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