Caroline Doctorow is a singer/songwriter from Bridgehampton, NY. She has just released her fifth album, "Follow You Down" (Narrow Lane Records).
Caroline grew up in a literary family. Her father is renowned author E.L. Doctorow. Her mother is from the south and both of her parents played folk music as a hobby when she was a child. Caroline quickly became enamored of the folk stars that she met through her family such as Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Mimi Farina and Joan Baez, whom she counts as a significant influence.
As a teen, Caroline traveled the Greyhound bus line up and down the east coast, going to and performing in, many folk festivals. She spent her college years in Amherst, Massachusetts, mostly playing music and not going to classes very often.
Her performance of the classic folk song, "This Little Light of Mine" can be heard on the PBS series, "Freedom: A History Of Us", narrated by Katie Couric.
All the hard work is now beginning to pay off. On her upcoming new release, "Follow You Down", it is Caroline's songwriting that stands out. Many of the songs are dark in theme with a sublime use of language. "Will If You Want Me To" (the enclosed single and the opening track of the album) is just one example. The song has the sound of a classic. One can hear the many musical influences that run through her songwriting, yet the songs are undeniably hers. "The sound we were after on the record was live and untreated," explains Caroline. "The musicians were all in one room together, and we recorded the instruments as simply as possible. Each musician sounds as if they are sitting there playing their instrument right next to you. We also left my vocals alone and untreated. I like how I sound best that way, with no effects and no pro-tools. All the mistakes are left in, and so much more emotion comes across that way."
Over the years, Caroline's back-up band has included many luminaries in the acoustic music world including, on dobro, Cindy Cashdollar (Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams), on banjo, Eric Weissberg ("Deliverance") and on fiddle, Barbara Lamb ("Asleep At The Wheel").