Blending elements of Americana, bluegrass and folk with a strong Celtic undercurrent, Carbon Leaf produces a sound that the band's members like to think of as "Ether-Electrified Porch Music." In addition to releasing more than 15 albums across their two-decade-plus career, Carbon Leaf have played well over 2,000 shows around the world.
Carbon Leaf's background
Carbon Leaf's founding members began practicing together at Randolph-Macon College in 1992. After graduation, they moved to Richmond and released their debut album, 1995's Meander, on their own label.
Although Carbon Leaf enjoyed admirable success with their early offerings, it was the 2001 release of Echo Echo that marked a turning point for the band. The track "The Boxer" won them the very first Coca-Cola New Music Award and earned them the opportunity to play the song live at the American Music Awards.
Carbon Leaf's foray into commercial music
In 2004, Carbon Leaf signed with Vanguard Records. That year, they released Indian Summer, their first major label release. During their time on the label, two of their albums, Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat (2006) and Nothing Rhymes with Woman (2009) muscled into spots on the Billboard 200. The albums also each attained a No. 3 ranking on the Heatseekers Albums chart.
By 2010, Carbon Leaf returned to their indie roots and their own label.