You know what? We've got music. Fantastic music!

Cedar Creek is a CMA (Country Music Association) group that has been wowing the crowd for many years. Original country, Top 40 country and classic rock stream the airwaves at each performance. Voted top country band for numerous years in Maryland and Virginia, Cedar Creek does not disappoint. They have had 4 singles spun on small market radio, medium market radio, internet radio and overseas radio in the past 7 years which are "Wind Me Up", "Here's to You", "The Jerk" and "Defenseless" and each has won various awards for writing and/or air play. Versatile with their music, Cedar Creek can play anything from The Beetles to Jason Aldean to The Eagles to Kenny Chesney to Styxx and a whole lot more. 5 musicians, 5 vocalists and 1 amazingly good time at every performance!

Here is a list of some artists that Cedar Creek has performed with:

Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Joe Nichols, Confederate Railroad, Sammy Kershaw, John Anderson, Gary Allan, Gretchen Wilson., Big & Rich, Darryl Worley, Tracy Byrd, .38 Special, The Little River Band, The Warren Brothers, Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, Elliot Yamin, Patty Loveless, The Charlie Daniels Band, Randy Travis, Pinmonkey, Ronnie Milsap, Mark Wills, Steve Holy, Josh Turner, Hank Williams III, Shenandoah, Trick Pony, Buddy Jewell, Rachel Proctor, Marty Stuart, Ty Herndon,  Emerson Drive, Ricochet, John Berry, Kevin Sharp, Blue County, Cowboy Crush, The Kentucky Headhunters, Lorrie Morgan, Chris Cagle, The Swon Brothers, Austin Webb and Travis Tritt

Here is a list of some venues that Cedar Creek has performed at:

The Longbranch Saloon (Raleigh, NC.), The Wildhorse Saloon (Nashville, TN.), Phase 2 (Lynchburg, VA.), Sailwinds Park (Cambridge, MD.), The Richmond Coliseum (Richmond, VA.), The Carrington Pavilion (Danville, VA.), Innsbrook Pavilion (Glen Allen, VA.), The Altria Theatre (Richmond, VA.), The Chevy Chase Center (Chevy Chase, MD.), The Meherrin Theater (Emporia, VA.), Toby Keith's I Love This Bar (Newport News, VA.), Toby Keith's I Love This Bar (Woodbridge, VA.), The Eagles Nest (Virginia Beach, VA.), K95 CountryFest (Richmond, Va. & Doswell, Va.)

"Cedar Creek is the classic proponent of the country music sound" - DICK CLARK

"This is an exciting group of talented musicians with professionalism and energy" - FOX NEWS

"Cedar Creek always leaves their captive audience tapping and singing along" - WVHL 92.9 FM

The above speaks for itself. The venues, the artists and the comments are what make Cedar Creek a fantastic country music group. From spending time on Brad Paisley's bus or just taking a moment with country music fans, Cedar Creek is professional, talented and going places.

Meet Cedar Creek

Danny Kensy -Lead Vocals & Keyboards

   1975; Jimmy Hoffa disappears, Patti Hearst is arrested, BIC launches the first disposable razor and then I was born. I loved to sing, perform and play the piano growing up. There was nothing like a great country song and I could sing them all day. Throughout school there was a constant reminder to keep music in my life. School choir graduated to show choir, show choir graduated to musicals and musicals graduated to chamber choir and The Commonwealth Singers at the college of VCU and then onto Cedar Creek. It was a little tough sneaking into bars and clubs at 18 performing shows. I can't recall how many times I was 21 to the managers and owners. I loved to perform and still do. I love country music and always will. I love my life.

   I've had success and failure along the way; Success was writing my own tunes, winning awards for my own tunes and having them spun on radio in the U.S. and overseas. Nothing quite like that. Success was performing with some great musicians both regional and national along the way. Can't forget the time that Brad Paisley said "call me anytime" or when I shared a laugh with Gary from Rascal Flatts backstage. Those times are always good. Failures: ripping my pants on stage while performing and narrowly missing out on getting one of my tunes recorded by a major artist (not saying who but it happened twice). There are always failures but where there are failures there is success.

  "So go get those dreams of yours. I've found mine and still looking for a little more." -Danny Kensy


    Sam Keene - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards & Flute

   I was born in Southwest Virginia and grew up in Tennessee. My first musical instrument was a bugle I purchased in a Nashville pawnshop when I was 9 years old. My early influence was The Beatles and then soon found myself  listening to artists from a variety of genres such as Led Zeppelin, Chicago, Wilson Pickett, Merle Haggard, and a host of others. My professional career, which encompasses over 35 years, began as a percussionist and woodwinds player and I began playing guitar in college. I received scholarships to East Tennessee State University and David Lipscomb University where I received degrees in Music Performance.

