The Carrborators | Caffeinated Heart

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Caffeinated Heart

by The Carrborators

Original acoustic music with a contemporary feel. Rich vocal harmonies are layered over a tightly-knit ensemble of guitar, mandolin, bass, harmonica, dobro, fiddle, banjo, piano, and percussion... occasionally, there is even a glockenspiel!
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. The Wrong Song
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2. Boy with a Gun
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3. What You Done to Me?
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4. The Only Blue
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5. River of Love
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6. Wolf Moon
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7. Pine Dust
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8. Train to Kinston
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9. Geraldine
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10. When I Slip Away
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11. Mind Over Matter
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12. Eden
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13. Quilt of Faded Tears
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14. Caffeinated Heart
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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).


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Joe Ross

Affable contemporary folk sound with genuine sincerity
From North Carolina, The Carrborators are a folk quartet that presents all original material written by acoustic guitarist Michael Goy. The rest of the Carrborators are Brian Lewis (mandolin, guitar, Dobro, piano, glockenspiel), Kent Rossman (electric bass), and Alyson Scoltock (harmonica). All four band members sing, taking turns with lead and backup vocals. Many of their songs incorporate three-part harmony throughout, and songs like “What Have You Done to Me?,” “Quilt of Faded Tears,” “Boy with a Gun,” and “Caffeinated Heart” are well-wrought entries in the acoustic field of folk. The band’s sound, however, does suffer somewhat from a recurring sameness in rhythms, tempos and melodies. My favorites quickly became those with Alyson’s lead vocals, as well as the rocking closer “Caffeinated Heart.”

As this set of 14 songs approaches its halfway mark, the band chose to change the opening mood slightly with three consecutive duets. Perhaps the sequencing of the songs on this album should have more widely dispersed these three numbers. “Wolf Moon” pairs the voices of Goy and Scoltock to tell a tale of how to get by in life despite hardships and poverty. They have a nicely pleasing blend, not like the song’s analogy to the “ragged voice of an old guitar.” Chandler Holt’s banjo is a nice addition. With similar tempo, the next cut (“Pine Dust”) has Lewis and Scoltock relating an environmental theme of a hardworking lumber mill worker “dancing with the ghosts among the trees.” Written in memory of Goy’s father, “Train to Kinston” introduces us to the Veteran who liked to ride the rails, didn’t like to dance, and drank every morning from a golden china cup. Dedicated to the memory of Lightning Brown, “Eden” with its four vocal tracks is the most harmonious cut on the album. Besides Holt, other guests on the album are Bobby Britt (fiddle), Will McFarlane (electric guitar), Mitch Easter (snare drum), Chris Stamey (glockenspiel) and Colin Cannell (percussion). The Carrobrators have an affable contemporary folk sound with genuine sincerity. I’m sure they’re all real nice folks. I’m only left wishing that their songs were a tad more memorable and had messages that I can personally embrace and relate to my own experience. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Review)