It’s rare you find a married music duo that adheres to none of the married-duo-cliches. Carolina Story writes and performs songs, knowing that there are enough love songs on earth. They evoke the blue collar man and woman, because that’s exactly who they are. From their genesis, they have crafted their sound to be a perfect mix of the lyrical grit and wit of Hank Williams Sr. and the tender atmosphere of Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams.
Carolina Story (Ben and Emily Roberts) are from Arkansas and South Dakota respectively, meeting and falling in love in Memphis, Tennessee, setting up shop in Nashville and finally, making a name for them selves in every state in between.
Since 2009, Carolina Story have been hard at work writing, recording and releasing music every year; each release astonishingly better than the last. Starting as starry-eyed newly-weds ready for the road ahead with their self-titled debut evolving into wise road-worn troubadours on their latest album, Home, with the ability to turn an insightful phrase at a moment’s notice.
Carolina Story’s potential is in their numbers. They’ve played in excess of 400 shows in 32 states and debuting Home at #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. These feat planted the seed for success that is surely to follow with the vinyl re-release of Home.
Home was produced by songwriter and leader of fellow Nashville folk act, Humming House, who also served as backing band for the record. The vinyl release of Home, rounded out by two bonus tracks, has already been described as “a wrenchingly beautiful record as it is, vinyl only plays up the grassroots charm.”
The future for Carolina Story is limitless. They’re a small fish in a big sea of similar married Americana duos. The sincerity and humanity of their music makes them stand out among even the best.
They’re currently working on their 4th album with legendary producer, Blake Chancey. The record is due for release the first of September.