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Caroline Spence Live at Grimey's

  • Grimey's New and Preloved Music 1060 East Trinity Lane Nashville, TN, 37216 United States (map)

Gifted Nashville-based singer-songwriter Caroline Spence has two previous albums under her belt, but it's her new full-length, Mint Condition, her debut for venerable roots label Rounder Records, that's set to really put her on the musical map. Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival, Spence has long been regarded as a best-kept secret in her scene, earning admiration from esteemed artists like Miranda Lambert and from her own fellow writers in the Nashville underground. Mint Condition follows 'Spades and Roses' - a 2017 release praised by American Songwriter as "an album of stunning beauty and lasting impact." In bringing the new album to life, Spence worked with producer Dan Knobler (Lake Street Dive, Erin Rae) and recorded at his Nashville studio Goosehead Palace, landing a guest appearance from Emmylou Harris and enlisting musicians from Spence's previous projects and live band.

Mint Condition is an album narrated by people in various states of searching: alone on faraway highways, restless on rooftops in glamorous cities, stubbornly chasing their deepest dreams against all better judgment. With her poetic clarity and precision of detail, Spence reveals the risk in setting out on an unconventional path, and subtly makes the case for living your own truth without compromise or fear. Throughout the new album, she shows the ever-expanding depth of her musicality, with the album encompassing everything from the full-tilt jangle-pop of "What You Don't Know" to the stark atmospherics of "Sometimes a Woman Is an Island" to the ghostly folk of "Who Are You." And on the heart-walloping "Wait on the Wine," her tender vocals take on an entirely new power. "I wrote that one a few years ago, not ever thinking my voice could pull it off," says Spence. "But the voice is a muscle, and I've put this muscle to work singing all around the country. Now I have that confidence and strength to belt the way I don't think I could have when I was 23."

Mint Condition is out May 3rd and Caroline Spence will celebrate its release with a free, all ages in-store performance at Grimey's the next day - Saturday, May 4th, at 5PM!