"With The Carolyn Sills Combo’s debut disc, fans of ‘proper country’ have some new heroes," says Country Music People Magazine. A roots music group with a vintage sound older than its years, The Carolyn Sills Combo is breathing fresh life and heartfelt twang into the timeless sounds of post-war American music. Nominated for a 2016 Ameripolitan Award for Western Swing group, fans of classic country and western swing are falling in love with the band's original songs, written and produced by Sills and her longtime guitarist and husband, Gerard Egan. The Carolyn Sills Combo received 4 nominations from the Academy of Western Artists in 2014 for western swing group, western swing album, western swing song (Bad for You) and western swing female singer, all for their 2013 debut album release.
The cowboy loving duo attracted top Monterey Bay area players for their combo, featuring Charlie Joe Wallace on steel guitar, Jim Norris on drums and Sunshine Jackson on harmony vocals and percussion. Sills and Egan are heavily influenced by spaghetti western films as well as their vinyl record collection, citing a wide range of influences from Bob Wills, Patsy Cline and Merle Travis and Les Paul & Mary Ford. Word of their authentic live show is spreading quickly throughout California, chock full of three part vocal harmonies, dueling guitar and steel instrumentals and tight arrangements of their own distinct brand of Americana. "This is real, swinging, juke box music," says Sills. "We're tipping our hats to the music that made us want to play, and hoping our original takes on these classic styles will keep the genres moving forward.'
The Carolyn Sills Combo’s debut is available through their website and iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.
Their second release, Dime Stories Vol 2, will be out May 27th, 2016.