On Carbon Leaf

Last night Carbon Leaf played a free concert in downtown Raleigh as part of 96 Rock’s FreeFest.

When I was a student at the University of Richmond Carbon Leaf would play the Cellar, the campus bar, about once a month. The Cellar was little more than a hole in the wall — very tiny venue that might seat about twenty people. Five piece band — drums, bass, rhythm guitar, lead guitar (and sometimes mandolin), and vocalist with their amp stack on a really cramped stage. You could get really close and lose your hearing for about a day. Good times.

I hadn’t seen Carbon Leaf since I left Richmond in 1999, though I’d kept up with their albums since. So last night I went downtown, and it was nearly perfect weather for an outdoor concert. Not a lot of people showed up, maybe a few hundred, and maybe a third were really into the band, including a very obvious set of groupies near the front.

Mainly they played songs off their fifth (and newest) album, Indian Summer, though there were a few songs, like “The Boxer” and “Torn to Tatters,” off their fourth album, Echo Echo. They played an hour-long set, and it was a very good hour. They weren’t quite the jam band that I remember from six years ago, but they had some long instrumental bridges that were quite interesting.

All in all it was a fun time.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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