Lazaretto Creek Band

Take the country-blues of Hank Williams and mix in the harmonies of the Everly Brothers. Then add a blend of the Americana sound of the Band and John Prine. Combine all that with the original tunes of frontman Thomas Oliver, and you have the Lazaretto Creek Band.

A mix of folk and country, blues and swing. Original and classic.

Or as Connect Savannah says, “the swingin’ country-folk sounds of the Lazaretto Creek Band, fronted by down-home singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver.”

And again: “From toe-tapping, catchy country tunes to haunting, wistful story-songs, the prolific writer [Thomas Oliver] is refreshingly versatile in both style and narrative.”

Even when performing well-known covers, the Lazaretto Creek Band brings its own soulful interpretations. This isn’t a cover band, mimicking another’s sound.

The Lazaretto Creek Band spotlights Chip Zulliger as the mainstay on lead guitar, as well as resonator and bass. Tom Freeland clicks it into a groove with his customized, cajon-based percussion. They are sometimes joined by two of the Coastal Empire’s best loved musicians — Roy and Martha Swindelle — he on slide and she on accordion.

Lazaretto Creek Band:

Thomas Oliver – Vocals, Guitar
Chip Zulliger – Lead Guitar
Tom Freeland – Percussion
David Duennebier – Bass



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