Most people have worked on a project they would like to redo in some form or another. Carbon Leaf actually did it – revamping their debut album, “Indian Summer,” for Vanguard Records last year. The indie rockers, who veer from folk to country to bluegrass and Celtic, recorded new tracks and released “Indian Summer Revisited” for their own label, Constant Ivy Music.
“It was the 10-year anniversary for the album last year, and we decided to re-record it,” vocalist-multi-instrumentalist Barry Privett says while calling from Norfolk. “Since we’re not with Vanguard anymore, they own the master recordings, but we own the songs, so we thought it would be a good idea to record those songs again.”
So Privett and his band mates, multi-instrumentalist Carter Gravatt, guitarist Terry Clark, bassist Jon Markel and drummer Jason Neal, decided to, in essence, take the songs back and add some new wrinkles to the album. “I made some subtle changes, but we left the songs in the spirit in which they were originally recorded,” Privett says.
But don’t expect Carbon Leaf to be so reverential with its 2006 album, “Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat,” and 2009’s “Nothing Rhymes With Woman,” which they also plan to re-do.
“Nobody knows this yet, but we’re going to re-record those albums as well,” Privett says. “That will take care of our Vanguard albums and we’ll own all of the songs. We really want to redo ‘Repeat,’ since it was rushed. We did not hit the mark with that album. We’ll try to make it feel more organic. When I listen to it, every song is drum and vocal intensive. We had a pretty aggressive treatment of the songs. We can add some things to it and take out some of the vocals and add some instruments that Carter really shines at playing. We would like to rearrange the songs and add some harmonies to it, and we’ll also have some fun with ‘Nothing Rhymes With Woman.’”
You can expect Carbon Leaf to include songs from each of those albums when the band performs Friday at Cat’s Cradle.
“We love playing (tracks) from those albums,” Privett says. “There are a lot of favorites on each of those albums. But we have a lot to choose from.”
Carbon Leaf, which formed 20 years ago, has 10 albums worth of material, including a pair of 2013 albums, “Ghost Dragon Attacks Castle” and “Constellation Prize.”
For much of the week leading up to the Cradle show, Carbon Leaf will have showcased its Celtic side. “But that won’t be when we play the Cat’s Cradle,” Privett says. “We’re doing a St. Patrick’s Day show at Virginia Beach and a Shamrock concert in Washington D.C., but we’re going to do the regular show when we come in. We have plenty of material to play. We don’t have to do anything but what we normally do.”
Who: Carbon Leaf, with Aaron Gallagher opening
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro