Carbon Leaf debuted as an independent college band in 1993, gaining a strong regional following playing at small clubs and campuses in surrounding Virginia. The band spent five years establishing their roots in the mid-Atlantic region, picking up weekend shows where they could and putting the funds into four self-released albums between 1995-2000.

The quintet’s musical style pulls from Americana, indie rock, folk, bluegrass, celtic, and pop traditions using an array of instruments—acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, cello, bass, drums, accordion, penny whistle and rich vocal harmonies—to define the band’s lively stage presence and sonic landscape.

The band’s 2004 radio single Life Less Ordinary received considerable airplay and reached a broader audience nationwide, peaking at #5 on AAA radio and #28 at Hot AC.  The increased exposure put the band on the road for more than 250 days in 2004 and 2005.

Between 2007-2009, the band collected a series of songwriting awards, including the International Songwriting Competition’s first prize honor for The War Was In Color. With a history spanning 30 years, 20 recordings and 3,500 live shows, Carbon Leaf’s independent music and spirit continue to inspire and resonate with its fans.