Chris Carrabba grew up listening to Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt albums, developing a fondness for acoustic music that wasn’t always evident in his arena rock band Dashboard Confessional. However, with his new ensemble Twin Forks, the folk influence is unmistakable.
“At the beginning of Dashboard, I wanted to write an acoustic record, but every time I played a D, C or G chord — which are called the ‘cowboy chords’ — I would think about how Tom Petty or Cat Stevens or John Denver or Gordon Lightfoot did this already,” Carrabba says.
“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,” he adds. “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.”
Dashboard Confessional gained an international following and earned three gold albums in the mid-2000s. In 2011, Carrabba issued a solo project titled Covered in the Flood, which offered his renditions of Guy Clark’s “The Cape,” Justin Townes Earle’s “Mama’s Eyes” and John Prine’s “Long Monday,” among others.
Now he’s teamed up with mandolin player Suzie Zeldin, bassist Jonathan Clark and drummer Ben Homola for Twin Forks, which released their self-titled LP in February. Their dramatic new music video, “Back to You,” is a cinematic clip that balances a sun-filled, nostalgic childhood with a curious cliffhanger. As beautiful as it is, the ending will leave you wanting more — which is why you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for the sequel in the coming days.
Enjoy the CMT Edge premiere of Twin Forks’ new video, “Back to You.”