North Carolina-based singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle is set to release a brand new album on Friday, February 23rd. Titled Crushed Coins, the album will be Caudle’s eighth studio release, and you can stream the new music video for one of its tracks, “Lost Without You,” below.
Caudle has displayed across his body of work a broad and unique swath of influences. As a teenager, he took to North Carolina’s punk rock scene, inspired by the likes of The Clash and The Velvet Underground, and those days fueled the DIY-studio work marking the emergence of his career. But lately, with the years having seasoned and strengthened his songwriting sensibility, sounds like Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way have worked their way into Caudle’s world of inspiration.
The material spanning Crushed Coins reflects this kind of artistic maturity, in its synthesis of different shades of roots music into one, clear sound. Lush steel guitar work weaves in and out of pop-tinged, rhythms on songs like “Empty Arms” and “Love That’s Wild.” On “NYC in the Rain,” Caudle brings in piano and background harmonies to find a sweet sounding melancholy. The title track, “Crushed Coins,” and “The Way You Oughta Be Seen” bring out a bit of the troubadour in Caudle, rounding out the record with a more stark folk aesthetic. It all comes together to weave a sprawling, breezy landscape that wanders from the bright side of things to the dark and back again, accompanied always by a voice that is both emotionally stirring and eerily soothing.
Caudle will be performing through the end of February and into March and May in support of the new record. After dates in Nashville and Birmingham tomorrow night and Thursday, he will play an album release party at Winston-Salem, NC’s SECCA on Friday. Across March, he’ll play shows further south in Georgia, Alabama and Texas, and then head up to Ohio and Chicago in May.
Stream the music video for the song “Lost Without You” below, and for more details visit https://www.calebcaudle.com/
Article by Miles Hurley
Photograph by Andy Tennille