Carbon Leaf

Western Reserve Folk Arts Association presents

Carbon Leaf

Liz Longley

Sat, September 30, 2017

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

The Kent Stage

Kent, OH

$22.50 - $26.50

Carbon Leaf
Carbon Leaf
With 16 albums and over 2,300 live shows spanning a 24-year career, Carbon Leaf’s independent music and spirit continue to resonate with its fans into 2017.
Blending folk, Celtic, bluegrass, Americana and rock traditions into what the group calls Ether-Electrified Porch Music, the Virginia quintet’s songs of love, life, heartbreak and landscape are independently written, recorded and produced from their home studio in Richmond.
After 5 years of heavy touring and recording, Carbon Leaf reduced it’s 2016 road schedule to focus on some alternative projects, including the release of Nothing Rhymes With Woman, the third and final re-recorded album originally released through their formal record label in 2009. Along with completing new versions of Indian Summer (2004) and Love Loss Hope Repeat (2006), the band’s goal of regaining 100% ownership of their music catalogue was achieved.
The band’s music incorporates acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bass, drums, cello, banjo, penny whistle, pedal steel, accordion and vocal harmony.
2017 will be another intense year of writing and recording for Carbon Leaf, with a U.S. tour planned behind the collection of new songs.
Liz Longley
Liz Longley
Longley confides with you as though you’re sitting on the sofa with her in a talk that’s intimate and vulnerable. And
now, the Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is set to share her confessional songs with
listeners on her self-titled album—her first after signing with Sugar Hill Records in December 2014.

While Longley’s songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci
Griffith—all artists she’s supported live—her latest effort spotlights a style all her own. Her voice and tone, touched
with the slightest of country inflections, pours out like clean, crystalline water.
Longley first felt the magic while growing up outside of Philadelphia. A song she wrote in ninth grade—her first ever—
earned a standing ovation when she performed it for the student body: “I was unprepared for that sort of reaction and
it was life-changing moment,” she says. “That’s when I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life.”
The track record she’s assembled since shows just how much Longley grew into her dream. She’s taken home top
prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon
Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest
Songwriting Competition.
But it all traces straight back to Longley’s first song. She says she’ll continue to open her soul in the service of her art
because that’s what matters most to her. “Every time I get into these songs they resonate with me because they’re
based on something I went through,” she says of the new collection. “I hope they connect with people and that they’ll
help with whatever they’ve gone through. That’s what music does for me, and I hope I can do that for someone else.”
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240
http://www.thekentstage.com/