A touring mainstay and an indie folk rock staple, this Virginia quintet's live show and musical style drift between Americana, indie rock, folk, bluegrass, Celtic and pop traditions using an array of instruments - acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, cello, bass, drums, accordion, penny whistle and rich vocal harmonies - to define the band's lively stage presence and sonic landscape. "We call it ether-electrified porch music," says Privett, using a phrase nicked from an earlier album of the same name when describing the band's expansive sound. "It's the sweet spot between the earnest roots music we grew up with and the textured electric rock side that gives us different places to go musically during the course of an evening."
Whether they are plugged in to amplifiers or huddled around a single 'Grand Ole Opry' style microphone,
Carbon Leaf radiates a warm, magnetic onstage presence that pulls the audience closer. Lyrically poetic with a wide range of musical styles, the band's live charm is its ability to make the concert feel as much of an electrifying event as it would be an intimate gathering of just family and friends. "Being both a folk band and rock band allows each song to breathe a little differently and creates an arc that keeps things interesting for the band and the fans." Privett said.
Carbon Leaf is Barry Privett (lyrics, vocals), Terry Clark (guitars, vocals), Carter Gravatt (guitars, strings, vocals), Jon Markel (bass, vocals) and Jesse Humphrey (drums, vocals).