Carbon Leaf playing The Ark on Friday night

With a “down-home eclectic mix,” the Richmond, Va., based group Carbon Leaf will play The Ark at 8 p.m. on Friday night. Tickets are $25.

The band began as an independent band in 1992, then signed on with Vanguard Records for a three-album stint in 2004.

Along the way they scored hit singles at both AAA and Hot AC Radio with “Life Less Ordinary” and “The Boxer,” placed first in the International Songwriting Competition, won an American Music Award, and recorded the music for Universal’s “Curious George II” soundtrack.

Says the Washington Examiner: “Some call Carbon Leaf’s music Southern, 
others label it Celtic, and still others say it leans toward bluegrass or some combination of formats. No matter what your take on the band’s sound, almost everyone can agree that Carbon Leaf creates music that just isn’t heard anywhere else and that’s what keeps fans clamoring for more music.”

As Carbon Leaf settles into their third decade of recording and touring, with more than 2,300 live shows under their belts, the band’s rigorous path of independence continues, focusing on writing, producing and releasing new material directly to their fans.

They come to Ann Arbor with a new album, “Nothing Rhymes with Woman.”

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