With a sound that marries folk songwriting to the eclectic sounds of modern indie rock, Caroline Smith has become a phenomenon in Midwest music circles, and recent tours are taking her across the East Coast and Europe. In intimate duo performances and with her band, the Good Night Sleeps, her songs are characterized by unforgettable and endearing pop melodies. Most recognizable throughout their music, and the defining quality to their success, is Smith’s voice, an arresting alto that quivers with a controlled vibrato. Smith evokes the past while sounding fresh and modern, and draws comparison to Billie Holiday, Leslie Feist, and Joanna Newsom.
Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps began with just Caroline Smith as an 18-year-old songwriter in 2006, and she quickly earned her place in the Midwest music community. She began her career with a residency at Minneapolis’ 400 Bar, a venue pivotal in shaping the careers of Elliott Smith, Conor Oberst, and local hero Mason Jennings, who less than a decade before began his own career with the same residency. A year later, Caroline befriended drummer Arlen Peiffer (Cloud Cult), bassist Jesse Schuster, and multi-instrumentalist David Earl and the boys joined forces to support Caroline’s folk tunes as the Good Night Sleeps. The release of their debut LP Backyard Tent Set, several national tours, and constant performances through the Midwest has garnered a committed following.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“dizzying vocal runs and a brassy, thoroughly adult croon… While Caroline has always managed to imbue even her hokiest material with a sincere emotional connection, she really seems to have poured her heart into these new songs, with a charming blend of vulnerability and spunk.” –City Pages