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Chris Carrabba - Singer/Guitarist
Suzie Zeldin - Mandolin
Jonathan Clark - Bass
Ben Homola - Drums

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Having spent more than a decade baring his musical soul as leader of beloved alt-rock trailblazers Dashboard Confessional, Chris Carrabba knows quite a bit about creating music that speaks directly to listeners' hearts. Now, with his rootsy new foursome Twin Forks, the singer-guitarist-songwriter and his bandmates—mandolinist/vocalist Suzie Zeldin, also a member of The Narrative, bassist Jonathan Clark and Bad Books drummer Ben Homola—take a slightly different route to musical transcendence. On its self-titled debut album, the fresh foursome delivers a dozen effortlessly uplifting, life-affirming tunes that combine resonant acoustic textures with catchy, celebratory songcraft.

"'Joyous' is a word that we kept coming back to, and it was a touchstone in making this record," Carrabba notes.

Twin Forks' boundless energy and infectious optimism are embodied by such memorable new tunes as the sweetly romantic "Can't Be Broken," the rousing singalong hoedown "Back To You," the giddily anthemic "Cross My Mind," the brightly bittersweet "Plans" and the poignant, wistful album-closer "Who's Looking Out." Beyond their vivid lyrics and hook-filled melodies, the songs showcase Carrabba's expressive lead vocals, his and Zeldin's soaring boy/girl harmonies and the band's organic instrumental rapport.

Twin Forks' upbeat vibe and earthy sound may surprise those familiar with Carrabba's cathartic, emotionally raw songwriting with Dashboard Confessional and its harder-edged predecessor Further Means Forever. The new combo actually reflects some of Carrabba's earliest musical influences, namely the bluegrass, country and '60s and '70s singer-songwriters that helped to shape his musical consciousness early in life.

"When I first started playing music," he recalls, "I started tuning my guitars to sound weird, to convince myself that I was doing something new, rather than reflecting my influences. But eventually it came to a point where, having explored a lot of different directions with Dashboard and feeling like I needed a new start, it made sense to me to embrace a more traditional approach to song structure and arrangements. I'm not interested anymore in tricking myself into hiding the things that I love."

Twin Forks was born out of Carrabba's creative restlessness. Despite Dashboard Confessional's ongoing popularity, the artist's need to explore new musical ground inspired him to take a break from the band following its well-received 2009 album Alter the Ending, which came on the heels of a decade of almost nonstop touring. Looking for new options for expression, he spent three years teaching himself traditional fingerpicking technique, and began writing songs in a more direct, stripped-down vein.

In 2011, Carrabba released the limited-edition all-covers album Covered in the Flood, featuring his interpretations of songs by the likes of Guy Clark, John Prine, Cory Branan, Big Star and the Replacements. That project provided an opportunity to collaborate with some longtime friends, including future Twin Forks cohorts Zeldin, Homola and Clark. The following year, Carrabba, Clark and Homola performed a stripped-down set combing cover tunes with Carrabba's new acoustic compositions at the prestigious Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco. That well-received gig proved to be a pivotal one, instilling Carrabba with an increased sense of confidence in his new direction and laying the groundwork for the Twin Forks lineup.

Despite that, when he began recording an album of his new songs, in a garage space that Carrabba had converted into a recording studio, the artist still wasn't looking to form a new band. But his chemistry with cohorts Zeldin, Homola and Clark quickly took on a life of its own.

"Initially they were just helping me to get my ideas out, but in short order it became evident that there was a special connection," Carrabba recalls.

The musicians' rapport also influenced the music's direction. "Initially I was leaning towards making more of a sedate, dreamy record with a lot of fingerpicking," Carrabba explains. "But we all had so much fun together that the songs kept coming out joyous and positive, so we followed that. The camaraderie in the room, and the fun that we were having, started to shape the attitude of the songwriting. I'd finish writing a song and record a guitar/vocal performance, and then we'd all listen to it, and then we'd all play it together and record it while it was still new, and that's what you hear on the record.

"We kind of threw caution to the wind, in a way that I never really have before," he continues. "We focused on capturing the spirit of what we were doing, rather than pursuing perfection or isolating the instruments. That feeling is all over the tracks and that's what we wanted this band to be—like, let's allow ourselves to be excited."

