Carbon Leaf

Oct. 17 • 20th Century Theatre

Oct 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

It’s been 20 years since five friends at Virginia’s Randolph-Macon College began practicing in a campus auditorium with an aim toward finding the musical Venn diagram center of Folk, Indie Rock, Celtic and Alt Country.

The quintet dubbed their collective Carbon Leaf, started their own label, Constant Ivy Music, and embarked on a dozen-year run as a phenomenally successful independent band with a quartet of excellent studio albums (Meander, Shadows in the Banquet Hall, Ether-Electrified Porch Music, Echo Echo) and a well-received live album (5 Alive), which was released just after the band gave its blessing to fan taping and the posting of concerts on the Live Music Archive at

In 2004, Carbon Leaf signed with major indie Vanguard, tapping into an even wider audience with greater exposure for their next trio of albums (Indian Summer, Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat and Nothing Rhymes with Woman) through high-profile touring opportunities and television and film placement.

The year 2010 was a watershed one for Carbon Leaf; after splitting from Vanguard early in the year, they self-released How the West Was One and the holiday-themed Christmas Child, while the Denon Music soundtrack to the second Curious George movie featured six new or newly recorded Carbon Leaf songs.

Last year saw the release of the band’s second official live album Live, Acoustic...And in Cinemascope! and they’re currently recording new material for a studio album that will likely drop sometime next year, proving that Carbon Leaf’s freshly independent third act may be their most successful and satisfying.

CARBON LEAF performs Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 20th Century Theatre in Oakley. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.