The Prettiest Bird album was co-produced by Susan Pepper and JoeBass DeJarnette, recorded at Studio808a in Floyd, VA, and mastered by Mike Monseur in Nashville, TN. “Deep Creek” is Susan Pepper on vocals and banjo; Julie Chiles on fiddle and harmony vocals; and Zeb Gambill on guitar.
The wonderful camera and video editing for the video was done by Rebecca Branson Jones, and the sound was recorded live in the mountains of Western North Carolina by Rebecca Branson Jones. “Crying a deep creek over you” is a ubiquitous sentiment, and so is the hope Susan Pepper offers. This reminds you once again why bluegrass is the original music of mountains and nature.
“Deep Creek” alludes to the timeless experience of yearning—yearning that like a raging creek never ceases to flow–with references to “Barbara Allen,” “Willie Moore” and “Two Sisters.” While these traditional ballads end in death and tragedy, “Deep Creek” culminates with a couple of life-affirming verses that suggest it’s possible to embrace complex parts of ourselves and find a deeper sense of self beyond one’s own true love. The real Deep Creek runs through the Smoky Mountain National Park near where the songwriter lives. — Susan Pepper
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