52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
2013 was Carbon Leaf’s most ambitious year yet as a fully independent band, releasing two full-length albums, Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle and Constellation Prize six months apart from each other.
For 2014, the band is taking a quick breath to look back at their 2004 album, Indian Summer, by celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary with a complete re-recording and a 50 city tour this fall.
Lead vocalist Barry Privett:
“The timing was perfect since we had just come off of 5 album releases back-to-back since leaving the label in 2010. We were ruminating on what the next batch of songs would look like when we realized Indian Summer was going to be 10 years old this fall! We gained a lot of new exposure with “Life Less Ordinary”, making it to #5 at AAA and #28 at Hot AC radio, so we wanted to acknowledge the album’s anniversary, as it was a fan-favorite and a very seminal album for us. There was only one problem – our former label owned the master recording, so we were pretty limited as to what we could do. However, we owned the songs, and after doing a little digging through the contract, we found a work-around that opened up an opportunity for us to simply re-record the album anew, so that’s what we did. Now, we have a great way of celebrating an album that helped us widen our audience, while putting Indian Summer back under the band’s wing again.
“We left our label in 2010, partly so that we could adopt a more rigorous release schedule and not wait to release an album every 2 years. We wanted to see how far we could push ourselves musically so we set about a rigorous agenda for writing, recording, releasing and touring. With 5 projects released since 2010, plus the Curious George II soundtrack for Universal and U.S. tours behind them all, it’s been an intense time to say the least, so looking back at some of the music that shaped our career earlier on, while trying to crawl into that creative space you were in back then but with fresh eyes and ears, is very gratifying. We think fans are going to really enjoy Indian Summer Revisited.”
On Shannon Labrie's debut album Just Be Honest, she kicks off the proceedings by staring down her demons and admonishing her biggest fears with "Secret," a retro-R&B influenced song laced with vibrant horns. The young songwriter comes by her fears honestly, battling a serious (and ongoing) illness at age 9 and losing her father at 14. She grew up fast, at first rebelling, then spending several years on a curious solo journey across the country studying philosophy, theology and writing songs before settling into Nashville's thriving independent music scene.
Adept on the piano and guitar, the singer/songwriter says she was "raised on James Taylor and Lauren Hill." Music Connection named her as one of the "Best Unsigned Artists of 2012" and she was featured alongside Brooke Waggoner, Matthew Perryman Jones and others on the Nashville Indie Spotlight, a digital sampler available exclusively on iTunes.
Just Be Honest, which was released by Zodlounge Records, debuted in the Top Ten of iTunes' Singer/Songwriter chart in February 2013. Perhaps the song that has gotten the most attention is "I Remember A Boy," backed by soulful guitar tones that hint at Daniel Lanois. The track was an American Songwriter "Daily Discovery" and Bob Lefsetz singled it out in The Lefsetz Letter, noting: "This track affected me. Made me believe like the great singer-songwriters of yore, maybe this woman has something to say. That in this crazy, mixed-up, shook-up world she can illuminate her story and people can relate."
The title song is a lush, rich plea that would fit alongside a playlist that includes Carole King and Norah Jones. "Gettin' Tired" reveals Shannon's penchant for jazz, a gift from her father, who "played original, complicated and beautiful songs regardless of the fact that he was never professionally trained," she shares. "Heartache of Love" showcases her talent on piano and reveals her more intimate side, reveling in the feelings of love and loss, while a contagious optimism shoves the dark clouds aside in "Love Somebody."
"In my darkest moments of loss, doubt and pain, I've been shown what it looks like to love someone and to be loved. My closest friends didn't run, didn't give up, and didn't let me sink. They stuck with me and brought me to the other side," recalls Labrie. "I hope my music can do the same for someone else."
$18 advance / $20 day of show
The Sinclair is general admission standing room only.
Tickets available at TICKETMASTER.COM, or by phone at 800-745-3000. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.
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