April 10th, 2011
If you’ve been hearing a new female artist on Dive over the past couple of months, there’s a good chance it’s Caroline Smith and the Good Night Sleeps. Her melodious voice just makes you want to dance, even if only a slight nodding of the head. If you’re like us, you’ve already fallen in love with her acoustic guitar and heartfelt songs.Â Her band isÂ playing at Concordia College next Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m. with OK Go; it’s not open to the public, but free for Concordia College students. If you’re not a Concordia student, be sure to check out the band next time their in town!
Below are some questions that Caroline graciously took the time to answer. So read on, my fellow Divers. She is well worth your time and listening ear.
Tell us a little about yourself. What inspired you to start playing music?
I grew up in a very musical family where everyone played guitars at our big Irish get-togethers, and I just yearned for the day where I could play along with my Dad and my brothers. So when I was old enough, my dad bought me a guitar and taught me how to play.
Tell us a little about the other band members. How did you all meet and come together as a band?
We all met in college. I started playing with Arlen Peiffer (drummer) about 4 years ago and it wasn’t until a year after that when Jesse Schuster (bass player) jumped on board. Our newest member, David Earl, just starting playing with us about 3 weeks ago.
Your song “Where Has Sally Gone?” has been played quite a bit on Dive and has garnered attention from many of our listeners. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind this song?
I was an English major at the University of Minnesota, and the idea behind this song came from one of my short stories written for a creative writing course. I’m not sure why, but I was really into personifying the wind during that semester.
You are originally from Detroit Lakes. How has growing up in this area influenced your music?
Well, I felt kind of like a black sheep in Detroit Lakes, so it kinda forced me to keep to myself so I ended up going off on my own a lot and writing as much music as I could.
Has the reception to your music been different touring in the midwest as opposed to elsewhere in theÂ country?
Actually, we find a lot of niches in random parts of the country, and it’s really neat to see. For instance, we do really well in St. Louis and in Little Rock, and that’s pretty funny to us. Of course the midwest is our biggest supporter because the midwest prides its self in being supportive of the homegrown, but it’s really great to keep touring and find our niches around the US.
Where do you think your music will go from here? Do you have any projects you are working on right now?
Well, we just recorded a new record that is due out this coming August and I think that’s the biggest thing on our horizon right now. We’ll be touring it for the entire fall and well into next year- but who knows where we’ll go from there. We’d like to keep recording and producing records.
What do you like about coming back to the Fargo-Moorhead area?
I love to see all of our fans in Fargo-Moorhead; for some reason they’re just so cute and gracious. It’s really nice to feel so welcome in a community like yours.
Check out their music atÂ www.myspace.com/carolinesmithmusic/music, or
Like the band on Facebook: www.facebook.com/goodnightsleeps