album, "Making Tracks", coming up in a few weeks.
GC: To other bands out there, what would you say is the biggest key to keep things running smooth in a band?
TCB: The most important factor is excellent communication. Respect for each other, teamwork, and organization are also essential. A band must gel and utilize each other's strengths to ensure success. We are very close, and we have a good understanding of each other.
TG: If you could OPEN for any one major act, who would that be and why?
TCB: We would have to say Zack Brown or Blackberry Smoke. They have been an inspiration to us vocally and musically.
GC: What are the band's plans for the rest of the year?
TCB: We are looking forward to releasing the new album. We also hope to begin touring in the near future. We feel that this will help us to further expand our fan base in the United States.