As Carbon Leaf approaches their 20th year of award-winning recording and touring, the band’s rigorous path of independence continues, focusing on writing, producing and releasing new material directly to their fans. 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 where they formed in 1992 and known for high-energy live shows, the band signed on with Vanguard Records for a three-album stint in 2004. Along the way, Carbon Leaf scored hit singles at both AAA and Hot AC Radio with “Life Less Ordinary” and “The Boxer,” placed first in the International Songwriting Competition, won an American Music Award, and recorded the music for Universal’s Curious George II soundtrack in 2010. 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.”
“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”.