The pop-rock band, Carolina Liar, will be heading out on a national US tour with Kelly Clarkson and The Fray to support their 2011 release Wild Blessed Freedom, produced by Max Martin (Katy Perry, Pink, Avril Lavigne) and Shellback (Kesha, Leona Lewis, Maroon 5). The tour will kick off in Ridgefield, WA on July 21st. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: www.CarolinaLiar.com.
Carolina Liar consists of Chad Wolf, vocals/guitar, Rickard Göransson, guitar, Johan Carlsson, bass/keyboards, and Peter Karlsson, drums. A few years back, Wolf boarded a plane for the first time in his life and headed west in search of greener pastures. A stranger in a strange town, he worked a series of odd jobs to make ends meet before landing an internship with renowned songwriter Diane Warren, whom he credits with helping to sharpen his songwriting skills. But it was a chance gig house-sitting for famed Swedish producer Max Martin that completely changed his game. "Max and I became buddies through a mutual friend, but I never wanted to bring up music around him," he recalls. But after hearing one of Wolf's songs, the producer phoned from Stockholm and said "if you can write three more as good as this one, maybe we can work something out."
While living in Stockholm, Wolf met the rest of what would become Carolina Liar through mutual friends of Martin. The four quickly bonded over common tastes in music and they agreed to play on Wolf's tracks. "We hit it off pretty quickly," says vocalist. "They're amazing musicians and good people and it was during the recording process that we really became a band. And after finishing the record, they came back to the States with me and we got a place together while shopping the album."
That record became Coming to Terms, released in May 2008, which lead to being featured as the "Breaking" artist in Rolling Stone, as well as features in Billboard and People. Fueled by the hit singles "I'm Not Over" and "Show Me What I'm Looking For," the disc became one of 2008's most acclaimed debut releases, with the band's songs generating nationwide airplay on modern rock and alternative stations, and appearing in such TV shows as The Vampire Diaries, American Idol, Gossip Girl and The Hills. Spotlighted as an iTunes Single of the Week, "Show Me What I'm Looking For" logged more than 600,000 downloads, and "I'm Not Over" shot to No. 3 on Billboard's Modern Rock Chart.
The band has toured extensively in support of the first album, sharing stages with the likes of One Republic, Rob Thomas, Gavin DeGraw, The Academy Is..., and We The Kings. They also performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Ellen Degeneres Show, played themselves in an episode of 90210, and were featured in both MTV's "Discover & Download" and VH1's "You Oughta Know" programs.
"It was a good start," muses Wolf. "But we want more." The quartet makes a substantial step with Wild Blessed Freedom, an album that features a dozen bracing band-penned tracks that demonstrate the group's remarkable knack for widescreen songcraft and personally charged performances. While the set is more musically and emotionally expansive than its much-loved predecessor, it simultaneously pares the effortlessly catchy material down to its raw essence.
Released on the band's own Liar label, Wild Blessed Freedom finds Carolina Liar jumping from the major label world to independent status as they embrace the challenges of self-sufficiency.It's that sort of restless creativity that makes Wild Blessed Freedom a consistently riveting and rewarding listen. "This whole album is extremely personal to me; it's really my whole life of the last two or three years. In a lot of ways, it feels like we're starting from scratch now, and there's a real feeling of freedom in that," Wolf concludes. "We're on our own, and like any new adventure, it's something that's both daunting and exciting. We're looking forward to the journey."
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Jul 21, 2012 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater
Jul 22, 2012 Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Jul 25, 2012 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion
Jul 27, 2012 Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Jul 28, 2012 Murpheys, CA Ironstone Vineyards
Jul 30, 2012 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl
Jul 31, 2012 San Diego, CA The Griffin*
Aug 1, 2012 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
Aug 2, 2012 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Presents The Pavilion
Aug 3, 2012 Oklahoma City, OK The Conservatory*
Aug 6, 2012 Orange Beach, AL The Amphitheater at the Wharf
Aug 8, 2012 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphtheater Encore Park
Aug 9, 2012 Columbus, OH The Basement*
Aug 10, 2012 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 14, 2012 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Aug 16, 2012 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug 18, 2012 Raleigh, NC NC State University*
Aug 19, 2012 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug 21, 2012 Wantagh, NY Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
Aug 23, 2012 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Aug 24, 2012 Providence, RI Fete Ballroom*
Aug 25, 2012 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Aug 26, 2012 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 28, 2012 Toronto, ON Canada Echo Beach at Molson Amphitheatre
Aug 29, 2012 Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
Aug 30, 2012 Akron, OH Musica*
Sep 1, 2012 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Sep 2, 2012 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sep 5, 2012 Independence, MO Independence Events Center
Sep 7, 2012 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sep 8, 2012 San Antonio, TX The Green Room*
Sep 11, 2012 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
Sep 12, 2012 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sep 14, 2012 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater