In southeast Texas (near that part of the Piney Woods known as "The Big Thicket"), John's grandfather had a small farm about 20 miles from the Louisiana border. The farm itself took its name from the property's eastern boundary, Thickety Creek.
As a boy, John's dad learned to swim in that creek, and years later, he and John spent many wonderful days there in the quiet shade of the Texas pines.
In 1987 John commemorated this special place with his song "Thickety Creek." He named his first online presence thicketycreek.com, and with David's and Richard's consent, they took Thickety Creek as the name of their folk trio.
Singer-songwriters John Davenport, David Harbaugh, and Richard Leslie have fused their unique sounds together to create Thickety Creek, a special blend of Americana music with elements of folk, jazz, and bluegrass. Drawing from over 75 years of combined songwriting experience, every performance showcases a wealth of original material, plus a comfortable mix of familiar and some not-so-familiar standards.
You may recognize us as three-fifths of another group, Drinks on the House (if any group knows about fifths, it's Drinks). We enjoy performing with our bacchanalian brethren; however, Thickety Creek lets us display our full range of style and subject matter.
Like many singer-songwriters, each of us started with guitar. Over the years, we added a few other instruments to spice up the recipe.
Nowadays, Thickety Creek is known for its unique mix of six- and 12-string guitars, various ukuleles, mandonlin, fiddle, harmonica, accordian, and just about anything else we think we can use to make music.