SpringStreet will play Friday at 7:00 p.m.
SpringStreet got their start in 1990 when founding members, Mike Williams and Steve Carroll, went to Eureka Springs, AR to see "The father of bluegrass music", Bill Monroe, perform. The street next to the auditorium was named Spring street and so they simply chose that name as it seemed to fit well.
20 years later, the band has developed their own sound with a combination of bluegrass, gospel, folk, country, and even some classic rock-n-roll from time to time. This mix is finely served up "bluegrass" style.
SpringStreet has performed at many festivals in Oklahoma and the surrounding states. They are also veterans of television and radio in the area as well. Along with performing at these events, SpringStreet has also hosted their own show in Muskogee, OK called "Bluegrass On The Square". Since this event has been so successful in bringing new fans to bluegrass, SpringStreet has begun to take this show on the road to other towns and events.
Mike Williams: As a founding member of SpringStreet, Mike Williams has always had a great passion for bluegrass music. Known for his kindness and easy-going attitude, he has always been a great leader and promoter of the band. As a banjo player, you can count on Mike to work it until it's right. Not one to settle for something that's just good; Mike wants to be the best! This shows in his life and qualities. Mike also sings great harmony as well as lead vocals from time to time.
Dan Nieto: As another founding member of SpringStreet, Dan Nieto is a multi-talented musician and songwriter. Playing lead and rhythm guitar for the band, Dan's ability to touch your heart with a song is truly a gift from above. As a songwriter, his songs put his faith and Christian values to music in a way that is inspiring. As a guitarist for the band, his tasteful lead work and driving rhythm are always entertaining to watch.
Nick Alberty: While his mandolin playing seems smooth and effortless, Nick Alberty also shines while singing as well. His strong lead and harmony vocals have been a great asset to the band. A veteran performer in the area, having performed with several bands simultaneously, Nick is also well known for his songwriting, great rhythm guitar work, and arrangements of material.
Steve Huhn: While being the foundation of SpringStreet's rhythm, Steve has played banjo with the Bluegrass Offenders, and upright bass with Adam Lopez & the Lo Tops. Steve’s classic approach to the upright bass brings the band full circle with a foot-stompin’ rhythm anyone can love.
Roger Sparks: Our newest member, Roger Sparks,comes to us from Waldron, Arkansas with many, many years of musical experience. He began his musical career some 50 years ago, give or take. His first gig was playing lead guitar in his Dad's country band. While still in his Dad's band he began taking fiddle lessons from Gene Gasaway, who later turned out to be his musical mentor. Gene introduced Roger to the Western Swing style of music and the rest is history. He even got to share the stage with Gene for a couple of years playing twin fiddles in a dance hall band in Poteau, Oklahoma. Roger is also honored and humbled to have shared the stage with The Wilburn Brothers, Johnnie Lee Wills, Barbara Fairchild, Leona Williams and Shoji Tabucchi, just to name a few. Roger transitioned into Bluegrass when his brother, Russell, started playing the banjo. Before becoming a member of SpringStreet, Roger played with the Louisiana Grass for 24 years and before that The Bluegrass Express. Roger has been happily married to Tammie for 36 years. They have two children, Kayla and Cortland, and one grandchild, Cayman.