The Stokes County Arts Council welcomes Caleb Caudle back home for the “Better Hurry Up” album release before he embarks on an international album tour that spans four months and seven countries. Caudle has produced eight studio albums with his newest release “Better Hurry Up” debuting on April 3rd.
Caleb grew up in the Sauratown mountains of Stokes County, graduated from South Stokes High School and then moved to Winston Salem as he began to pursue music more seriously. Caudle and his wife Lauren now live in Nashville, Tennessee, though they spend the majority of their time on the road.
Caleb Caudle wanted a down-home, funky sound for his new album. This led him to assemble several Grammy-winning musicians to chase it down in the Cash Cabin, built by Johnny Cash outside of Nashville in 1979, a small place with a big history. Caudle and his producer, John Jackson, used the Cash Cabin to create a dramatic, compelling record with a little more grit than his usual Americana sound.
“None of us wore headphones,” Caudle says. “It’s just like we were doing it for the love of music – it didn’t feel like we were making a record. It felt like I was playing with an incredible group of musicians and making art.”
Caudle’s critically acclaimed catalog includes features on Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” and “The 10 Best Country and Americana Songs To Hear Now” along with NPR’s “Songs We Love”. His songs have been featured on CMT’s Nashville and Netflix’s The Ranch.
Opening the June 26th show and later joining Caudle onstage, Doug and Telisha Williams of Wild Ponies are a talented singer/songwriting team from the Piedmont of NC and Southern Virginia, known for perfectly balancing the genres of old country and roots music learned in the hills and hollers of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains.
Similarly to Caudle, Wild Ponies sought out the solace and spirit of their grandparent’s farm for their most recent album release, “Galax,” titled after the place itself. The duo said of the album, “It’s just real, honest music made by a bunch of folks circled together in the mountains of Virginia on a couple of hot days in August; in the same place we first learned the value of authentic songs and melodies, just a few miles away from where the other wild ponies roam the Blue Ridge Mountains, easy and natural and beautiful and majestic.”
Caleb Caudle with Wild Ponies will play at The Arts Place of Stokes at 502 N. Main St. Danbury, NC on June 26th (rescheduled from original April date). Tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for SCAC members and seniors 65+, and $10 for 18 and under. Buy tickets online here or by calling Stokes Arts at (336) 593-8159. Any tickets previously purchased for original April date will be honored at the June show.