Introducing The Musical Tour De Force of Julian Creech-Pritchett
College towns have long been a hotbed of musical activity with thriving local music scenes and a plethora of talented students looking to hone their craft.
The small town of Athens, Georgia can lay claim to the roots of superstar bands R.E.M. and the B-52’s while Austin, Texas and its love of all things weird has spawned the likes of Spoon, The Sword, and the SXSW Music Festival. Right here in the Piedmont of North Carolina lies another town with deep musical roots and a top notch local scene that will surprise you. I’m not talking about Charlotte or even Raleigh, although both cities can hold their own musically. In this case, the honor goes to Greensboro. With a world class School of music at UNC Greensboro and first rate venues like the Carolina Theatre and the Cone Denim Entertainment Center, Greensboro is on its way to becoming a musical mecca. Leading the charge of this new, musical revolution is UNCG student, Julian Creech-Pritchett.
Julian began his musical journey early with his first foray into music happening when he was just in the fourth grade. The Apex, North Carolina native and college sophomore has never looked back and has been busy playing and composing ever since. Julian is a vocalist as well as a multi-instrumentalist, playing drums and various percussion instruments as well as guitar and bass. He is also a serious creative force with three releases in just a little over a year’s time including his 2017 debut EP twentseventeen, his first full length album Break Me Down, and his most recent offering, the All In a Weekend EP.
With the exception of a few collaborations, Creech-Pritchett also composed all his own songs and performs all the instruments and parts on his releases. All In a Weekend was written about his experiences during his first year of college and is a nice showcase for all that Julian has to offer. The EP kicks off with “I Wanna Know,” a fast paced rocker that starts with a cool opening drum section before the guitar kicks in and the song takes on a life of its own. It has a real garage rock kind of feel. With screaming guitar leads and danceable beats, it reminded me of The Hives or The Strokes. Julian’s vocals are in fine form on “Maybe,” with its jangly guitar and laid back vibe. The title track features a solid groove while “Show Shoes” is a little bit of funk with some nice sax work from Julian’s friend Nick Vanbuskirk. The upbeat feel of “Love is the Answer,” proves that, just like the Beatles, all you need is love, and of course this little ditty. Closing out the EP is the stripped down feel of “Oh, Baby (Won’t you Stay With Me?,” complete with a whistling melody line and finger snaps galore.
You’ll also want to check out his most recent single “Jungle of Funk,” a jazz funk instrumental that came out on November 26th and since it’s the holiday season, don’t miss his cover of “Happy X-mas (War Is Over)” on his YouTube channel. The talented young man has also started his own record label,Yacht Club Records, not only for his own music but other local Greensboro artists as well with the hopes of the label’s first release in 2019. With a talent that goes far beyond his years, Julian Creech-Pritchett has what it takes to put not only himself, but the city of Greensboro on America’s musical map. Stayed tuned to his social media accounts as well as Shutter 16 for more from Julian.