Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Carolina Ghost

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Carolina Ghost

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Caleb Caudle

Carolina Ghost

This Is American Music

The South through the eyes of an alt-country idol

At first listen, Caleb Caudle's new album sounds like a lost country radio signal from 1985, a throwback to Randy Travis and George Strait. With warm electric piano up front in the mix and drums tucked away in the back, Carolina Ghost is a midtempo showcase for Caudle's gorgeous melodies and richly detailed lyrics about redemptive love.

The North Carolina artist has forged relationships with such celebrated singers as Jason Isbell and John Moreland and taken aim at their level of artistry. Once again, Caudle collaborated with Jon Ashley as producer on this followup to 2014's Paint Another Layer on my Heart, which had equally strong songs but stronger Americana leanings. He plays a Gibson J-200 and J-35 on the album, strumming solid rhythms. His guitar helps set a resigned mood on "Uphill Battle" and 'Tliscaloosa," and he keeps his playing simple, leaving the flash to his collaborators. …

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