Singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle will be making his way to Blue Delta Jean Company tonight at 7:30 p.m. for an intimate musical performance.
Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., Caudle has been touring the United States for the past four years, making records and capturing audiences nationwide. He has crossed the country time and time again, playing in venues ranging from bars to theaters to festivals.
Candle said of his career, “It’s a lot of work and a lot of reward.”
The self-described Americana musician has shared the stage with the likes of Margo Price and Justin Townes Earle, among many other talented artists.
He is credited with seven albums to his name after a decade of creating his distinctive style of music which he describes as a combination of several genres. His earthy music, tinged with guitars and croons, takes listeners to a serene, reflective headspace and is nothing like the “beer and backroad,” overly-produced jams on the Hot 100.
“I guess the easiest way to describe it would be to call it Americana,” he said. “I try to pull from all the things I listen to – country, jazz, soul, etc. – and get it to a unique place.”
Candle cites his influences as “everything from Merle Haggard to Miles Davis to The Clash.”
“I really just love anyone who is writing with a purpose and a passion for what they do,” he said.
His most recent album “Carolina Ghost” drew acclaim from Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, American Songwriter and NPR, to name a few.
In an interview with Huffington Post about “Carolina Ghost,” Caudle said, “I think this one feels more country to be in production.”
He cited inspirations for the album during the same interview as “coming home a sober man with a changed perspective on life.”
“All these people, places and things that I remembered just started looking different. It was me who had changed though,” he said. “You start learning how to forgive yourself, or at the very least, trying to.”
He also claimed much of his inspiration came from his landscape.
“There is a lot of imagery from across the South. You can’t really help not writing about it,” he said. “The beauty, the subtle sadness. I almost use it as a comma in my songs at this point. The details provide a setting and something to connect to.”
And speaking of the South, Caudle is no stranger to Oxford – he has played once for Thacker Mountain Radio Hour in 2015 and once more at Blue Delta Jean Company.
“I really like [playing in Oxford],” he said. “Folks seem to really want to connect with the songs, which rules.”
His new album “Crushed Coins” will be out in 2017 and was recorded in both Los Angeles and Nashville. It is being produced by Caudle in collaboration with long-time engineer Jon Ashley, known for working with the Avett Brothers and Band of Horses.
He will be returning to Oxford tonight for a studio session to serenade an audience of merely 30 with his sweet, soft country-folk sound.