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Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps at Mill City

25 Jul


Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps are one of those bands that seem new each time I see them perform.  This was especially true at Mill City this past week, as Caroline Smith took the stage as part of Mill City’s summer concert series.  Smith & her impressive band gave us a peek at some new material, played some covers, & of course some of their best tunes from their CD Backyard Tent Set.

For such a young band, the talent levels are impressive.  Smith’s songwriting is mature and tells stories of heartache, tough relationships, father-daughter interactions, and being torn from one’s family.  The music, however, remains upbeat and familiar – taking edgy classic Americana folk music & blending it with a rock beat.  This allows most songs to stay on the “indie-pop” side of the spectrum, as opposed to pigeon-holing them into a pure folk genre.  Adding fuel to this fire is fantastic drummer Arlen Peiffer, who also drums for Cloud Cult, & bassist Jesse Schuster, who also plays in Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles.

Because the band does only have one formal release, I was a little nervous as to how they planned to fill two hours at Mill City.  Part of the way they filled the time was by singing a few cover songs.  The cover songs chosen pushed the band into a new level, as they deftly covered everything from Rilo Kiley, to Rod Stewart, to the beautiful tune by Taylor Swift – as evidenced by the video below:

Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps – “Love Story” from CakeIn15 on Vimeo.

According to their MySpace, CSGNS’s next show isn’t until September 11 at the Entry with Most Serene Republic.  I’d highly suggest checking them out as soon as possible.

More photos from the night can be seen at

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