Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith

After playing a packed out show at Wilmington’s own Nomad, help us welcome Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps back to Delaware!

Since her arrival in Minneapolis during the fall of 2006 as an 18-year-old singer/songwriter, Caroline Smith has become a celebrated part of the Midwest artist community.

Her career began as a solo artist with a residency at Minneapolis' 400 Bar, a once reputable venue pivotal in shaping the careers of Elliott Smith, Conor Oberst, and local hero, Mason Jennings who less than a decade before began his own career with the same residency. Here she developed an independent sound which continues to be characterized by simple chord structures supporting sweet pop vocal melodies. Most recognizable in her music and the defining quality to her success is her alto singing voice quivering through vibrato, classic and controlled with the presence of Billie Holiday, Leslie Feist, and Joanna Newsom.

In 2007, Smith befriended drummer Arlen Peiffer (Cloud Cult), bassist Jesse Schuster, and multi-instrumentalist David Earl and the boys joined forces to support Caroline's folk tunes as the Good Night Sleeps.

In August of 2008, Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps released their debut full length, "Backyard Tent Set", recorded at the Devil's Workshop in Minneapolis with Chad Weis (Mason Jennings, Ben Kweller). The prominent sound is of gentle folk instrumentation- acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, glockenspiel while Caroline's singing floats above in innocent and playful imagery and catchy pop hooks. This independently released LP has made major waves online, on air, and on tour. Seven national tours and a constant circuit through the Midwest has garnered a committed following of audiences around the US.

In 2010, in celebration of several years of successful touring, Caroline and Good Night Sleeps bassist Jesse Schuster recorded a CD of live duo arrangements rooted in folk tradition. The limited edition "Live at the Cedar" was met with enthusiastic acclaim from fans around the states, and within 6 months of its release the disc was completely sold out.

Most recently, Caroline Smith and company have completed tracking a new full length entitled "Little Wind" at the Terrarium in Minneapolis with Jason Orris (Polara, Happy Apple, Haley Bonar). The record, mixed by Tom Herbers (Low, Dark Dark Dark, Andrew Bird), expands upon Backyard Tent Set's story-telling whimsy, but shifts its foundation from the simplicities of folk to greater nuances of musical arrangement and soundscape rooted in modern indie rock. Loyal to the heart of Smith's sound, Caroline's unforgettable and endearing pop melodies remain the proudest strength of the record. The record will find itself in your CD player on September 20th.

Ayo Awosika

Jazz/folk singer-songwriter, Ayo Awosika has soaked in the musical history of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Carmen McCrae; absorbed the songwriting knowledge of Joni Mitchell and Lizz Wright, while carving a niche for herself as a vocalist with prowess beyond her 24 years. Growing up in Northern Virginia outside Washington D.C., Ayo was exposed to the sounds of Luciano Pavarotti, Sade, Fela Kuti, Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Barbara Streisand, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin, and by the age of 14 a music career was the only one she could choose to passionately pursue.

The classically trained vocalist has transferred her aptitude for opera and art song to the world of jazz and beyond. Ayo aims to be a musician with more substance, more ability and more originality; an artist who has something to say. With a heritage rooted in West Africa and her travels abroad, Ayo has tweaked her style - mixing the complexity of jazz and soul with the honesty of folk and roots music, working to find the place where these worlds meet.

Welcome to the ever evolving world of Ayo… enjoy…

Marc Silver

Most people know Marc Silver as a bluegrass musician because of his band The Stonethrowers, but perhaps it is time to open your eyes to some other sides of Marc's influences. Marc's new record, A Miners' Town is dark, lurid, and electric. Its solicitous tales are gritty, prowling, and scathing adventures into betrayal, deception, lies, and false convictions. It is conceived of loud, angry, and layered guitars, peppered with acoustic ballads, haunting instrumental interludes, and even a bluegrass hymn.

With A Miners' Town, Marc tells of semi-fictional tales inspired by the sights, sounds, and testimonials of people who have been affected by the shale mining (extraction) industries. His stories are also personal, semi-biographical, and relate to the struggles of equal rights, coming out, and religious persecution of LGBTQ by religious leaders. The messages are subtle at times, direct at others, but all come from hours of introspection, research, and personal experiences. The sounds and message may be dark, but listen for the glimmers of hope too.



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