The Texas singer-songwriter, who was born in Maine, has a compelling raspy tenor that suits his folk-pop-country tunes. Cleaves the songwriter is a man of his generation (He's in his early 50s.) and of the times, with an ear for the lyrical possibilities of plain-spoken English as well as the memorable phrase. Both qualities can be heard on his 2000 album, "Broke Down." Fans say his most recent album, "Still Fighting the War" from 2013, displays the same gifts.
Since his 1992 self-titled debut, the Pennsylvania singer, guitarist, and songwriter Jeffrey Gaines has been praised for his rough, soulful voice, the originality of his lyrics and the stripped down production values of his recordings.
Guitarist Grant Gordy is a graduate of the Harvard University of bluegrass - the David Grisman Quintet. He left the group in 2014, after six years, to go on his own. He released his self-titled solo debut in 2010.
With a new writing partner, Richard Bush proceeded to whip up a catalog of very presentable new tunes and with the estimable assist of guitarist John Marchiano, drummer Bruce Rogers and the bass and zeetar styling of Michael Vogelman, the Peace Creeps were born.