Caroline Doctorow is a singer/songwriter from Bridgehampton New York who has released six recordings on Narrow Lane Records . Her latest, Another Country, was released three months ago. She grew up in a literary family. Her father is renowned author E.L. Doctorow. Her mother, also a writer, is from North Carolina. Both her parents played folk music as a hobby when she was a child. Caroline quickly became enamored of the folk stars that she met through her parents, such as Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Joan Baez and Mimi FariÃ±a, whom she counts as a significant influence. As a teenager, Caroline would travel the Greyhound bus line up and down the east coast, going to and performing in many folk festivals. She attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, mostly playing music and not going to classes very often.
All her years of hard work are now beginning to pay off and this is especially evident in her songwriting.
Her latest release, Another Country, features several stellar guest artists including famed folk singer Nanci Griffith, â€™60s pop star John Sebastian (Lovinâ€™ Spoonful), Maura Kennedy and Happy Traum. Her performance of the classic folk song, This Little Light Of Mine can be heard on the 2003 PBS series, Freedom:
A History Of Us, narrated by Katie Couric. Carolineâ€™s songs have also been recorded by several Indie artists.
On Another Country, Caroline showcases her velveteen voice while singing the extraordinary songs of 1960â€™s folk icons Mimi and Richard FariÃ±a. Electric sitar, dulcimer, banjo, mandolin and swampy-sounding guitars provide a lush and driving backdrop for Doctorowâ€™s silky voice as it wraps around FariÃ±aâ€™s dark lyrics. Expertly produced by reknowned multi-instrumentalist Pete Kennedy, Another Country has been received with great acclaim. It is currently No. 6 on the Roots Music Report/Folk Chart and has been charting in the Top 10 on the Roots Music Association charts for the last two months. A glowing review of the album is about to appear in the new issue of the magazine Sing Out (www.singout.org), which is the folk music bible. www.crtaltcountry.be called the album â€œSimply gorgeous!â€ New Times wrote â€œâ€¦she (Doctorow) takes the FariÃ±aâ€™s timeless tunes and delivers them with a grace thatâ€™s pure and profoundâ€¦â€ Barnes Newberry, long-time folk DJ at Bostonâ€™s WUMB, said â€œDoctorow has captured the stark beauty of Farinaâ€™s lyrics and melded it with her stunning vocal performances and the incredible chops and co-production of Pete Kennedyâ€¦â€ Another Country is the first, full audio retrospective of Richard FariÃ±aâ€™s long-neglected catalog.
On her previous 2006 release, Follow You Down, itâ€™s Carolineâ€™s songwriting that stands out. Many of the songs are dark in theme. All tell a story with sublime use of language. Take Will If You Want Me To, which opens the album and charted in the top 40 on the Americana lists. The song has the sound of a classic. With all her songs, you can hear the many musical influences that run through the writing. â€œThe sound we were after on the record was live and untreated,â€ explains Caroline. â€œThe musicians were together in one room and we recorded the instruments as simply as possible, without electronic or digital effects. Each player sounds as if they are sitting there playing right next to you. We also left my voice alone and untreated. I like how I sound that way best, with no effects and no pro-tools. All the mistakes are left in, so more emotion comes across.â€
Over the years, Carolineâ€™s back-up band has included some outstanding players in the acoustic music world including dobro player Cindy Cashdollar (Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams), banjo player Eric Weissberg (Deliverance), fiddler Barbara Lamb (Laura Love, Asleep At The Wheel) guitarist Andrew Carillo (Joan Osborne) and many others.
Caroline is currently touring the Northeast with her acoustic band in both live shows and on many radio station appearances including Vin Scelsaâ€™s famous, long-running eclectic music show â€œIdiotsâ€™ Delightâ€ on New York radio station WFUV.
For several years now the live music and indie recording scenes in the New York area have blossomed. One artist who has helped define both scenes is folk singer and songwriter Caroline Doctorow. Through seven albums that seamlessly mix originals and covers, Doctorow has become a favorite of folk and college DJ's across the country. Her voice has been called wondrous, velveteen and one of those pure clear voices that is captivating no matter what she sings.
Caroline cites her main influence to be the folk singers and songwriters of the 1960's. Her newest release "Another Country" was produced by Pete Kennedy and is a retrospective of the songs of folk icons Richard and Mimi Farina. This record boasts several stellar musical guests including Nanci Griffith, John Sebastian, The Kennedys, Eric Weissberg, and Happy Traum.
Over the years Doctorow's back up bands have been comprised of several acoustic music luminaries such as Cindy Cashdollar, Eric Weissberg, Barbara Lamb, and Barry Mitterhoff to name several. Her version of Bob Dylans "One Too Many Mornings" released on Paradiddle Records reached number 13 on the folk charts in 2006. She also covered Dylan's "I Want You" on the critically acclaimed album "Carmel Valley Ride" (produced by Frank Carillo) which became a hit on college radio in 2003. In 2006 she was nominated by WIVK Knoxville for a HEMI award in the "Future Female Artist" category. She appears on the forthcoming Nanci Griffith tribute album "Trouble in the Fields". Her singing can be heard on the PBS series "Freedom A History of Us" narrated by Katie Couric, as well as on several film soundtracks and several indie releases. She tours regionally with her folk band.