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Album Review

With Indian Summer, Carbon Leaf takes the leap from "America's preeminent unsigned band" to a member of Vanguard Records' roster. Hailing from Richmond, VA, vocalist Barry Privett, multi-instrumentalist Carter Gravatt, bassist Jordan Medas, drummer Scott Milstead, and guitarist Terry Clark concoct a solid pop/rock sound filled with lots of acoustic and electric guitars and good harmony. The opener, "Life Less Ordinary," reveals that despite Carbon Leaf's D.I.Y. background, the band is quite capable of making radio-friendly tracks. Even with a large arsenal of non-pop/rock instruments — mandolin, lap steel, and bouzouki — the overall blend works in accord with the vocals on catchy tracks like "What About Everything?" and "Raise the Roof." The instrumental firepower also gives the band and producer John Morand lots of elasticity in matching the arrangement to the mood of each song. There's the nice acoustic underpinning of "Let Your Troubles Roll By," the heavy guitar work on the bridge of "Changeless," the guitar runs and steady backbeat of "This Is My Song!," and the heavy bass that anchors "Grey Sky Eyes." Of course, none of this would work so well without good vocals, and Carbon Leaf is blessed with more than one good singer. A solid entry into the mainstream, Indian Summer seems to promise more good things from Carbon Leaf. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Can listen over and over and over

One of my favorite albums of all time.

Deep and light at the same time

I could listen to this album again and again...each song has deep meaning yet the band never gets in over thier head, and the lyrics and rhythm are intoxicating. I start listening, and before I know it, I've listened to the whole dang album again! Just great can hear them having fun as they play.

Excellent from start to end

Carbon Leaf really came into their own on this release, it’s not only their best record, but one of the best pop/rock records of the last 10 years. Great songwriting, lyrically and musically, and excellent musicianship. Yet, despite the polish, it maintains a sense of independence, and that’s what really sets this record apart. There were a few big singles on Indian Summer, but really, almost every track is a winner. I recommend buying the whole thing.


Formed: 1992 in Richmond, VA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Carbon Leaf's brand of rootsy, Celtic-influenced rock originated in the same Richmond, VA, scene that nurtured Dave Matthews Band, Agents of Good Roots, and Pat McGee Band. Guitarist Terry Clark, vocalist Barry Privett, bassist Jordan Medas, guitarist Carter Gravatt, and drummer Scott Milstead built up a considerable following and were soon releasing albums through their own label. Meander appeared in 1996, with Shadows in the Banquet Hall and Ether-Electrified Porch Music following in quick succession....
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