Winston-Salem singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle toured the world for the last 18 months, supporting his recent album Crushed Coins. Caudle’s success includes the exclusive Cayamo Cruise, his song “Borrowed Smiles” featured on CMT’s Nashville TV show 2017 season finale, and Rolling Stone editors selecting him for their list “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know.” Caudle’s versatility in straddling the songwriter and folk music worlds highlights his appeal to fans of a broad array of music.
Columbia music fans remember Caudle from his early solo days of Tobacco Town, an album Caudle recounts as “recorded in my friend’s living room, so that I’d have something to sell at shows that reflected the music I was making at the time.” His songwriting matured as his personal life stabilized — as much as it can for a guy who plays hundreds of shows. Now based in Nashville, Caudle and his wife tour together, providing their own sense of grounding while constantly on the move.
Crushed Coins reflects Caudle’s growth past “woe is me sad songs that aren’t that much fun to play night after night.” After getting sober five years ago, Caudle honed his writing, finding more universal themes to which many people relate. Caudle doubled-down on just being himself, not worrying about trying to be like other songwriters. As his drinking buddies faded away, his true friends rose. Caudle chose to embrace who he is, as is, and stopped trying to be something for other people.
Good life advice for us all.
Caleb Caudle hides aces up his sleeve, though. He recently recorded a new album in the historic Johnny Cash Cabin. This upcoming gem features Caudle more in his present touring mode, whether solo or backed by a band. They recorded live, with everyone playing at once (the traditional method, versus modern recording of each part recorded in isolation). Several legendary players joined him at the Cash Cabin, including Gary Louris (Jayhawks), Elizabeth Cook, Laur Joamets (Sturgill Simpson, Drivin N Cryin), John Paul White (The Civil Wars), and Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson).
Caudle hinted that several of these new songs sneak into his solo sets, such as the one Thursday at New Brookland Tavern. Fans and newcomers can expect reworked versions of Caudle’s fan-favorites, a scattering of fun cover songs, and several glimpses of the new album during this special acoustic show. Limited seating available.
Caleb Caudle with Young Mister
New Brookland Tavern, 122 State Street, West Columbia, SC 29169
Doors at 8PM (18+ only)
Tickets $8 in advance on Eventbrite
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