The eclectic mix of songs that comprises “Caffeinated Heart” is rooted in the contemporary singer-songwriter tradition, but fortified with a healthy dose of rock-and-roll and tempered with a sweet dusting of bluegrass. In this, their debut album, the Carrborators ponder the challenges of the twenty-first century, with thoughtful lyrics that are intensified by the carefully-crafted harmonic structure of the music. The result is pure acoustic Americana, served with a shot of caffeine (the original fuel additive).
The Carrborators are based in the entwined municipalities of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, deep in the heart of the North Carolina Piedmont. Their music features sweet two-, three-, and four-part vocal harmonies backed by a mix of guitar, mandolin, bass, and harmonica. Caffeinated Heart also includes guest appearances by fiddler Bobby Britt (Town Mountain, Big Fat Gap), banjoist Chandler Holt (Chatham County Line), guitarist Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section), drummer Mitch Easter (Sneakers, Let’s Active), and percussionist Colin Cannell (Skylark, the Donnybrook Lads).
The album was recorded in Chapel Hill by Chris Stamey (the dBs, the Chris Stamey Band).