Fans of classic country and western swing are falling in love with The Carolyn Sills Combo's live show, chock full of three part vocal harmonies, dueling guitar and non-pedal steel instrumentals and tight arrangements of their own distinct style of music known as 'spaghetti western swing.'
Nominated for five Ameripolitan Awards in the last three years, the group took home the trophy in 2018 for Best Western Swing Group. Their current release, Dime Stories Vol 2, was named by No Depression as one of the top new releases of 2016. The group has opened for and/or shared the stage with western music legends Asleep At The Wheel, James Hand and Don Edwards. They are currently preparing to release a third album which is heavily influenced by one of their musical inspirations, Marty Robbins. Catch The Carolyn Sills Combo on their tour throughout the South, Southwest, Colorado, The Pacific Northwest and California in 2019.
"The Carolyn Sills Combo’s flavor of gourmet country peels back the layers of western roots to tuck in genuine storytelling, solid musicianship, tight arrangements and good times. Although Sills prefers to write songs from experience, she writes fantastic fiction. “Even Villains Once Were Babies” tells a tale of the lamenting mothers of outlaws. “I was listening to Marty Robbins and I thought, ‘How would he write a song from a woman’s perspective?’” Sills says. Early country music is perpetually being digested through the combo. Ennio Morricone’s climactic soundtracks spawned a collection of their swing songs. Patsy Cline is Sills’ biggest vocal muse. Merle Travis influenced the way Egan picks his guitar, while Bob Wills’ legendary live performances inspire the band to put on a proper party for their audience.” – Monterey County Weekly
"The five-piece Carolyn Sills Combo brings plenty of vitality and good humor to their vintage retro-country/western setup, all topped off by Sills herself, whose crisp, rangey voice is the ideal icing on a sweet, sparkling cake. The entire band––singer to guitars to drums––is captured with a generous hand on the warm, wet reverb spigot. “Big Canoe” delivers a dose of silly fun; “Rotary Phone Blues” shows the band at its most amiable, while “Even Villains Once Were Babies” has serious undertones in a cautionary tale of poor child-rearing. All in all, Sills & Co. are a tight pro unit, perfect for bookings, but also should be considered for film/TV opportunities." - Music Connection Magazine