L.A.-based rockers Carolina Liar returned to the music scene earlier this year with their independent sophomore record Wild Blessed Freedom. In support of their latest endeavor, the band (Chad Wolf, Rickard Göransson, Johan Carlsson, and Peter Carlsson) hit the road with David Cook and Gavin DeGraw in October. When that tour ended, the guys stayed out on the road with Cook through the end of November.
Last week, a couple days after wrapping up his time on the road and also becoming a dad, lead singer Wolf took some time out to talk with me about the band's experience on the road with Cook and DeGraw, their new record, and what's up next for the band in the new year.
I believe I should start out by saying congratulations!
Oh, yeah. [laughs] It’s been kind of a crazy week. It’s kind of amazing.
So, the fans want to know – boy or a girl?
Oh, it’s a boy! Healthy, seven pounds or so. He’s got a humongous head of hair, like his dad and mom. He’s gonna be a big hippie, I can tell already. [laughs]
Ah, that’s exciting! So earlier in the week, you guys wrapped up your tour with David Cook; how would you describe that experience?
Oh, the whole tour with David was awesome. Man, he’s great. He took care of us like family. He had all the guys over to his house for Thanksgiving dinner, with him and his brother, his mom and grandparents. He took care of everybody. He’s a really good guy. He’s got a lot of really loyal fans that had never heard of us before, so getting to play for those guys was a really good tour for us, in that sense. He has pretty big crowds at those shows, and so him letting us come out and really letting us play for his audience in a lot of ways was a big kind of, I guess, a hand up for us. I hope we can return the favor with some of the people that we brought out for his shows.
Both David and Gavin DeGraw have these built-in audiences, so was there any kind of pressure performing in front of them?
Yeah, you know, there always is. Because, in a lot of ways you’re a guest to the party. In that sense, it’s a good thing being the opener, because at that point you’re there really kind of as a cheerleader, to show that this is meant to be a good time tonight, everybody’s supposed to have fun and let’s just get this thing started the right way. We’re kind of a fun band for that.