Caroline Reese On the Hill Session at Kettle Pot Tracks
Caroline is doing some great stuff. She’s one of those people that is heading toward the kind of career that get us excited for our future ability to say “we knew her when…”
We met just about a year ago, when Caroline approached us to produce a live EP: it turned out great, we had loads of fun, and we knew we’d made a friend.
We were very excited when it came time to have her in for On the Hill: her songs, her voice, her sweetness—she’s just impossible to not feel great about!
Enjoy Ms. Caroline Reese: we think she’s wonderful, and we bet you will too!
So… When/why/how/where did Caroline Reese (the musician) get started? That is to say, can you give us a comfortably-abridged bio?
Honestly, I never meant to be a songwriter! I wanted to worked on a ranch or…sell boots or something…I swear. It just started happening casually at first, I recorded an album just to collect the songs I’d written…and now here I am 8 years after writing my first song with a great band, Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth, a new album that we recorded with Kettle Pot Tracks (hey there!), and lots of upcoming shows.
Why did you choose these songs for On the Hill?
The On the Hill sessions are so intimate that we wanted to take advantage of that. We play loud bars a lot of the time where we are trying to keep the audience’s attention, so we play loud and fast. But this session was a chance to show off our quieter material, as well as new songs that hadn’t even been performed yet.
What else is going on in your world? What’s next?
A shit ton of gigs up and down the East Coast this spring and summer, lots of writing and arranging new songs, and the start of a new album. We have a lot of details to hatch out as well; we have stayed completely independent–no label, no manager, no booking agent. I’ve liked having the autonomy, but it might be time to grow in that respect.
Where can we see and hear more of you?
We’re excited to play Bourbon & Branch on May 8 with our buds the Yetis (https://theyetis.bandcamp.com/), and have lots of upcoming shows atwww.carolinereesemusic.com. Our newest two albums, “The Electric Year” (2014) and “Slow Code” (2013), as well as a new collection of demo songs, are all free/pay-what-you-want at www.carolinereesemusic.bandcamp.com. We’ll keep putting up new demos there for free until we get our act together regarding a new album. Come see us live!