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Carbon Leaf

"I walked to the store today. I fell in love when I saw her at the cheese counter".

I wrote this line around the time of our 2nd album, to illustrate how I don't like to write. These days, I'm finding that there's a lot of freedom in this line, and that describing things for what they are gains you alot of freedom. I like the line now. I think it's good. I use the word 'good' intentionally, because you're always told, "never use the word 'good', there are thousands of better words to more accurately describe something..."

Don't believe it.

'Good' is one of the best words I know. It's an accurate barometer, when it's meant. "How do you really feel?" "I feel good." It's one syllable, easy to understand, mellow and confident. It is the opposite of Bad. Good is the ember. It sits there and smolders for you. It does it's job quietly. If you're, lucky, you know what Good feels like. Sometimes Good in life is rare, but when it's there, you know it, and it feels good.

"I walked to the store today. I fell in love when I saw her at the cheese counter".

I like the line now. I think it's good. But the line never really happened to me, so I didn't put it in a song. If you're going to be so plain spoken, it has to be true. When it's true, there's nothing to hide. There is a lot of merit to that kind of writing, though it's still the challenge to say something in a way that hasn't been said over and over again, the same as before and before...

Unless, of course, it's simply good?and true. And, in rock and roll music, people relate to the cheese counter.

So cheese is good, but only if it's real.


I grew up in Blackstone, Va., a small town south of Richmond. I spent the better part of the summers at the beach in North Carolina when I could, and the school year was usually full of kayaking/climbing expeditions with my dad and friends. I always loved music when I was younger, but never played. Skating and surfing introduced me to punk and heavier music, which I still love and Virginia has a rich musical history that had already had an effect on me that I would not realize until much later.

I went to college at Randolph Macon and began playing music and I studied English, Biology, and Environmental science during my time there.

I spend my free time playing music with my friends around Richmond and working on other little projects. Skating and other outdoor activities still consume much of my life, though I am not free to pursue them as much as I could before we started touring so much.

Thanks for listening and I hope to see you at a show soon. Best.......later

Musicians that inspire me - Brad Mehldau, Edgar Meyer, David Grier, Pat Metheny, Danny Gatton, Bela Fleck, Mike Marshall


Instrument: Basses and vocals
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Equipment Links: Benedict Basses, Lakland Basses, D'Addario Strings
Email: jordan@carbonleaf.com

Things that make me happy:
My beautiful wife Lisa, family, friends, traveling, shopping for basses, listening to Ralph Vaughn Williams' Symphony #5 in D Major while pondering life's mysteries

Sting, Jaco, Victor Wooten, Les Claypool, The Police, Miles Davis, Barenaked Ladies, Tony Levin, Rush, Charles Mingus, Ronald Carter

What's in my mp3 Player This Week:
Jars of Clay, Chantal Kreviazuk, Coldplay, Counting Crows, U2

Bio Beginning to 3/01
Well...it's been two years and two records with the band...and I'm still the newbie...but I can't thank the guys enough for letting me hop on board!

I guess for me it all started when I walked into Southern Pawn Shop in VA Beach and thought I wanted a guitar. But then, out of the corner of my eye, there she was...what was soon to be my first bass. I don't know what it was, but there was no way I was settling for a guitar.

With my first bass and the new set of strings and beginning bass book my parents bought me it was non-stop bass playing for me. Whether it was All-City Jazz Band or various garage bands, I always wanted to be playing. I even played the Oboe in my high school band so I could be in the Jazz Band (I used to play a mean "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel on Oboe...)

While everybody else in high school was hangin' after school, I was busy learning U2 The Joshua Tree, any Rush song I could, Police tunes, and jazz tunes. As high school came to an end, I had to figure out what I was going to do...Luckily, my friend Roland went to audition at James Madison University and told the String Bass Teacher, Sam Cross, about me. Sam got in touch with me and said I couldn't study electric bass and that I'd have to learn Double Bass (Upright Bass) to study there. So for four months I studied with Carroll Bailey and auditioned at James Madison and was accepted.

