Winston-Salem is one of the greatest small cities in the world. Famous Winston-Salemites will feature some accomplished people that have lived or live in Winston. All of the questions will be about their time in the Twin City.
Caleb Caudle left the Winston-Salem area for a year to move to New Orleans, but with some persuasion from his father, he felt like he needed to come back home. This Thursday night, he will release his new country album, Carolina Ghost, with a release party at the Garage (Event Details).
As a huge fan of fellow North Carolinians, The Avett Brothers, it is refreshing to have such a talented, singer songwriter in our neck of the woods. If you are a fan of musicians in the same realm as Jason Isbell, you will love Caudle’s stuff. I have spent the past two days with the title track (listen here), “Tuscaloosa” (watch a live video here), and my favorite, “Piedmont Sky” (watch a live video here) on repeat.
Caudle was born in Columbia, SC and moved to Germanton (just north of Winston) when he was 12. After high school, he moved down to Winston. When he moved back to Winston after his brief hiatus, Caudle fell in love with fellow Winston-Salemite, Lauren Harden, who went to Mt. Tabor and currently works at Airtype. The two will get married locally this fall.
When all have you lived in Winston-Salem?
I lived in Winston for 7 years, moved to New Orleans for a year and then back here in 2014.
Which Winston-Salem streets have you lived on?
Spring, Carolina, Washington Ave, Wachovia, West End Blvd and Summit.
What different local schools did you go to?
South Stokes High School.
Who were your favorite teachers at each school?
Mr. Jones was the coolest. He was my art teacher in high school. He made me listen to great music and allowed me to just play guitar in the classroom. Pretty amazing. I need to go see him sometime. He was really into letting folks just be themselves.
Where all have you had jobs in Winston-Salem?
Mellow Mushroom, Cat’s Corner(RIP), Fresh Market, Jersey Mike’s. I’m happy to say that I just hit 3 years doing music full time.
What are your top three local Winston-Salem restaurants?
Mary’s (of course), La Botana and Sakura.
When you lived in New Orleans, what did you miss most about Winston?
If you were on a stranded island and could just have one breakfast for the rest of your life, which would you choose: Moravian sugar cake, Bojangles biscuits, or Krispy Kreme doughnuts?
Cajun Filet. It’s always “Bo” time.
What is the ideal date night for you and your fiancé in Winston?
I suppose just grabbing a bite to eat and maybe catching a movie. We are both pretty laid back.
What is your favorite North Carolina Beach?
Kure. It’s the beach I went to growing up.
Where is your favorite place in the mountains of North Carolina?
What was your favorite concert at the Ziggy’s on Baity Street?
I opened for both Jason Isbell and Shooter Jennings there. Both were a lot of fun. I saw My Morning Jacket on the It Still Moves Tour and that was pretty great too.