The CarLeans are a musical collaboration between singer-songwriters Jim Carpenter (guitar, vocals), Sarah MacLean (guitar, vocals) and Rachel MacLean-Sargent (vocals). Along with bassist Corina Malbaurn, the Connecticut-based quartet blend their diverse musical backgrounds to create a captivating sound that had been garnering much attention from New England to Florida to Texas. Their vast repertoire adapts well to the various regions they tour through (folk, cajun, latin, and americana) . . . at once narrative, humorous, raw and powerful. Jim's percussive, driving guitar joins with Malbaurn’s equally solid upright bass to lay groove for the MacLean twin's soulful, commanding voices. The performance is at once a gritty, emotional whisper; dynamic sibling harmony, and a stunning R&B confession . . . offset by a sudden comical exchange and inevitably inciting the audience to its feet to dance.
The CarLeans have had the good fortune to perform at such esteemed venues as the Infinity Hall CT, Daryl's House NY, Awendaw Barn, SC, The Narrows, MA, Isis Music Hall NC, Skinny Pancake VT, Saxon TX, Neutral Ground LA, Katharine Hepburn Theater CT, Good Stuff NC, Prohibition FL, Eugene O'Neil Theater CT and Osippee Music Fest ME . . . sharing the stage with The Subdudes, Mipso, Marcia Ball, Hurrah for Riff Raff, Chris Ross, Donna the Buffalo and Birds of Chicago.
Sarah with sister Rachel won a 2013 Whalie Award for their CD 'Other Side of Loving Me' (produced by Jim Carpenter).
Jim Carpenter is the winner of Chicago's Lake County Songwriters Competition and was a finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival, Boston Rose Garden Competition, and the Nashville CMT Song Contest. He won four Whalie Awards.
jason isbell, gillian welch & dave rawlings, lyle lovett, civil wars, allison krauss, kim richey, lucinda williams, kathleen edwards, mark knopler, patty griffin, over the rhine, the duhks, buddy & julie miller, secret sisters, kelly willis & bruce robison, lyndi ortega & champagne james