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Richmond, United States (1992 – present)

Some bands insist on dragging listeners into their world, but Richmond, VA’s Carbon Leaf works towards a more admirable and considerably more difficult goal – that of letting perfect strangers feel that the band understands their world. Since 1992, the band has succeeded in doing just that — and on its third Vanguard release, Nothing Rhymes With Woman, has created a soundtrack suitable for multiple worlds.

“For me, this is an album that’s focused on growth and maturity, but it’s not deadly serious,” says front man Barry Privett. “I wanted to examine my life and the lives of my family and friends and do it with a little bit of a wink. The last thing I wanted to do was get all dark and overwrought.”

Privett and his bandmates dodge that pitfall with aplomb on Nothing Rhymes With Woman, the much-anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed 2006 offering Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat. As ever, the quintet — recently joined by drummer Jason Neal, a veteran of the southeast’s club circuit, and Seattle bassist Jon Markel — challenge themselves and listeners by steadfastly refusing to retrace old steps, bringing in like-minded collaborators (like Toby Lightman, who brings a burnished tone to her vocal parts on the gritty “Meltdown”) and taking off in plenty of new directions of their own accord.


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  • FunDrunk

    One Prairie Outpost

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • dannyboy8406

    New to Carbon Leaf? The band is offering a FREE 18 song sampler of their music right now available through NoiseTrade: Includes a couple tracks of their new album as well as some live 'official bootleg' recordings!

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • palanwen

    They're ok. Listening to them for the firs time. First thing that came to mind: Some kind of weird celitic/irish style crosses over with Greenday? Eh. Not bad.

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
  • fuzmeister

    Almost ten years after I first heard them and they still sound great! Can't wait for the new record!

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • vnt2761992

    The Boxer <3

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
  • JeanetteWall

    love carbon leaf? check out the latest from oar. their new album is out, and they have a brand new video for "heaven." watch here:

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Snarf_PS

    When I'm Alone (L)

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • TremerePuck

    Bestest band ever.

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • rok2slayr

    saw them with blue october in 06. good times.

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • reck345

    this is the one of two bands that i can always listen to and there songs never get old on me. with more plays there music does not get stale, it gets better. the other band is great big sea, which chances are if you love carbon leaf you will love great big sea just as much. contrary to what alot of people say on here, yes indian summer and echo echo are two albums that can not be topped, but there new stuff is just as good especially "how the west was one". the bottom line is, carbon leaf is the one band which i like, more like love, EVERY song they made.

    2 Apr 2011 Reply
  • thearodgers

    I've been looking for a band that sounds like Dispatch for a long, long time and I finalllly found one. I love them!

    31 Dec 2010 Reply
  • hwwood

    Native America is definitely one of their best to date.

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • DomeDweller

    Relatively recent discovery, but love them loads already.

    30 Aug 2010 Reply
  • readjunk

    Check out my awesome interview with Barry of Carbon Leaf.

    1 Aug 2010 Reply
  • atlamillia44

    seconding aircod1. saw them at a small venue in Greensboro NC and damn. they put on a great live show, and 'great' is kind of an understatement. so much energy. I was so impressed and had so much fun.

    2 Jun 2010 Reply
  • kflorence

    Indian Summer was their best, prior to that was good too, but this new stuff is weak...

    21 May 2010 Reply
  • aircod1

    one of the best bands out there. saw them live in a small venue in southwestern virginia, and they were unbelievable.

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • qurk

    These guys really grow on you!

    27 Jan 2010 Reply
  • houserpanic

    not really a fan of the new album i'll stick to ether electified, indian summer, echo echo, shadows from the banquet

    21 Dec 2009 Reply
  • renfaire_mama

    <3 Carbon Leaf!!! Have every album... amazing music! Even better LIVE in concert!!! :)

    13 Dec 2009 Reply
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