Caroline Smith: Returning to Roots

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Caroline Smith has been selling out shows on her current tour, will be playing SXSW next month and is coming to Lincoln at Vega this Thursday. Come see her with her band along with opening acts All Young Girls are Machine Guns and Jordan Smith of Twinsmith for what will be nothing short of a great show and time. Presented by The Dailyer and Seeds Entertainment.

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Courtesy Photo by Reginald VanNurden
Story by Matt Knapp | Seeds Entertainment

It’s not very often that you hear of a folk artist that wants to return to their roots. However, Caroline Smith has done just that. Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Caroline, a folk-turned R&B and Soul artist, has been making music for years, but just recently released her third album, Half About Being a Woman. It’s an album that is finally true to her influences, and showcases a more mature and soulful performance from a voice that draws you in and doesn’t let you go.

“I think it was definitely bound to happen. When I tried writing a new record in the vein of my older records, what was coming out wasn’t something I felt comfortable doing anymore. Growing up and into more of a woman, I’m turning more into my mother and the other women in my family. What felt natural was to write this new album in reflection of the music that my mother would dance around the kitchen to singing at the top of her lungs with a spoon as her microphone.”

Performing live is an exhilarating experience and one that Caroline Smith loves about her career. In fact, it’s her favorite part about being a musician. “I love being on stage. I was totally one of those annoying kids screaming, ‘Look at me!’ while learning to juggle, ride a unicycle, and wiggle my ears all at the same time.”

Fortunately, her band, The Good Night Sleeps, is comprised of some of her closest friends who she loves working with. Not only that, they push her to experiment musically and support each other. “I can safely say that I would not be where I am today without [my band]. They have been extremely instrumental in how far we’ve come as a band. They are so hard-working and each take on a proportionate amount of work as me and I know it is rare to have a band that equally puts in the same amount of work; they work their ass off and I am extremely thankful to have them in my life.”

Caroline Smith didn’t always have a band to work with, however. For the first part of her career, she performed solo, and had the opportunity to open shows for both Charles Bradley and B.B. King back in Minnesota. Her experience performing with these two artists had a big impact on Caroline and her career. “It really puts it in perspective for you, to see a musician that has been at it for the better half of his life graciously receiving each person he meets in the most gracious way possible. It was a huge wake-up call to always stay grateful and to always stay humble.”

Caroline’s trip to Lincoln isn’t her first, and she’s excited to be back.

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“One of [our] dear dear friends is playing with us that night; Rebecca Lowry of All Young Girls Are Machine Guns. We love getting to share a stage with her and if you’ve never heard of her, please do yourself a favor and look her up. She does an amazing cover of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ on just a ukulele. She’s the gem of Nebraska.”

Check out Caroline Smith and her new sound on February 13 at Vega, a show presented by The Dailyer and Seeds Entertainment, her new album, “Half About of Being a Woman” and watch her PBS Documentary entitled My Way Back Home.

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