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Caroline Spence

Caroline Spence

Colin & Caroline

Wed, June 21, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12 adv / $15 door

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Caroline Spence - (Set time: 8:45 PM)
Ever since the release of "Blood on the Tracks" in 1975, Dylan posed the challenge to every songwriter that came after him: Can life's emotional complexities be rendered simply? Can a song be so intensely personal that it somehow manages to reach beyond itself towards something universal? With this record, Dylan turned the American Songwriter into a definite vocation, a job that’s core responsibility was the nearly impossible task of simply and honestly singing your own story, and somehow mysteriously manage to speak for all of us.

While Caroline Spence may not look like one of the road-hardened troubadours of America's past, with the release of Spades & Roses, the young songwriter from Charlottesville Virginia proves she is every bit as serious. Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival and American Songwriter Magazine, and garnered nods and admiration from both Miranda Lambert and her fellow writers in the Nashville underground, Caroline has delivered a record to meet the expectation: Quite simply, 11 songs of gorgeous Americana that remind us of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place.

It’s is a rare but unmistakable authenticity and emotional resonance that can't be faked, all delivered from a voice that somehow manages to be both ethereally pristine and yet profoundly raw and human-- a disarming union of self-assuredness and vulnerability that runs throughout the record. Under the guidance of Producer Neilson Hubbard, "Spades and Roses" strips away all of the sonic barriers that might stand between Caroline and her listener, allowing her fragile melodies and first person confessionals to do their work-- reaching out and empathizing, providing a soundtrack to our own hidden stories. Every song on the record--whether pop or meditative, glib or heartbreaking-- asks the essential question of whether or not the listener can recognize himself.

Whether it’s a song like "Southern Accident," a strikingly personal and heartbreaking account of the lingering effects of her parents divorce on her own search for love and commitment, or "Softball," an extended anthemic metaphor for the all-to-real injustices of the gender gap in modern life, Spades and Roses is Caroline's unflinching testimony and reminder as to why songs are important: It’s about paying attention. It's about whether you can take a handful of chords and find those still points of peace and clarity and joy amidst the basic confusion, struggles, and emotional wreckage of our everyday lives. Most importantly, it’s about finding a way to make it beautiful.

So who is "Spades and Roses" for? Songwriters who need a sympathetic shoulder? Song lovers who are tired of the latest gimmick? Modern ladies who still enjoy knitting? Older men who have seen enough to not find that intimidating? In the end, it’s for all of us that demand a lot of life and love, and yet still have the grace and hope to go on loving the world in spite of what it is sometimes. It’s for all of us that still like to hear our story told in song. In Caroline's own words, which seem to summarize the record, "It’s all love, and it’s all pain. And after all, I can't complain."
Colin & Caroline - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
About Colin & Caroline

Meet Colin Healy, and Caroline Mauck. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia the two grew up with a foundation and love for music which helped to drive their passions as musicians. Colin and Caroline attended high school together, and after years of pursuing music in different directions, they were reconnected at a local spot in their hometown. They collaborated on several covers, turning them into duets and adding a unique spin to songs of other artists' perspectives. From there, they began co-writing their own original songs, growing together in lyrics, sound, and performance. What started as two individual solo artists, has since emerged the Acoustic Folk duo of "Colin & Caroline".

Colin & Caroline's heart-warming harmonies, original lyrics, and blend of creative covers first grabbed the attention of many in Central Virginia alone. Several of their original songs (including "More Than Gravity", "Fireflies, and "Like Home") have been featured on popular playlists curated by Spotify, which has spread the presence of Colin & Caroline worldwide. "More Than Gravity" has received over 10 million plays since its addition to Spotify's Afternoon Acoustic playlist, and several of their songs have been featured in television series around the globe. Colin & Caroline look forward to continuing to grow as artists, and sharing their music with audiences both new and old.
Venue Information:
The Tin Pan
8982 Quioccasin Road
Richmond, VA, 23229
http://www.tinpanrva.com/