Madison Magazine June-July 2019 - Page 19

Entertainment Making people happy: I t is very apparent amongst all of the five members of the Silver Creek Band, that they are avid musicians, and have been throughout their whole lives, since each of them were around ten-years-old. The band’s original member and current drummer, Clyde Neal, has been playing since he was ten, starting out on his mom’s pots and pans, some- thing he says drove her to have him play outside. Silver Creek’s keyboard player Roy Stivers started playing the trumpet when he was nine, and knows how to play almost every instrument. Staci Barber, the group’s lead singer, has been singing since around the age of ten also. The group also features Charlie Johnson, who learned to play guitar alongside his father, and Darrell Ingram of Irvine. “It’s something you can do throughout your whole life,” Neal said. Silver Creek was created in 1978 and is known as a “variety band” playing a cluster of music through the 1960s, 70s and 80s as well as country and blues. “If you are going to play music, you pretty much have to like all music, of any kind. It is a musician’s dream to sit down and not just listen to one type of music, but all types of music,” Neal said. When Neal’s son was ten, he and Neal were driving down Barnes Mill and crossed the bridge where it says “Silver Creek” on a little sign. His son said, “Dad, that right there is what you ought to name your group.” “And so, that is how we came up with Silver Creek,” Neal said. Neal, who is the solitary remaining original member of the band, said that since its creation, Silver Creek has seen Story by Taylor Six a handful of bandmates, as some have passed away or have moved on to other groups. Stivers and Neal have played together about 20 years, keep- ing in touch throughout, even- tually starting the band backup with different members. Their current band group, which consists of five members all living in or around Madison County, got together around two years ago. “I think we have the group now that we are pretty much satisfied with,” Stivers said. Even though Neal is an origi- nal member, he doesn’t consider himself the leader of the group, but says that each member is a deciding factor of any of the band’s decisions. “I don’t consider myself a leader because the way we oper- ate, if something comes up, we all vote on it and talk amongst ourselves,” he said. “We don’t have one person decisions. All of us work together. If Roy has an idea about a song, or chords or stuff then they all listen and he listens to everyone else and we just work together.” Silver Creek practices once every two weeks, and plays at the American Legion in Rich- mond twice a month, playing four, 45 minute sets each time. Stivers and Neal agree that because they don’t play in bars, the American Legion Post 12 in Richmond is one of their best and only options and provides a great family atmosphere to preform. The group also plays for pri- vate parties, get togethers and festivals including the Spoon- bread Festival in Berea and a festival in Crab Orchard. In scheduling performances, the group discusses the dates to see if any have other family events or work going on at that time, if they do, they won’t book it. J U N E - J U LY 2 0 1 9 Madison Magazine 19