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October 28, 2011

Crooked Creek defined by hard driven acoustic music

Band combines instrumentation of bluegrass for rock/country/bluegrass sound

TERRE HAUTE — Crooked Creek has been performing around the Wabash Valley for more than 10 years, offering a sound like no other band in the area. The band combines the instrumentation of traditional bluegrass music to play covers for rock, country and bluegrass.

The group has an energy between the members that is driven by a common thread of interest: hard driven acoustic music. Crooked Creek embodies sounds of The Marshall Tucker Band, SteelDrivers, Allman Brother’s, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Daniels, Johnny Cash and OCMS, mixed with traditional sounds.

Heads turn to lead singer Matt Dickerson when he belts out his ragged soulful vocals. Fiddle sounds rip through the air when he puts his bow to the stings.

Matt’s younger brother, Bill, “the comedian of the group,” is also a multi-talented musician. Bill holds down the rhythm while adding intro’s and leads on his Dobro resonator guitar.

Rhythm guitar player Max Winchell and bassist Linus Thomas make up the rhythm section of the band. Winchell also sings a number of songs.

The newest member to the group, John Wheat, is also an accomplished guitar/fiddle/bass/mandolin player. Wheat’s early musical years were spent winning more than 40 regional, state and nation champion titles. Since then he has performed and recorded professionally in the U.S. and overseas for groups such as Pat Cloud, Special Consensus, Alison Krauss, Wild and Blue, Clay Hess, Mark Newton, Bobby Helms, Johnny Paycheck, and locally for the Tilford Hayes Band and Element.

Crooked Creek delivers a powerful robust sound to festivals, bars, restaurants or weddings. The bands next show is at at 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at Shoe’s Ridge Bar & Grill in Parke County.

For booking information, contact manager, Valeri Chapman at (402) 968-7715 or (812) 877-2497, or email Also send an email to be notified of future shows.

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