Carbon Leaf

Carbon Leaf

In 2014 Carbon Leaf faithfully re-recorded their biggest album, Indian Summer, in order to regain control of the songs they owned, but that were contained on a master recording that their former record label, Vanguard Records, held rights to. For 2015, the band is repeating this successful formula by re-recording their 2006 sophomore effort, Love Loss Hope Repeat. Only this time, Carbon Leaf is not remaining faithful to the original.

“After coming off of a successful 2 year tour behind Indian Summer, the label was eager to keep momentum going so we dove head first into the studio, without really having the new songs developed,” says Carbon Leaf’s front man Barry Privett. “This, coupled with an extremely small window for recording resulted in an album of songs we believed in that just didn’t reach their recorded potential. For the re-recording, we get the chance to address all of the things we didn’t like, or that didn’t work. Now, it’s a completely different album. It was a blurry time and we were left scratching our heads, and vowing not to adhere to a schedule just for the sake of keeping on schedule if the work is not done.”

“With Love Loss Hope Repeat Reneaux, the band achieves a more textured album that envelops the listener. “The original album was just so aggressive, heavy on vocals and drums, and the acoustic instruments were pushed to the side. It just always felt like we were selling something or like every song had to sound like a radio single. There was just no nuance to help the stories breathe.”

In addition to wanting to get the music right, it’s paramount for the band to have complete control over the songs they write, now that they have embraced being independent artists once again. With owning a new master recording, they no longer have to watch a chunk of their recorded history get funneled to a label they are no longer in business with.

“We have been together 23 years now, and our fans love this idea, of re-
recording existing music in between the new releases, and hearing the
band evolve as we re-acquaint them with music from our catalogue. In
doing so, we are also introducing a lot of newer fans to music that they
haven’t even considered. Our bassist and drummer haven’t even played
on some of the earlier stuff, and yet have been with us for 7 years now,”
Privett says.

Grace and Tony

She played bluegrass. He played punk… When Grace Schultz and Tony White met, they fell in love and the music just followed after.

“I had seen Grace play years ago and, not only was I impressed, I developed a serious secret crush,” Tony reminisced. “When I found out that she was learning mandolin and banjo, I took a shot and asked her to jam with me. The rest is history.”

Exposed to music early on in their lives by family (Grace’s liked the Southern styles from gospel all the way to rock, while Tony learned from his brother, John Paul White of The Civil Wars fame), Grace & Tony experimented with an unlikely blend of genres by mixing punk, folk, bluegrass, and Texas swing, to create something new. What resulted was a blend of music for those searching for what’s beyond the norm: “Punkgrass” was born.

“Punkgrass is simply a natural fusion of my punk rock background, and Grace’s southern gospel and bluegrass upbringing,” stated Tony. “It isn’t forced, it’s very organic and it stands out because it’s a real fusion of what’s new and old. We play whatever pops into our heads; from classic rock to southern gospel, we scratch every itch. It’s dark, yet happy; silly, yet serious. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun to play.”

Crafting and singing lyrical tales of murder, addiction, and lost love that are wrapped in a happy twist, Grace & Tony honed their newfound brand of music on the sidewalks of downtown Nashville with no idea where their music might lead them. Showcasing an ability to create emotionally connective music, they built a solid fan base of dedicated listeners the old fashioned way… one by one.

“We made ourselves available,” said Grace. “We appreciated every single one of our fans, and set out to answer every single question they had. We are making music that isn’t for everyone so we had to pick them off one at a time to build our audience. It worked and they began asking for more music!”

Working with Lloyd Aur Norman and Stephen D. Jones of Villain Place in Nashville, Grace & Tony released the acoustic EP, Inside A 7-Track Mind, in 2011. Since then, doors have opened and they have succeeded in their goal to be heard by bigger audiences by headlining the historic Crockett Theater (Lawrenceburg, Tenn.) and performing on the legendary “Daytrotter Sessions,” Balcony TV, and Knoxville’s “Blue Plate Special” programs. In addition, two of their videos (“Let You Down,” “November”) are being played in regular rotation on The Country Network.

In anticipation of a full-length release, the young couple launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and the resulting November will be released via Rock Ridge Music on November 11, 2013. Accompanied by a full band to fill out their unique sound, this album answers the most common question the couple is asked, “What do you call this music?” You see, for Grace & Tony, November defines the sound “Grassphemy,” a progression of the style “Punkgrass.”

“This album is the next chapter for us, it’s a new set of stories we need to tell,” said Tony. “This music is more mature and shows our natural progression as songwriters. We battle tested the songs and chose the ones that would represent our growth as a duo.”

A lover of English literature and old-style murder mysteries, Grace’s influence on the album is stamped like an antique wax seal; it’s no accident that the album listen is like an epic musical storybook filled with engaging superhero-like characters struggling with love, loneliness, and the identity of self. November is 11 haunting and elegant chapters featuring heroic protagonists in a variety of settings taking on evil mastermind kidnappers, electromagnetic bombs, schizophrenia, and, perhaps the trickiest of all, their own minds. Those looking for that breathtaking happy ending won’t be disappointed either — as the stories come to a close, and an imaginary “The End” is heard, Grace & Tony live happily ever after.

More opportunities for Grace & Tony wait on the horizon as they begin promoting November and prepare for its radio release later this fall. Their dance card is filling up quickly as shows are added to their schedule on a regular basis too, and the duo has inked a deal with Rock Ridge Music, who will be releasing November on November 11, 2013. To further the excitement, they got married in July 2013. Matrimony will no doubt provide more stories and be an influence as they solidify their union and create more music together.

So, as they continue to gain fans and industry acclaim, we can’t help but ask: What’s next for this amazing, super duo?

Well, we certainly can’t wait for the sequel.

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