At JMU I developed my Double Bass technique under Sam's tutelage which only enhanced my electric bass playing. (if anybody's looking for a great legit Double Bass Teacher...Sam's your man!!) I also met a lot of people who taught me a lot about music...the stuff that's not on the page ...While I was there I performed in the JMU Symphony, JMU Jazz Ensemble, JMU Wind Symphony and the JMU Marching Royal Dukes. For anybody who doesn't know about the MRDs...that was a kickin' gig. I got to play electric bass with a 400+ member ensemble in front of thousands of people each weekend with a HUGE amp behind me (wish I had thought about wearing ear plugs...).

As my 4 years at JMU were winding down, I had no idea what I wanted to do. Luckily a friend of mine who played at Disney the summer before said I should audition. I was like, what have I got to lose? A week later I auditioned for Disney and was offered a spot in the Disney Grammy Collegiate Orchestra on Double Bass and Electric Bass. After spending a summer in Orlando playing with some of the countries best young musicians, I knew that all I wanted to do with my life was play bass.

After my summer in Orlando I came back to Virginia and worked some odd jobs until one day I was surfing the web and found that a band in Richmond was looking for a bass player...I went to their website, listened to some of their stuff and sent an e-mail to Barry saying I really wanted to audition. The next week I auditioned and I felt like things just clicked between Barry, Terry, Scott, Carter and I. A few days later, Barry called me and offered me the gig...

Bio update 4/01 to present
It feels like an eternity since we released Echo Echo. I guess it has been a reality.... I'm now happily married. Terry's happily married and soon Carter will be happily married as well. Carbon Leaf's won an American Music Award, we've toured with fantastic bands like Great Big Sea and Jump Little Children, we've shared the stage with Jason Mraz, Ziggy Marley, Kathleen Edwards, North Mississippi All-Stars, we've played side stage for Dave Matthews, John Mayer, and Counting Crows, we've met great people at KMTT in Seattle, DC101 in DC, WBOS in Boston, and the guys in Nickel Creek, we've released our first live CD 5 ALIVE, and we're getting ready to release the next record. This whole thing known as Carbon Leaf has gone much further than I could've ever wished for. Well, I guess I've always hoped for world musical domination, but being a full-time musician was a little more realistic.

I'm so excited about the new record. I think it sounds fantastic, but I guess I'm a little biased...hopefully you guys'll dig it!!!


Hello there. If you?re reading this, it must mean you want to know something about me and/or my life. Well, which is it? What would you like to know?? Let?s see?I was born and raised in Radnor, PA (about 15 miles west of Philadelphia). I have one Mom and one Dad, both of whom still reside in Radnor. I also have 2 sisters, Lesley and Jill. Lesley is 32 yrs old; she works as a Vet(erinarian) Tech(nician) and does volunteer work for Freedom For Animals (FFA); she loves animals and is very passionate about their fair treatment; she is consequently a vegan (can you say ?tofurkey??); she hates the San Francisco weather (except during September and October) but loves earthquakes; she also loves her 2 cats, Elliot and Derby, and her psycho-man-eating dog, Lucy. Jill is 36; she is an independent film maker, also living in California (Oakland actually); for her day job, she works at Pinnacle Systems as an analyst; in her spare time, she works (ie. seeks funding, conducts interviews, etc.) on her own independent film ?Hollywood Horses? (apparently my great-grandfather was Fat Jones, a renown Hollywood horse trainer during the 30?s and 40?s ? who knew??); in May of last year, Jill married Jack, a music lover, computer guru and recent apendectomy survivor. Jack & Jill live with their 2 dogs, Belinda and Daisy. Jill is ? vegetarian and loves to be in school.

What else can I tell you? Let?s see?I practice drums whenever time will allow. I still play soccer. I started when I was 5 and played all thru middle school, high school and college. Needless to say, I miss most of the games. When I?m in town, I take piano lessons and teach drum lessons. I?m a horrible cook, but can manage an edible Boboli. I like to read but don?t do it nearly enough. I?m very interested in astronomy and plan to pursue that soon; so far I have located the sun and the moon. I love the beach AND the mountains, even though I?m very afraid of sharks and avalanches. I love to frolic in the ocean spray as the sun charrs my pale body. I love to ski. I love to snowboard too, though I'm not very good at it. I love movies. Favorite books include ?Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs? and ?Are You My Mother?? I love ?Law and Order? and ?The X-Files,? though I lost interest after Mulder left. "American Justice" on A&E makes me feel safe, and ?Whose Line is it Anyway? is hilarious. CNN Headline News anchorwoman Rudi Bakhtiar makes my heart flutter. I live in the upstairs of the band house with Buford. We're re-painting soon. E-mail me if you'd like to help.

