Ocean Carolina, led by lead vocalist and North Carolina-rasied songwriter Michael Simone, made their debut in the Spring of 2011 with the 5 song EP, followed with their first full-length album, “All The Way Home” in 2012.
Simone moved from coastal North Carolina to Brooklyn and found himself writing songs that were reminiscent of the AM radio that became synonymous with trips to the barber shop he took as a child.
Musicians joining the band for this journey include Caitlin Cary (Whiskeytown) on backing vocals and violin, Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams, Shooter Jennings) on pedal steel, with Peele Wimberley (The Connells) and Jeff Gensterblum (Small Brown Bike) on drums. Layered with the lead vocals and guitars of Michael Simone, the melodic bass guitar of Alex Cox and the 70’s era-Clapton influenced stylings of UK import Chris Buckle on lead guitar and backing vocals, the body of Ocean Carolina is complete.
Recorded and produced by bandmates Michael Simone and Alex Cox in a house off of the bay of Long Island and in an art loft in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Ocean Carolina merges the classic Outlaw country sound of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with a touch of folk from Neil Young. Simone sings with heart-felt vocals and an intensity that makes you hang on every word reminiscent of Ryan Adams or Jason Isbell.