Band of Horses Drummer Creighton Barrett

The Grammy-nominated musician dishes on his favorite Charleston spots — and his last Bill Murray sighting
June 7, 2018Words by Luis Angel CancelPhotos by Jeff Masamori


In case you haven't seen it, twice a month we send a special email called The Rundown where we share a few things we and our friends are digging at the moment. It’s a quick guide featuring inspiring people and chock-full of tips to turn you on to some cool new stuff. For our Lowcountry edition, we chatted up the drummer of one of our favorite bands, Creighton Barrett from Band of Horses. When he's not traveling the world, playing to thousands of adoring fans, he's stationed in Charleston with his wife and two young daughters. He was kind enough to fill us in on his favorite local haunts but he refused to tell us his favorite surf spot. We'd say that's a fair compromise.

📍West Ashley 
Charleston, SC


Hometown food you crave on the road: 

I really love Xiao Bao Biscuit, they’re an incredible, modern Vietnamese lunch and dinner place downtown. Get the Mapo Dou Fu. And don't skip the cocktails.

Where to hide from mosquitos:

You can run but you can’t hide! Well, we do have Cinnebar, which is a rad movie theater with great food and drinks. But I don’t like to talk about it though because we currently don’t have a babysitter and my wife and I miss the movies more than anything.

Local bands worth a listen:

Sooooooo many! For starters: She Returns From War, Susto, Vanity Plates, Wolfgang Zimmerman.

Best place to go record shopping:

It'd have to be Vinyl Countdown, yep, that’s really the name of the shop. Rad selection and they also sell new and used hi-fi gear, which comes in handy especially when you absolutely must make it clear to your 2-year-old that Ride the Lightning has a way better guitar tone on said format.

Go-to order at Waffle House:

Easy. Give me an egg and cheese sammy, extra pickles, double hashbrowns "covered" and I'm set.

Where to catch live music:

Tie. Royal American and Tin Roof. I live right down the street from Tin Roof and it’s soooo sick. Great touring bands, great atmosphere and you might get served by punk legend Johnny Puke, he’s basically a walking encyclopedia of everything rad —and a little frightening.

For a more family-friendly outing:

Charlestown Landing, it’s the absolute best! There’s a zoo and a pirate boat for kids to climb around on with people dressed up in period garb. Yeah, go there! You might learn something too. But bring food.

Favorite surf spot:

I can’t share that info. But, let’s just say it has plenty of lefts.

Last time you saw Bill Murray:

He dropped off Jenny Lewis at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center when we were playing a show together. He was driving a fantastic early '90s, blue Volvo wagon. That was probably 5 years ago, but still to this day, unreal and very, very cool. Or classy. Or both?


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