Since her arrival in Minneapolis during the fall of 2006 as an 18-year-old, singer/songwriter Caroline Smith has utilized her proximity to a music scene bursting with notable venues and like-minded musicians. One such venue was the 400 Bar. Hearing of artists like Elliott Smith, Conor Oberst and Mason Jennings making their names and performing residencies there, Smith approached owner Tom Sullivan and was signed on for a residency of her own. A growing audience and favorable press was to follow, not to mention supporting Mason Jennings and even a spot opening for B. B. King.
In 2007, through her growing reputation and charismatic personality, Smith befriended Twin Cities’ very own Arlen Peiffer (Cloud Cult), Jesse Schuster, and Colin Hacklander. In August of 2008 they went into the studio to record their debut album, Backyard Tent Set, dubbing themselves officially as Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps. The group, with its independently released LP has made major waves online, on air, and on tour. In their short existence, they’ve already completed four well-attended national tours, along with a constant circuit through the Midwest. They have become critical darlings in the Midwest as Smith separates herself from the usual female singer-songwriter pack with a distinct style of song-writing and a genre of music she’s begotten and named “story-book folk.”