Well, thanks for reading this far. You must REALLY be curious about me. Are you a stalker?? I could go on for pages. Actually, that's not true - that's all there is. Thanks for reading. And more importantly, thanks for listening.

Some of my favorite bands/musicians include:

Billy Martin, MMW, Jon Fishman, Carter Beauford, Mickey Hart (w/Planet Drum), Jim Keltner, Bill Frisell, Steve Gadd, Matt Chamberlain, Fiona Apple, Robert Jospe, Stanton Moore, Galactic, Vinnie Colaiuta, Sting, ?Philly Joe? Jones, Ben Perowsky, Mike Stern, Johnny Vidacovich, Travis Barker, Blink-182, Jeff Hamilton, Billy Conway, Morphine, Ahmir ??uestlove? Thompson, The Roots, Horacio Hernandez, Tim "Herb" Alexander, Primus, Gregg Bissonette, Dave Dicenso, Flaming Lips, Steven Drozd, John Prine, Wilco, Yo La Tengo, Calexico, David Gray, Beck...


"My full name is Terrell Harlan Clark and I was born on December 7, 1970 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Being born in paradise was just one of the many benefits of having a father that was a career Naval officer. The next big perk (other than the joy of military doctors and barbers) is that, although we moved around a lot, we almost always lived in cool places by some large body of water: Honolulu, HI; Annapolis, MD; Newport, RI; Virginia Beach, VA (twice!); Charleston, SC; Huntington Beach, CA; Fairfax, VA (also twice!). I finished high school in Fairfax and my parents still live there, so that is where I tell people I'm from.

I started playing guitar in my early teens and messed around in several garage bands through high school and college. While attending Randolph-Macon College (go Yellow Jackets!!) I had the good fortune of meeting Barry Privett. For our first few years, Barry did his best to keep me out of trouble and I tried hard to get him in some (not much has changed in 10 years!). Then in the fall of 1992, I started jamming with Carter, Scott and Palmer (our first bass player). All we needed was a singer and Barry was the only person who was dumb enough to try it.

After graduating from R-MC in 1993 with a degree in English, the band broke up and I moved back in with my folk in Fairfax and got a job at Boater's World. Rock. Barry was setting the "real world" on fire at Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the rest of the band had summer jobs while getting ready to head back to school. Just for fun we decided to get the band together and rock out in my parents basement one weekend. After several beers it was decided that Barry and I would move to Richmond and we would get the band back together. And Thus Began Carbon Leaf.

Before we knew it, Barry and I had moved into cozy little apartment in the Fan neighborhood of Richmond. The apartment was pretty schweet: It was two stories and only had heat in the kitchen. The theory was that the heat, which is supposed to rise, would flow through a grate in the kitchen ceiling and heat the second floor. Unfortunately, physics (or poor design) failed us miserably. The hot air would shoot out like a laser beam and could actually singe the hairs off of you legs. Meanwhile, in the rest of the house, you could see your breath. The good news is that when our pipes froze and burst in the kitchen, the water ran straight through the huge gaps in the floor. We were only broken into once and our other roommates were only mugged once, so it was a pretty good year.

A year later, we upgraded to a much cooler place on Floyd Ave. Barry and I lived in the first floor apartment and Carter and Scott eventually moved into the apartment upstairs. The Floyd Ave house (or as it is sometimes cleverly known Floyd House Productions) has been Carbon Leaf headquarters. For a while the whole band lived there and the basement was been converted into a practice space, so it has been mighty efficient. A semi-wise man (Barry) once said that the only way out of Floyd is death or marriage. I'm not that smart, but even I could see that marriage was a much better option.

Britt Peterson and I were married on April 21, 2001 and Barry finally allowed me to leave the Floyd compound. After two and a half happy years of marriage, Britt and I recently moved to a house in Richmond's West End and have officially become suburbanites. We were both skeptical at first, but the 'burbs rule: safe, plenty of room, and it's quiet. Damn, I sound old! The house is about 25 years old and the interior decoration hasn't been changed since 1976. It has been a lot of fun fixing it up and bringing it out of the disco era. All in all, life is really, really good.

That about brings you up to speed on me. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at terry@carbonleaf.com.

--- from the official Carbon Leaf website

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