Kinderhook Creek was a popular New Jersey country rock band in the 1970s and 80s. They kind of created a live bar band market for country rock music in the Jersey/NY club scene. They had a devoted following of fans that literally followed them from gig to gig.
They got serious enough about the music in 1973 to leave school for a time and give the music business a chance.
The other founding members were Yuri Turchyn on guitar, violin and vocals and Stan Taylor on pedal steel guitar. Craig Barry came on later on the drums and when the rest of us were graduating a few years later, Joe Breittenbach was added on lead guitar.
They played a regular circuit of venues (most of which are now gone) including The Wooden Nickel, Widow Brown's, The Gypsy, The Final Exam, Dodds Crest, Dodds Orange, Creations, The Beach House, the famed Stone Pony, the Royal Manor, Baby-O's, and The Joint In The Woods.
They later opened for the The Flying Burrito Brothers, Conway Twitty, Pure Prairie League, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Outlaws, Richie Havens, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Commander Cody, Poco and others in larger venues.
Kinderhook might be the Dutch word for “children on a hill” but most of the band was Ukrainian and Kinderhook Creek was a popular place for Ukrainians in New York state (near Albany) and hence the name.
Though a record contract and national tour eluded them, they played six nights a week for almost nine years, and were arguably the top drawing band in the state.
Kinderhook were the only unrecorded act to play the Central Park Schaefer Music Festival (1975), opening for Poco before 25,000 people.
They reunited in 2010 and are playing gigs in New Jersey.
Kinderhook at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ 9-20-13
An Empty Bottle, A Broken Heart & You're Still on My Mind; Still Feeling Blue; Diggy Liggy Lo
- Band Website
- Video of the reunited Kinderhook performing March 2010 in NJ on a bil with the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Lineup: Yuri Turchyn, Craig Barry, Andy Fediw, Jerry Kopychuk, John Greenaway and John Korba
- Listen to some tunes at myspace.com/kinderhookcreek