The Fossil Creek Band grew out of the farmlands of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan back in the spring of 2006, and has since grown into one of the premier Bluegrass/Americana bands in the Great Lakes region. The “Creekers” are known for their fun-loving, energetic performing style, tight harmonies, and their original Bluegrass/Americana tunes. They have a great time writing and playing their original style of bluegrass music, and you’ll have a great time being part of a Fossil Creek Band show!
|A Little Background...|
The members of The Fossil Creek Band came from diverse musical backgrounds, but we have found a common love in Bluegrass music. Our past experiences in folk, country, rock, and even barbershop music all contribute in some way to the Fossil Creek Band sound. Originally a Bluegrass Gospel group, we started out with shows mostly in area churches, but over time, we found more common ground in the sound of traditional bluegrass. As we began to find our songwriting wings, original music became our focus, culminating in our 2012 release, "Songs From Home", our first album of original bluegrass music. During that time, our touring became more widespread, including the southeastern and northeastern regions of the country. In 2015, our newest album, "Waitin' On The Daylight" , was released, and became the #3 most downloaded Bluegrass release for August 2015 on Airplay Direct. We continue to enjoy radio airplay all over the US and in over 30 countries. We hope to continue this momentum as we work hard to expand our fan base to wherever folks want to hear the Fossil Creek Band sound.
The Fossil Creek Band is:
|Jan Hudson, the banjo player for Fossil Creek, has been involved in the bluegrass scene for many years, not only as a musician but also building and repairing instruments. With Fossil Creek Band, Jan plays banjo, sings lead and harmony vocals, and occasionally writes a song or two. She does most of the booking and promotional work for the band, and is often the ringleader of our serious attention deficit behavior. She has also been a professional photographer and studio owner for over 41 years in her hometown of Lambertville, MI. Jan believes that music is a blessing, and we most definitely agree!|
|Tom Galbraith came from folk and Gospel music to the world of bluegrass in the late 1990's after laying with the gospel band Brothers Of Bluegrass. Tom plays mandolin and guitar ,and sings lead and harmony vocals with Fossil Creek Band. He has also written many of our original songs. A life long educator from Wauseon, OH, he finally found his true love telling the stories that are at the heart of bluegrass music. He is also involved in promotions, and along with his lovely wife Patricia, does most of the merchandising for TFCB.|
|Darrell Wagner, a life-long resident of Monroe, Michigan, began his fiddle career playing with local legends, Robert White & The Candy Mountain Express, and later played with Cedar Creek Junction, a Jackson, MI area band. After a few years away from the music scene, he joined the Fossil Creek Band back in 2016 and quickly became a mainstay of the Fossil Creek Band sound. Not only is he a talented fiddle player, he sings harmonies and leads with TFCB. In his non-music life he is an electrician with the Ford Motor Company, and the father of two daughters, one grown and one who is currently growing up way too fast. Darrell also became a new grandpa in March of 2015.|
Jerry Spitler, a native of Genoa Ohio who now lives in Lambertville, MI, has been playing bass with TFCB since the winter of 2009. His musical history started playing music in grade school and has continued nonstop for over 50 years. He was Operation Manager of a Fortune 500 company during his job working years. Now, retired, his love for music and performing is endless .... just like his cup of coffee that perpetually needs filled! A fun guy on stage, Jerry is thinking music 24 hours a day on how to make the band he is in, better and better. He has the ability to play many different instruments, bass, guitar, and keyboards just to name a few. You can hear Jerry's expertise on bass on all of TFCB's recordings. |
Chip Cope, a native of Oregon, Ohio, joined TFCB as our guitarist in the spring of 2018. Chip started singing in church at an early age, and took up guitar at the age of 10. He grew up loving the music of John Denver, which led to him picking up the banjo at age 13. After high school, Chip played in country bands and worked in radio prior to joining the Marine Corps. While stationed in North Carolina, he developed his love for bluegrass and soon added mandolin and dobro to his musical arsenal. He also sings harmony and lead vocals, and enjoys playing music with local musicians and his family in his spare time. Chip has been a valuable addition to The Fossil Creek Band sound, and we look forward to many great years of picking in the future.