The Creek Rocks play at South on Main in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Creek Rocks are a folk group from the Ozarks led by banjoist Cindy Woolf and guitarist Mark Bilyeu. These longtime musical collaborators worked together on Cindy's three CDs of original songs starting in 2005, they married in 2013, then established The Creek Rocks in 2015. Mark is a founding member of Ozarks family band Big Smith, with whom he toured and recorded for sixteen years.
Their debut release, “Wolf Hunter,” is a collection of sixteen folk songs from the Ozarks, drawn from the collections of folklorists Max Hunter of Springfield, Missouri, Mark’s hometown; and John Quincy Wolf of Batesville, Arkansas, where Cindy grew up. Joining them on the album are bassist Jason Chapman of the Chapmans bluegrass band and percussionist Jay Williamson, also of Big Smith, who currently serves as the band's go-to live percussionist. Cindy and Mark often perform as a duo, but are also buttressed by a host of musician friends when a full band seems decorous for the situation.
"Wolf Hunter" has gathered critical accolades for The Creek Rocks, including the prestige of their photo gracing the cover of the September 2017 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, along with a feature article. Prior to that, a profile of Bilyeu appeared in the March 2014 issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine.
Some testimonials about The Creek Rocks:
"Congrats you two....on a stellar performance...You made me smile for 45 straight minutes...you left me remembering what's important - voices, songs, authenticity, great playing. - and red pants!" (Mark was wearing red pants.)
~ Bob Walkenhorst, The Rainmakers
"This is the sound of Ozark history, the soundtrack of us getting from there to here. Wolf Hunter is distinct as a concept album in that it is filled with warmth and heart. It never holds you at arm’s length, but brings you in for a bear hug, begging you and little brother to join right in."
~ T.S. Leonard, The New Territory
"Cindy and Mark are among the Ozark Plateau’s most potent songwriters expressing themselves with a humble folk-rock sound and lyrics to touch the heart."
~ Dave Para, Big Muddy Soundings