Mood Cultivation Project w/The Muddy Creek Players
Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall
5455 Bethania Road, Winston-Salem, NC, 27106
All ages show $14 advance/$18 door
Mood Cultivation Project formed in early 2000, intended as a one-time concert ?project.? Chemistry kept members Joel Woodson (bass), George Smith (guitar), Kelly Sanders (percussion) and Robby Gates (drums) together experimenting to find their sound. Later that year, Josh Casstevens (guitar) joined, followed by Joey Johnson (vocals, harmonica) in early 2001 and Tommy Smith (keys) in 2002. Drawing from many different influences including their Appalachian roots, the band created a sound uniquely their own; blending rock, country, jam, psychedelia and more. The band performed hundreds of shows between 2000-2007 opening for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Drive By Truckers, many other national artists, as well as playing many music festivals and other venues. In 2002, MCP recorded and released a self-titled live album followed by the 2004 studio release, ?In This Space and Time.? Before they recorded the next album, the group disbanded in 2007. Everyone from the band continued to play music in various settings over the next several years, including eventually, Brickfoot Down; which by 2014, included six members of MCP. Catalyzed by a desire to help a friend of the band, Mood Cultivation Project reunited for a concert on 4-25-15 with Jonathan McMillan on drums. Tickets for the show quickly sold out. The show was a great success and refueled the chemistry that drove the band initially. Tragically, only a few weeks later, founding member and percussionist, Kelly Sanders, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 37. Although changed forever, the group plans to plow forward, beginning a new chapter for Mood Cultivation.
The Muddy Creek Players are the official house band of the Muddy Creek Music Hall. Founded in May 2015, by singer/songwriter Bill Heath, the band is a diverse group of musicians, performing original compositions, and timeless music from several decades. Bill (vocals/guitar) is accompanied by Shelly Stevens (vocals), Davidson Smith (drums), Ken Nocito (trumpet/keys/vocals),, Carlos Tolbert (sax/flute), Chad Huskey (guitar/vocals), and Evan Bryant (bass).