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BONUS: Fresh Coast Creatives - Bonfires, books and banjos with Ashley Christopher

Silver Creek Revival (from L to R: Dane Moeggenberg, Sam Hess, Amanda Woodruff, Ashley Christopher, and Jack Jensen)
Silver Creek Revival (from left to right): Dane Moeggenberg, Sam Hess, Amanda Woodruff, Ashley Christopher, and Jack Jensen)

Ashley Christopher cut her teeth as a musician playing at small festivals and house parties. But she found her musical community in northern Michigan.

 Up North Lowdown - Interlochen Public Radio, NPR Network

Kalkaska's Ashley Christopher is a member of the folk band Silver Creek Revival where she and her bandmate Sam Hess perform lead vocals.

When she spoke with IPR, the band had just returned from recording part of their newest album — driving their beloved tour van down to a prestigious studio called the Green House in Indiana.

“It’s called the “Swaggin' Wagon,” Ashley said. “It actually has a horn that plays "La Cucaracha.”

But it wasn’t always nice studios and "La Cucaracha."

“When I was just out of high school,” Ashley said. “I would go to my buddy's basement and we would record some stuff like that video game Rock Band. We used a rock band microphone, but recorded on his computer."

Listen to the full story, from IPR's series "Fresh Coast Creatives." And subscribe to the "Up North Lowdown."

Support for Fresh Coast Creatives comes from the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network, inviting you to Fall into the Arts, and through an award from Michigan Arts & Culture Council.