According to Carrabba, whatever resistance he had to making Twin Forks a permanent situation vanished as soon as the new band played its first official show. "We walked on stage saying 'We're not a band,' and we walked off stage saying, 'OK, I guess we're a band.' All of us have other projects, but for me, that's when Twin Forks suddenly became my main thing, and was no longer secondary to any other musical endeavor."

With Twin Forks, Carrabba reaps the musical benefits of his willingness to step outside of his established musical framework. Now he's eager to see where this phase of his musical journey takes him.

"Twin Forks has been an adventure, and it still feels that way," he says. "We're all such true believers in this band, and we believe it deserves a chance to succeed or fail on its own merits. So we've been careful not to prop it up on the shoulders of the other bands we've been in. I love Dashboard and I love Further, and I don't have any plans to not do those bands with those guys. But Twin Forks is where my heart is right now, and I feel grateful to be in another band that I care about this much."
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Twin Forks unveil new "Back to You" music video

Hot off the hells of their recent Canadian tour with the wilkdly popular Phillip Phillips, Twin Fork's have unveiled their new video for single "Back to You," premiering exclusively on CMT Edge. The first part of a two-part tale, the source aptly deems the short-film "a cinematic clip that balances a sun-filled, nostalgic childhood with a curious cliffhanger." Fret not, as the sequel to "Back to You" is just on the horizon, slated for a premiere in the next coming days.

Watch the new video www.cmtedge.com target="_blank">HERE exclusively on CMT Edge.

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Twin Forks announce Canadian tour dates

Folk-Pop outfit Twin Forks have just announced a string of upcoming Canadian dates in support of their recently released self-titled debut alongside the wildly talented Phillip Phillips. The route sees them travel from the Maritimes starting March 8 in Halifax all the way to the West Coast on March 28 to close out the tour in Vancouver. See the full list of dates below.

TWIN FORKS CANADIAN TOUR DATES
03.08.14 Halifax, NS – Dartmouth Sportsplex
03.10.14 Quebec City, QC – Grand Theatre de Quebec
03.11.14 Montreal, QC – Place Des Arts
03.12.14 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre / Centre National des Arts
03.14.14 Toronto, ON – Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
03.15.14 Kingston, ON – Rogers K-Rock Centre
03.16.14 Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Place Theatre
03.20.14 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
03.21.14 Regina, SK – Brandt Centre
03.23.14 Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place
03.24.14 Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
03.25.14 Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
03.27.14 Kamloops, BC – Interior Savings Centre
03.28.14 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

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Twin Forks is available now on iTunes. Click smarturl.it target="_blank">HERE to purchase your copy.
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Watch Twin Forks new Much Office Session!

Twin Forks dropped by MUCH HQ recently to play a few of their ultra-catchy tunes during their last stop in Toronto. Sing along to fan-favourites "Cross My Mind" and "Back To You" below.

www.muchmusic.com target="_blank">Click to watch Twin Forks Much Office Session!

Both session tracks can be for on Twin Forks' debut album, available everywhere. Get your hands on a copy below!

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Twin Forks' "Can't Be Broken" Starbucks Pick of the Week!

For a limited time, US-based Twin Forks fans can download "Can't Be Broken" for FREE via the Starbucks Mobile App! The track is off the newly-released Twin Forks EP, available now digitally and physically.

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Twin Forks debut LP available everywhere!

The heavily lauded debut from Twin Forks is available everywhere. An album well suited to anthemic stadiums, as it is to intimate campfires, members Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional) and co. have crafted what Alternative Press considers an album full of "accessible roots and Americana songs akin to John Prine, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty." (4/5 stars).

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"When I started playing acoustic-based music, I wasn’t trying to avoid traditional folk because I didn’t love it -- I just loved it so much and didn’t wanna do an injustice to it," Carrabba notes. "And I had other influences and I thought, why can't I combine this punk and hardcore feeling with this classic folk feeling -because they were both such massive loves of mine. But right now I'm more excited about utilizing the age-old, time-tested thing and trying to excel within the parameters of a traditional template."

Catch the band on tour across Europe, the UK, and North America in the coming weeks. bit.ly target="_blank">For all dates, click HERE.
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Video

Twin Forks - Kiss Me Darlin' (Live at Exclaim!)

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Twin Forks - Cross My Mind

Twin Forks - Back To You

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