Carbon Leaf

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

Carbon Leaf

Leah Blevins

Fri, May 12, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$17.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

Carbon Leaf
Carbon Leaf
In 2014 Carbon Leaf faithfully re-recorded their biggest album, Indian Summer, in order to regain control of the songs they owned, but that were contained on a master recording that their former record label, Vanguard Records, held rights to. For 2015, the band is repeating this successful formula by re-recording their 2006 sophomore effort, Love Loss Hope Repeat. Only this time, Carbon Leaf is not remaining faithful to the original.

"After coming off of a successful 2 year tour behind Indian Summer, the label was eager to keep momentum going so we dove head first into the studio, without really having the new songs developed," says Carbon Leaf's front man Barry Privett. "This, coupled with an extremely small window for recording resulted in an album of songs we believed in that just didn't reach their recorded potential. For the re-recording, we get the chance to address all of the things we didn't like, or that didn't work. Now, it's a completely different album. It was a blurry time and we were left scratching our heads, and vowing not to adhere to a schedule just for the sake of keeping on schedule if the work is not done."

"With Love Loss Hope Repeat Reneaux, the band achieves a more textured album that envelops the listener. "The original album was just so aggressive, heavy on vocals and drums, and the acoustic instruments were pushed to the side. It just always felt like we were selling something or like every song had to sound like a radio single. There was just no nuance to help the stories breathe."

In addition to wanting to get the music right, it's paramount for the band to have complete control over the songs they write, now that they have embraced being independent artists once again. With owning a new master recording, they no longer have to watch a chunk of their recorded history get funneled to a label they are no longer in business with.

"We have been together 23 years now, and our fans love this idea, of re-recording existing music in between the new releases, and hearing the band evolve as we re-acquaint them with music from our catalogue. In doing so, we are also introducing a lot of newer fans to music that they haven't even considered. Our bassist and drummer haven't even played on some of the earlier stuff, and yet have been with us for 7 years now," Privett says.
Leah Blevins
Leah Blevins
From the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains came rising Nashville singer/songwriter Leah Blevins. Being born and raised in a musical family, music has always played a significant role in Leah’s life. While in her hometown of Sandy Hook, KY, she discovered her passion for expressing words, stories and life experiences through song. Her carefully crafted songwriting ability and smooth, soulful voice genuinely resonated with her audience. After days and nights of dreaming in Kentucky, Leah decided to pack up and make the move to Nashville three years ago.

Heavily influenced by church hymns and the great country and rock leading ladies such as Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, Leah’s distinct country bluesy style differentiates her from the ordinary singer/songwriter in Nashville. Her debut EP Runnin’, produced by Ken Coomer and released in 2015 introduced Leah to the world and captivated listeners with her rich voice and touching lyrics.

After Runnin’ was released, the world has taken to the sweet, soulful and intelligent Leah Blevins quite fondly. She has since been featured on Acme Radio Live, landed a publishing deal with BandWagon Red, toured around the south and had the honor of playing at multiple festivals such as The Revival Festival, Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival and Athens of the South Festival. True to her giving nature, Leah has also made sure to share her talents with those in need. Leah has given her time and efforts to cancer patients at charity benefits as well as hospitals in Mexico for stage four cancer patients.

Eager to share the new phase in her music, Leah has been hard at work preparing songs for her sophomore EP. Consistent with her EP Runnin’, the same leading ladies’ influences will be felt along with newer artists such as Dawes, Ryan Adams and Gillian Welch. The new project is due to release in 2017.
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801