   As a studio musician in Nashville, I worked at Music City Studio, Woodlawn Studio and RCA Studios. My first recording was with a group called The Concepts who later, with a new name, Corduroy Frog, were signed to RCA. Throughout my early career, I played in several regional bands, Milk and Honey, Isaiah, Falling Rock, Piedmont Market, Pyramid, Avatar and Ron Moody and the Centaurs. I have also opened for such well-known acts as Steppenwolf, Foghat, Blackfoot, The Jordanaires, Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans and many more.

   "My greatest reward is playing for people who enjoy and appreciate the music I play." -Sam Keene


Johnny Haney - Vocals & Bass Guitar
For over 35 years Johnny has been holding down the bottom in variety music genres. Johnny enjoys and excels at playing and singing R&B, Rock, Soul, Beach and Country music. And excel he does. There is no finer singing bass player in the land. In addition to extensive travel and playing countless venues, Johnny has appeared on various studio recording projects including completed record albums & cd’s, demos & jingles.

Some of the Bands & Artists Johnny has worked with include Merlin, The Andrew Lewis Band, Robbin Thompson, Steve Bassett, Ammon Tharpe, Donna Meade, Darlene Meade & Sunshine, Col Duck, Jammer, C.W. Rhythm, Smack Dab, Mary Ann Redmond, TKO, Melissa Lewis & The Straight Up Band, Hair Trigger, Phat Lu, Adrian Duke, Blackwater, The Griswolds, The Johns, Big Time, Silver Street, The Rotations, and of course, Cedar Creek!

Johnny’s gear: 1964 Fender Jazz Bass, 1962 Fender Precision Bass, an Eden World Tour 800 amplifier powering Eden D410-XLT & D210-XLT Cabinets and a Korg DTR-2000 Tuner.
“I love doing this and with the support from my family, being a professional musician has been a mainstay in my life. I am thankful and have been fortunate to learn, work and play bass with the finest musicians out there.” -Johnny Haney


John Caruso - Vocals, Guitar & Keyboards

Army brat: Born in Baltimore..Okinawa at 2..Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas at 4.Tuscaloosa, Alabama at 5.Alexandria, Va. from 6 to 18.settled in the Richmond Area after college. So here I a seriously talented Country/Pop-rock/Original band trying to make it big.

Got in the band with the first show on Jan. 4th, 2014 and am just trying to keep up with these guys. I am into such country bands as Steely Dan, Procol Harum and the Beatles..etc. My "temporary" job of 27 years is in the Computer Software Programming area. I am old. I am married to my lovely wife Caron. She is older than I am. I hope she doesn't see this.
We live on Roanoke Rapids Lake (good fishing) in a log cabin home looking over the cove/lake/creek and sit around trying to spot bald eagles in the cove. There was a Blue Heron in the cove until a short while ago. I think that the eagle had a hand in that. We all gotta live somewhere. Right ?!


Stu Grimes - Drums, Vocals

Stu became interested in the drums at the age of seven when he saw Buddy Rich play on TV, and after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, like thousands of other musicians, he was hooked. As a result, Stu has had a notable career playing, recording, and touring internationally with such acts as The Younger Brothers, The Coasters, BJ Thomas,  Johnny Rivers, Little Ronnie & The Bluebeats, Tinsley Ellis, Chuck Leavell, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, Robbin Thompson, The Wrest, Steve
Bassett, Big City, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Grassroots, The Taters, The Chris Stanley Band , and has also had the opportunity to perform with Derek Trucks, Randy Travis, Johnny Paycheck, Glen Campbell, and Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose. Stu joined
Cedar Creek during the summer of 2015.


Mark Imes - Sound Engineer / Drums

I was born and raised in Richmond, Va. where I reside with my wife and three children. I started playing the drums while in diapers by beating on pots and pans with wooden spoons. In the beginning of the fourth grade I talked to my parents about playing drums in the school band. Money was tight and I was given the choice to play drums or play baseball in which I chose the later. My older brother, Chris, convinced our parents that music was something that was in my blood. My parents somehow scraped up the money for the purchase of my first drum so I could play in the elementary school band.

I continued my musical studies throughout middle and high school where I was a member of the marching band. My professional career started after high school when me and a buddy started a band named Cedar Creek. I since then have worked with Ron Moody and the Centaurs as a monitor tech, then as a drummer and continue to perform with both Cedar Creek and Ron Moody and the Centaurs.

I have had a lot of regional success with both Cedar Creek and Ron Moody and the Centaurs and have shared the stage with popular artists such as Randy Travis, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Hank Williams III, Tracy Byrd, Teri Clark, Gary Allan, Gretchen Wilson, John Anderson and .38 Special just to name a few. My influences are Buddy Rich, Neil Peart and Gene Simmons but most of all my biggest influence was my brother Chris.

I take pride in my professionalism on and off of the stage. My motto is to work hard, have confidence in yourself and never forget your dreams.

"I get paid to set up and tear down but I play for free." -Mark Imes

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