Kevin Brown Guitar, vocals. Kevin formed the Blue Moon Band in the late 1970's at UNC - Chapel Hill, along with Mack Bailey (current member of the Limeliters) and Jim DeWan (Chicago-based Irish musician). He has continued playing and singing through the years with various groups. Kevin is a songwriter whose works have been recorded by Glenn Yarbrough, The Limeliters, The Hard Travelers, Mack Bailey, Seamus Kennedy, Dick Foley & Terry Lauber (The Brothers Four) and Carl Allen.
Dennis Hoyle Bass. From his early years of practicing scales on the ivories, to honking the biggest horn in the high school marching band (that would be a tuba), to singing in the church choir, music has always been important to Dennis. After playing guitar in small groups and jams for over 20 years, he went back to his favorite low end sound and plays both electric and double bass. Most recently, he played for two years with a local band, doing numerous gigs around the Triangle and beyond. He is influenced by all kinds of music including folk, rock, blues, funk and jazz. His bass heroes include Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius and James “The Hook” Jamerson.
Ann Searcy Vocals, percussion. Ann grew up in Smithfield, NC and has been singing since childhood in school groups, church choirs and community choruses. She was instrumental in starting Swift Creek Revival after a successful two-year stint with a local acoustic group. Some of her vocal favorites are Emmylou Harris, Allison Krauss, Gillian Welch and Bonnie Raitt. Singing harmony is Ann’s “thing,” and she listens to the Eagles, CCR, the Beatles and plenty of bluegrass for pointers.
Chris Martin Guitar, vocals, harmonica. Chris’ love of music started at an early age in Wilmington, NC. He grew up in a musical home listening to his dad and relatives playing the music of Flat and Scruggs, Chet Adkins and Hank Williams. He began singing in choirs and choruses in junior high and continued to perform in ensemble groups and barbershop quartets in high school and college. After picking up the guitar, Chris played with couple of local rock bands for several years. Over the years he developed a deep appreciation for the harmonies and musicianship in Americana and roots music and has never looked back since. Some of his earliest musical influences range from Van Morrison to Jim Morrison and in more recent years from the Waifs to the Wilders.
Casey Elder Mandolin, dobro. Casey grew up in Forest, Va., playing both saxophone and electric bass in high school bands, and listening to a lot of Doc Watson and Muddy Waters. Bluegrass guitar was his next musical accomplishment, when attending Virginia Tech; followed by learning mandolin while living in Colorado in 2002. His favorites on mandolin are David Grisman, Chris Thile and Jesse McReynolds. After moving back east, he played with various honky-tonk, bluegrass and old time bands around Blacksburg, Va. and learned yet another instrument, the dobro.