Live version of 'Screen Doors' from upcoming album Tenderfoot
"Reese is readying the release of Tenderfoot ... and as far as that Americana goddess thing is concerned,
[she] really goes there."
-John Vettese, WXPN's The Key
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Caroline Reese grew up outside Reading, Pennsylvania, a city west of Philadelphia where the rust belt meets Amish country. Her mom ran a horse farm and her dad sold antiques, both facts which certainly inform the old-soul tendencies in her songs.
She and her band, the Drifting Fifth, combine elements of country, folk, and indie-rock, along with Reese’s lyrics that seem to reach far beyond her own life experiences. Their new album, Tenderfoot, set to release on January 6, 2017, deals with vulnerability and trying to move on in life and love. Tenderfoot was recorded at the Headroom Philadelphia (Hopalong) and mixed at Miner Street Recordings (Kurt Vile, War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten).
“Unlocked” kicks off the album with a Montana love-gone-wrong story, a place close to Reese’s heart. That’s where she fell in love with country music. “Snake Eyes” introduces a bit of Philly-inspired grunge to Reese’s sound, continued with “Beast,” a rollicking good time with a glimpse into Reese’s imaginative poetics. “Died Hard” grapples with breaking up in a small town, and “I Can’t Love You” closes the album the with an all-too-familiar feeling of needing to say a slow and final goodbye.
Reese wrote her first album, Indian River, in 2010 while she was living in Montana. After returning back to Pennsylvania, she met her electric guitarist and bandmate, Mark Watter, in a college songwriting class. They collaborated during the recording of Reese’s 2013 album, Slow Code, and formed Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth shortly after.
Since then, she and the Drifting Fifth have toured nationally and opened for Grammy nominees and winners including Chris Stapleton and Brandi Carlile. Reese has also opened up for americana stalwarts John Hiatt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Corb Lund, and the Secret Sisters. The group’s live EP The Electric Year was named Y102's 2014 Album of the Year and were part of Taco Bell's 2016 Feed the Beat roster.
Reese will tour in support of Tenderfoot in the spring.