About Us

Bear Creek is an eclectic blend of musicians who interpret and create American Roots music drawn from several different genres. We are influenced by alt.Country, the Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, Country, and even Heavy Metal.

 Members include;
 
Craig Juan - Bass guitar + vocal.
After numerous “garage bands” thru high school, CJ wound up playing bass in the country-western saloons & military clubs of the San Francisco Bay Area with many combinations of great players. Founder of the first west coast Grateful Dead tribute bands, “Dead Air” in 1976. CJ has been a member of Moby Grape, Jerry Miller Band, Sam Andrew Band and has had the fortune of sharing stages with numerous “San Francisco Sound” veterans. In 1995, “Project Grape Escape” CD was released. CJ had vocal & bass duties and co-produced. The project included members of Moby Grape, Grateful Dead and other insanely talented players. His major influences are Van Morrison & Frank Zappa who are included in his vast collection of live bootleg recordings. Bear Creek Band is now his home. It feels good. Real good. All for the song.

Dave Jackson
on guitar, vocals, and ukulele. 
Dave is a all but a Southern Oregon native who has come to American Roots music by osmosis.  He has played in numerous jam bands and has a great catalog of old acoustic rock and blues tunes best suited for a campfire jam.  It's all about the music for Dave. Dave is also a DJ with Jefferson Public Radio.

Kim Mericle on guitar and vocals 
Kim was raised on the coast of Georgia and influenced at a young age by Loretta Lynn.  Kim carries the South in her blood and spreads it through her songs.  Inspired by Blugrass, Country, and Alternate Country/Fusion, Kim loves an electric guitar alongside a banjo melody topped with tight harmonies.  The best compliment for Kim is to have someone dance to her music.  She joined Bear Creek after playing in her band, Kim and he Moonshiners.  She seems to know everyone. Kimm serves double duty as a DJ for JPR Radio and has a weekly show on Freewillradio.org under the moniker of "Georgia Lee."

Jimmy MacCleod  Guitar and vocals
Jimmy was raised on Flamenco, Dixieland, Big Band, and Bossa Nova.  Jimmy hails from the San Francisco Bay area but has finally come home to Southern Oregon and American Roots Music.  It's been a long, strange trip for Jimmy but he does love the twang of a country guitar.

Peter Sheil on banjo, mandolin, guitar, and vocals
Born in England, raised in Australia and settled on the west coast of America since 1983, Peter fell in love with the banjo and bluegrass music at age 40 and hasn't looked back since. He is not confined to bluegrass however, having been exposed to different genres via Bear Creek Band that enjoys blending Americana, blues, jazz, country as well as traditional bluegrass into an eclectic mix. Peter is moving into the arena of writing original music and hopes that one day his songs will make it on to the stage. 

Roger Lemstrom on vocals, guitar, mandolin, resonator, quatro, mandola, tenor banjo, harmonica, and sometimes, a regular banjo
Roger has played in numerous bands from the mid-70's on from Northern California to Seattle. After a brief hiatus, he and Peter began Bear Creek in Southern Oregon the Summer of 2009. Roger's influences are eclectic and world-wide in scope.  His musical tastes can flip from Orishas-a Cuban hip hop group to the Carolina Chocolate Drops.  Although Roger is multi-instrumental, he bought a diatonic accordian and is slowly learning how to use it.....this hurts the ears of everyone around him and can only practice when no one is around.  Even the dog wants to go outside.