Through 24 years, 16 albums and 2300 live shows, Carbon Leafs independent spirit and vibrant music continues to resonate with their fans.
Blending folk, Celtic, bluegrass, Americana and rock traditions into what the group calls Ether-Electrified Porch Music, the Virginia quintets songs of life, love, heartbreak and landscape are independently written, recorded and produced from their own studio in Richmond.
After 5 years of intense touring, Carbon Leaf reduced their 2016 road schedule to focus on some lingering projects, including the release of Nothing Rhymes With Woman, the third and final re-recorded album originally released through their formal record label. Along with the completing new versions of Indian Summer (2004) and Love Loss Hope Repeat (2006), the bands goal of regaining 100% ownership of their music catalogue was achieved.
The band will be performing in 2017 behind a U.S. tour and a collection of new songs inspired by acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bass, drums, cello, banjo, penny whistle, pedal steel, accordion and rich vocal harmonies.
The folky pop-rock quintet Carbon Leaf hails from Richmond, Virginia. Like Dave Matthews (another product of the Richmond scene), Carbon Leaf mix roots rock, jam band, and adult alternative tendencies, while throwing in some Celtic elements for good measure. A series of albums released on the band’s own label preceded ECHO ECHO, Carbon Leaf’s breakthrough effort. That album’s “The Boxer” gained attention, and the band performed the song live on the American Music Awards, leading to national recognition. INDIAN SUMMER appeared on Vanguard Records in 2004, and was followed by LOVE, LOSS, HOPE, REPEAT (06) and NOTHING RHYMES WITH WOMAN (2009). ~ Rovi
Carbon Leaf is a five-piece rock band from Richmond, Virginia that is known for their Celtic / Bluegrass rock that was featured more prominently on their early releases on their own label, Constant Ivy Music. Their more recent albums, since signing to Vanguard Records in 2004, are more mainstream rock, though they still retain the influences of their Virginian music scene roots. On March 20, 2010 in a radio interview on WCNR the band announced that they are leaving Vanguard Records with the aim to release music more frequently and via media other than CD.
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“Virginia natives Carbon Leaf weave their signature indie-rock blend of Celtic, Appalachian, folk, and country into a rousing new brand of music best described as ‘ether-electrified porch music’.
The five-man band's steadfast arrangement of guitar, bass, drums, and mandolin is rounded out with more exotic instruments, like the bouzouki, fiddle, accordion and penny whistle, all tied together by lead singer Barry Privett's bold, straightforward baritone.
Long beloved in their hometown of Richmond and known for high-energy live shows, the group entered onto the national scene in 2002 by winning an American Music Award with the Irish-tinged hit “The Boxer,” a narrative about a fighter who's at the top of his game but scraping the bottom of love's barrel.
Pioneering dreams, broken hearts, Love’s renewal - all traverse the American landscape as common themes in Carbon Leaf's music, as is reflected in the dark, bluesy “Another Man's Woman,” and “Miss Hollywood,” a Southern-twanged ballad about the angst of dating an enormous sign.”