As Carter Gravatt, guitarist/violinist/mandolinist/bouzouki-ist for Richmond, VA’s Carbon Leaf notes, “not many people can say that the first band they’ve been in is the only band they’ve been in.” Oh, how true it is. In an industry where many bands are known for fraternal feuds, internal sexual politics, drug-fueled struggles, and the infamous disease known as LSD (Lead Singer’s Disorder), Carbon Leaf have an [original band members] to [band longevity] ratio which dwarfs that of most other acts.
The five-piece band, which takes a pinch of rock, a dash of bluegrass, and a sprig of Celtic influence to create a musical pie of awesomeness, is currently on tour opening up for Toad the Wet Sprocket. And prepping the release of a live CD/DVD. And putting together a full-length album for the fall. And will drop an EP or two in-between. Will they invade Switzerland too? I mean, I would. They’re neutral, so it’s not like you’d really be pissing anyone off. Plus, all that cheese. Mmmm. But back to the lecture at hand.
Carbon Leaf took the time to chat with us about all their up-coming projects, the choreographed elements of their stage show, the importance of finding parking here in Gotham, and much more.