July 12th, 2020 8:30pm Stage 3
Equally inspired by American indie, classic rock, and roots rock, singer/songwriter Caleb Caudle carved out a cult following with his 2010s albums Carolina Ghost and Crushed Coins. At its core, his songcraft is indebted to the Americana of the 21st century -- it has echoes of Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell -- but his records blend elements of the burnished country-rock of the '70s with spooky modern rock, creating a distinctive roots sound.
A native of the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina, Caudle began playing music as a teenager, notably with a group called the Bayonets. Initially inspired by punk, his tastes expanded to encompass rootsier music as he aged. He released an indie debut, Red Bank Road, in 2007 but didn't dedicate himself to music full-time until 2012, after the release of Tobacco Town. Two years later, he released Paint Another Layer on My Heart, which emphasized his heartland roots. Carolina Ghost, which followed in 2016, pushed him toward country, but for its 2018 successor, Crushed Coins, he teamed with War on Drugs producer Jon Ashley to create a moodier sound. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi