Ocracoke's Molasses Creek Hits the Big Time!

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Ocracoke's Molasses Creek Hits the Big Time!

Molasses Creek, the contemporary folk band from Ocracoke, in March was ranked in the national top 10 in folk music across the United States.

Their new CD “An Island Out of Time,” was the fifth most played album on the folk radio scene and they were the No. 9 artist, based on 13,326 airplays form 150 different deejays across the United States.

This is the first time Molasses Creek has submitted an album for national release, noted David Tweedie, fiddler for the band.

“We’re hoping this effort will help us to the next level of touring,” he said.

Last year, the group met with Kari Estrin, a radio promotion manager from Nashville, Tenn., to explore ways they could boost their national presence.

Estrin, who has helped guide the careers of several famous folk artists, suggested they do an album promotion by sending their latest CDs to more than 500 folk music deejays in the United States, Canada and Europe.

But first, they had to re-master and repackage it.  

So, “Catharsis,” their CD issued last summer, was renamed “An Island Out of Time.”

Over the winter, the band re-recorded  the songs, re-designed the cover, and by mid-February, sent it out across the land so that it would begin airplay March 1.

Last week, the band learned that the album was number five on the charts.

In addition, two of their songs are in the top 20:  “Mississippi Sawyer” and “Scat Reel Set,” both written by Tweedie.

“It’s a Sin to Tell A Lie,” a classic swing song, sung by band member Lou Castro, also is on the charts.

“Selchie's Joy Waltz” has also been praised by several deejays.

The band is in the company of one of the favorite bands to play at the Ocrafolk Fest every year, The Steel Wheels, who is No. 2 on the top artists list and who also will headline at this year’s Ocrafolk Festival, a free arts and music festival June 1 to 3, along School Road and Howard Street.

This recent promotion has translated to a couple of better gigs in their upcoming tour later this month in New England.

Their tour will travel to Virginia, Boston, Connecticut, Vermont and eastern New York.  Later this spring, they will play at the Institute of Musical Tradition in Washington, D.C., and later this summer at the Floyd Fest, in Floyd, Va.

Also in March, the Hyde County Chamber at their annual dinner in Engelhard, presented Molasses Creek with its 2012 tourism award.

”Everywhere we go, people know them and the Ocrafolk Fest,” said Melissa Joyner, chamber executive director.  “We just thought it was well deserved and we wanted to acknowledge all that they do for tourism here.”

Molasses Creek is composed of Gary Mitchell, guitar and vocals, Marcy Brenner, mandolin and vocals, David Tweedie, fiddle and vocals, Lou Castro, guitar, dobro, bass and vocals, and Gerald Hampton, bass.  Their CD can be found in many shops on Ocracoke.

Visit them on their website at www.molassescreek.com. For bookings, please contact David Tweedie (252) 921-0260 or info@molassescreek.com.

The following list shows their recent ranking:


Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L

Based on 13,326 airplays from 150 different DJs

1. The Chieftains

2. The Steel Wheels

3. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer

4. Sarah McQuaid

5. Carolina Chocolate Drops

6. Mariel Vandersteel

7. Drew Nelson

8. West Of Eden

9. Molasses Creek

10. Red Molly

11. Altan

12. Emily Pinkerton

13. John McCutcheon

14. Bob Dylan

14. Jackstraw

14. Loretta Hagen

14. The Pines

18. I See Hawks In L. A.

18. Peggy Seeger

18. Steve Gillette And Cindy Mangsen

21. Cathy Fink And Marcy Marxer

22. Johnny Cash

23. Lara Herscovitch

24. Jack Hardy

25. Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs

25. Mary Black

25. The Refugees

28. Carrie Newcomer

28. Darrell Scott

28. Tim O'Brien

31. Cary Cooper

31. Lowen And Navarro

33. Gillian Welch

33. Greg Brown

33. Lyle Lovett

36. Joe Crookston

37. Anais Mitchell

37. Peter Mulvey

39. Cathy Jordan

39. Dennis Warner

39. Leonard Cohen

39. Richard Shindell

39. Truckstop Honeymoon


The following are the top folk songs in March:

 1. "Breaking Like The Sun" 

 by The Steel Wheels

 from "Lay Down, Lay Low"


2. "Rain In The Valley" 

 by The Steel Wheels

from "Lay Down, Lay Low"


3. "Hard Edge Of Livin" 

by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer

from "Little Blue Egg"


3. "Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key" 

 by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer

 from "Little Blue Egg"


5. "Mud And Stone" 

 by Loretta Hagen

 from "Mud And Stone"


6. "Halfway To Heaven" 

 by The Steel Wheels

 from "Lay Down, Lay Low"


7. "Lay Down Lay Low" 

 by The Steel Wheels

from "Lay Down, Lay Low"


7. "Lessons" 

 by Drew Nelson

 from "Tilt-A-Whirl"


7. "Mississippi Sawyer" 

 by Molasses Creek

 from "An Island Out Of Time"


7. "On She Goes" 

  by West Of Eden

 from "Safe Crossing"


11. "Country Girl" 

 by Carolina Chocolate Drops

 from "Leaving Eden"


11. "Hog And Sheep Going To The Pasture" 

 by Mariel Vandersteel

 from "Hickory"


11. "Summer Heat" 

by Emily Pinkerton

from "Ends Of The Earth"


14. "Amazon" 

by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer

 from "Little Blue Egg"


14. "Bohemian Highway" 

  by I See Hawks In L. A.

 from "New Kind Of Lonely"


14. "Cross Of Jesus" 

 by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer

 from "Little Blue Egg"


14. "Darkness" 

by Rose Cousins

 from "We Have Made A Spark"


14. "Flannery's Dream" 

by Mariel Vandersteel

 from "Hickory"


14. "Frost Is All Over"

    by The Chieftains

from "Voice Of Ages"


14. "Lift You Up And Let You Fly" 

by Sarah McQuaid

 from "The Plum Tree And The Rose"


14. "Pretty Little Girl" 

 by The Chieftains

 from "Voice Of Ages"


14. "Scat Reel Set" 

 by Molasses Creek       

from "An Island Out Of Time"


14. "Trickle Down" 

 by Atomic Duo

from "Broadsides"


14. "When The Ship Comes In" 

  by The Chieftains

 from "Voice Of Ages"


25. "Here To There" 

 by Drew Nelson

  from "Tilt-A-Whirl"


25. "May The Twain Ne'er Meet" 

 by Jackstraw

 from "Sunday Never Comes"


25. "Miner's Bride" 

by Karen Dahlstrom

from "Gem State (EP)"



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