SmallTown Strings are a brother and sister duo from Curlew, WA who are accompanied on stage with their dad, Jay Carlile, and occasionally their cousin, Josephine Hanseroth. They play Americana, Country, Rock and Bluegrass, performing both covers and original songs.
In 2023 they embarked on their first national tour, playing everything from private shows, festivals, small venues, to being on the main stage with their aunt, multi-Grammy award winner, Brandi Carlile, at multiple venues like Red Rocks, The Gorge, and Wolf Trap.
Caroline Carlile started playing the banjo at 9 years old. She also plays the guitar and piano, and writes her own music. Her brother, JayJ Carlile, plays guitar, bass, mandolin and fiddle, and also collaborates with their songwriting. Jay Carlile has been writing music with his family since his youth and accompanies Caroline and JayJ on several of their songs.
Press / Reviews
“Caroline Carlile, a ninth-grader from a tiny Washington town, who just so happens to be famed singer Brandi’s niece, released her latest single (and second ever) this week. That song, “Haunted Heart,” shows the raspy-delight of a vocal tone in the family that doesn’t only belong to Brandi. Check out the new single.” - Jacob Uitti
“Sweet Caroline of Curlew. Nobody calls her that yet, but they should. This summer, 14-year-old Caroline is hosting the second annual Kettle River Music Festival in Curlew, Washington, with help from her family and friends. I got a chance to chat with Caroline recently over a Zoom call. Dressed in blue overalls and her hair pulled back in a bun, this girl was spunky and very insightful for her age. Interview jitters? Not for Caroline. This talented up-and-coming artist wasn’t flustered in the slightest.” - Jeff Totey