Carolina Rain's talents are so dazzling and so self-evident that the group should have vaulted to instant stardom years ago. Instead, the group's bonds have been strengthened by a climb that has sometimes been painfully slow.
The real story starts In 1999 when Rhean Boyer (vocals, guitar) got a job as a security guard at Belmont University in Nashville. He met new arrival in his service, Marvin Evatt (vocals, banjo, guitar), and the two were soon riding around in a squad car, writing songs together. A few months earlier, Jeremy Baxter (vocals, mandolin) had walked into choir practice at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Lebanon to find Rhean sitting in his spot. He sat down beside him, and they heard one another's voices for the first time. Then Rhean brought Marvin with him to services. They got Jeremy a security-guard job at Belmont, and the trio began rehearsing in earnest. Their first songwriting collaboration, "Carolina Rain," named the trio.
Producer/songwriter Robert Ellis Orrall took Carolina Rain under his wing and into his studio. But the group's first showcase for a major record label turned into a disaster when both the lights and the sound system failed. Orrall's tapes and another showcase led to an offer from a second record company, but the group didn't like the terms of the contract and walked away from the deal.
Six months later, Carolina Rain sang their songs for Equity's Mike Kraski and were offered a contract on the spot. In 2004, producer/songwriter Stephony Smith took Carolina Rain into the studio to begin work on its album for the label. Progress continued in 2005 when Equity Music Group partner Clint Black offered the trio the use of his studio. The joy that Rhean Boyer, Jeremy Baxter and Marvin Evatt found when they first sang together seven years ago is now on disc for the world to hear.
Carolina Rain's debut album, Weather The Storm, is solid proof that togetherness pays off. On it, these three men practically breathe in harmony. The layered vocal mix and bopping rhythms of "Isn't She" delight the ears, as do the soaring voices and uplifting tone of "Sweet Virginia Kiss." The stirring emotions of "All Before The Sun Goes Down" are brought to life via full-throated harmonizing. "Dealin'" is airy and meditative, and "Someone's Child" is a social statement, while "Let's Get It On" is a rocking party.
Death haunts the lyrics of "The Man I've Been Looking For," yet they sing of romance in "That's Alright With Me." The three voices build in intensity throughout the upbeat love song "I Ain't Scared." On the dreamy "Who Needs The Sun," the vocals echo and answer one another. As if to demonstrate the trio's extraordinary vocal fire power, there's a moment in the groove tune "Carolina Rain" where the harmonies are left unadorned by any instrumentation. The rapid-fire wordplay of the group's hit single "Get Outta My Way" is handled in perfect trio harmony.