It’s rare you find a married music duo that adheres to none of the married-duo-cliches. Carolina Story write and perform songs, knowing that there are enough love songs on earth. They evoke the blue collar man and woman, because that’s exactly who they are. From their genesis, they have crafted their sound to be a perfect mix of the lyrical grit and wit of Hank Williams Sr. and the tender atmosphere of Heartbreaker-era Ryan Adams. Carolina Story (Ben and Emily Roberts) are from Arkansas and South Dakota respectively, meeting and falling in love in Memphis, Tennessee, setting up shop in East Nashville and making a name for themselves in every state in between.
Since 2009, they have been hard at work touring, writing and putting out music they believe in; each release astonishingly better than the last. After playing in excess of 1,000 shows in 43 states in the last six years, making several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and slowing down a bit to become Mom and Dad to son, Wilder, and daughter, Lily, they broke back into the Americana scene in a big way in 2017, signing as Black River Entertainment’s initial act to their new Black River Americana imprint, and are poised for a breakout 2018.
Carolina Story’s debut album on Black River Americana is set to be released in late Summer of 2018. The project titled “Lay Your Head Down,” is an amalgamation of the most well-crafted gems from nearly a decade of songwriting on the road. In it, you can hear the euphoria in the way their voices rise and merge. Ben, dusky, dusty and earthy; Emily, sunny, velvety, lush. Carolina Story is the rapture of being young, gifted and willing.