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Don’t miss Will Overman Band and Carbon Leaf at Richmond’s The National on Saturday, Dec. 17

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Treat yourself (and preferably someone else) to the gift of music this holiday season and make plans to catch two of Virginia’s hottest up-and-coming acts — Will Overman Band and Carbon Leaf — on Saturday, Dec. 17, at The National,  708 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia.

Doors open at 7 p.m and the music is set to start at 8 p.m. for this all-ages show. Tickets are $17 and $20 at the door. Learn more at

MerleFest, Appaloosa Roots Music Festival and Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival fans can attest Will Overman and his Charlottesville, Virginia, band rock and roll with mostly original songs and some fun twists on old classics thrown in. Some call their sound alt-country others Southern rock but I just call it music I dare you to try to sit still to. WOB’s self-titled debut album released earlier this year has received rave reviews from yours truly and No Depression, among others. Learn more at

“This will be my very last show with these guys and I can’t think of a better send off,” Overman says. “Join us in Richmond as we open for Carbon Leaf and grace the big stage for the first time!”

Richmond’s own Carbon Leaf sound uses folk, celtic, bluegrass, Americana, rock and pop traditions to create what they call ether-electrified porch music.

The Virginia quintet’s lyrical depth is elevated by rich harmony, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, cello, banjo, electric and upright bass, penny whistle, pedal steel and accordion, according to the band’s website.

Carbon Leaf’s songs of life, love, hope, heartbreak and landscape are independently written, recorded and produced from the band’s own studio in Virginia.

For 23 years, 16 albums and 2,600 live shows, the band’s spiritual and vibrant music continues to be their own story made by their own hands.

Carbon Leaf debuted as an independent college band in 1993, eventually leading to a recording contract with Vanguard Records in 2004, resulting in three albums during the group’s six years with the label.

Along the way, Carbon Leaf has scored hit singles at AAA and Hot AC Radio with “Life Less Ordinary” and “The Boxer;” placed first in the International Songwriting Competition for “The War Was In Color;” was the first independent band to ever win an American Music Award; and in 2010, recorded the music for Universal Pictures Curious George 2 soundtrack. Since then, the band has released a wonderfully received original holiday/winter concept album, “Christmas Child,” as well the EP “How the West was One” and a live concert DVD Live, Acoustic…and in Cinemascope. In celebration of 20 rich years together – and with 12 original records already under their belt – the band has an ever-ambitious slate ahead for new singles and full-album releases going forward.

In 2013, Carbon Leaf released two full-length albums, “Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle” and “Constellation Prize,” six months apart from each other in 2013, just a year before celebrating its  10-year anniversary with a complete re-recording of the group’s 2004 album, “Indian Summer.”

Lead vocalist Barry Privett said in a release the band gained a lot of new exposure with “Life Less Ordinary,” making it to No. 5 at AAA and No. 28 at Hot AC radio, “so we wanted to acknowledge the album’s anniversary, as it was a fan-favorite and a very seminal album for us. There was only one problem – our former label owned the master recording, so we were pretty limited as to what we could do. However, we owned the songs, and after doing a little digging through the contract, we found a work-around that opened up an opportunity for us to simply rerecord the album anew, so that’s what we did. Now, we have a great way of celebrating an album that helped us widen our audience, while putting ‘Indian Summer’ back under the band’s wing again.”

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