I had the opportunity to see Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps play one of the last shows of their current tour last night at The Hideout in Chicago last night. After the final note of her final song played, I found myself struggling to lift my jaw off the floor, wipe the sweat off my brow, and even begin to comprehend what I had just witnessed.
Anyone who has followed my blog since the beginning knows I'm a big fan of Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps, but this was the first time I had the opportunity to see them live. They brought a full 6 piece for this tour, and my god was it stunning. Caroline is an incredible performer - it took a total of about 5 seconds of her soul-searching, rafter-rattling voice to stun the whole audience into a glassy-eyed silence.
She moves from what almost sounds like 90's R&B to heart wrenching 60s era soul with incredible fluidity, and I felt so grateful to be in the room at what I can only imagine will be her last time playing a venue that size, because I have to tell you - with what I saw last night they should be easily selling out Lincoln Hall the next time they come around.
Caroline announced that they were working on recording their new album, which hopefully should be coming out this fall. I can't begin to tell you how excited I am for this record, especially for those beautiful fall nights, sitting on the porch with this record on sounds about as perfect as it gets.
Check out the videos for 'Child of Moving On' and 'Lack of Height' below, and keep your eyes on this one guys, this is a show I won't forget.