Meet the Band
Dave Richardson brings his fine banjo picking and vocals to Orchard Creek. Dave was born in Jefferson County in Appalachian Ohio and attended high school in Wheeling, WV where he once appeared at the Capital Music Hall. Dave recorded his first record album at Ripon College in Wisconsin with the folk group The Other Half. He then moved to Hawaii where he was a part of the nightly Don Ho Show for five years. Dave also appeared daily on ABC television's The Don Ho Show. He has recorded/performed with Jerry Byrd, Glen Campbell, Jimmy Martin, Chris Hillamn, Dennis Caplinger, Kenny Rogers, and Mel Tillis. Dave now lives in Longmont, Colorado where he continues to write original music, operates his audio video conservancy Compact Recording Systems.
Keith Murdock plays resophonic guitar (aka Dobro), and also writes music and sings lead and harmony vocals. Keith started playing guitar in the early 60's learning Ventures and Dick Dale tunes. Since then, his musical journey has included a degree in music from CU Denver, and stints with the Country Music Association (CMA) in Nashville and Feyline Concerts in Denver. Keith’s credentials include performing with bands in the 70's & 80's, opening for Talking Heads, Huey Lewis, Romantics, and Ramones. His later introduction to bluegrass was through his church, where he was asked to play music for a service and fell in love with bluegrass gospel through the Stanley Brothers, Louvin Brothers, Bill Monroe, and Flatt & Scruggs. Keith is a collector vintage balloon-tire bicycles and sometimes travels to events in a 1956 Chevrolet station wagon.
Jan plays guitar, writes original tunes and sings lead and harmony vocals for Orchard Creek. Jan's bluegrass beginnings were at age 12 where she learned guitar after seeing Bill Monroe at the Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Jan studied classical guitar at the University of Denver where she won several instrumental awards. After many years working as a minister, she returned to bluegrass. Jan teaches at Reunion Guitar Studio in Johnstown.
Kevin Slick plays mandolin and sings in the band as well as providing the group with original songs. He'll tell you that he became a musician the night he saw The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show when he was five years old. Kevin grew up listening to the sounds of AM pop music radio along with the bluegrass and country records his Dad played night and day. Growing up in Pennsylvania he worked in radio and played music full time at diverse locations such as folk club Godfrey Daniels and punk music haven CBGBs. Now living in Louisville, Colorado, he's played bluegrass festivals with The Steel Pennies and The Savage Hearts. His songs were included in "Rise Again" from Hal Leonard Publishing.
Todd (bass) grew up in Ohio but spent many summers on his uncle's farm in Kentucky, where most Saturday nights meant either a rodeo or a barn dance in town. This is where he first got a hankerin' for Country and Bluegrass music. When learning that Todd had played the Baritone since 5th grade, the high school orchestra leader drafted him to play stand-up bass and he never looked back. From there his musical journey wound through Rock & Roll, Country, Folk, Rock, Disco, Jazz, Classical and R&B. He worked regularly for many years in the Miami music scene and eventually hit the road. Todd now lives in Boulder and is thrilled to be part of Orchard Creek.