Cincy’s Elk Creek started drawing local attention with the release of 2014’s Greenfield Project EP and subsequent shows supporting it. The group’s unique spin on Roots/Americana music — which eschews clichés and blends in Modern Rock and Blues influences — helped the group stand out from the crowd, as did its creative incorporation of harmonica as a lead instrument. The group recently went through a lineup crisis when founding member Brad Smith, a vital part of its sound, left Elk Creek. But the band bounced back, with bassist Nick Whittenburg moving into the vacated guitar slot and BJ McKinney of Sohio joining to play bass, mandolin and keyboards. The band is planning to start work on a new recording with the refreshed Elk Creek lineup (and more rocking sound) after its MidPoint appearance.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Shannon Hoon returns from the dead, embraces Americana music (but can’t let go of his Rock & Roll passions) and masters the harmonica. (MB)