EP being released tonight!

Hey guys!  So tonight is the big night - Chelsea Carlson & John Graham’s EP is coming out online for you stream and listen to!  

You can check out our website or Facebook page in a few hours to hear the EP.  Although it is not for sale online, you can pick up your copy for just $5 at one of our upcoming live shows!  If you want to hear a preview, click here.

A big thanks goes out to Manny Kallins and Jimi Alan for recording the EP, and to Jean Fordyce for the awesome cover photoshoot!



Montauk Music Festival, Groove in the Grove, and new EP

So it’s been a long time since I updated this blog.  It’s been more busy than it’s ever been, not just in the music world but in my non-music life too (wait, I have one of those?)  There was so much going on with Chelsea Carlson & the Black Dogs as well as our acoustic duo, and it all fell in at the same time as finals at college and starting my new job teaching “Girls Rock Too” at Valley Music Center.

April was a big month of stuff - from the band’s NYC debut to performing at the legendary Stanhope House, and May has followed in its footsteps.

We began May with a big announcement - Chelsea Carlson & John Graham, the acoustic duo, just recorded an original EP.  We recorded the EP at the end of April with producer Manny Kallins in Califon NJ.  In addition to my recording of “Lost in Love,” the EP includes two new songs called “Cherry Blossom” and “Like Sheep.”  Photographer Jean Fordyce of Fordyce Studio in Long Valley took the cover photo.  We received the final distribution of the CD’s last Tuesday, and began selling them this weekend at two back-to-back music festivals.

After a long week of practice and preparation, John and I left for Long Island on Thursday to perform at the Montauk Music Festival.  For those of you who don’t know, Montauk is at the very tippy top of Long Island - and it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.  With ocean water on both sides, beaches as far as the eye can see, an awesome lighthouse, and a friendly vibe, neither of us wanted to come home.

On Thursday night we attended the opening party of the festival, met some great musicians, and heard a lot of cool bands.  After enjoying the scenery on Friday, we performed our set at the Last Hope Lagoon down on the beach.  Right after our set, we packed up the car and headed back for New Jersey.

Why would we do this in the middle of the night you ask?  After all, Montauk is a four hour drive from Morris County.

Well - it was because we were playing at the greatest little singer-songwriter festival around, Groove in the Grove at Vasa Park in Budd Lake.  I performed at Groove in the Grove last year, but only at the open mic.  This year, John and I were up on the mainstage, and performed a half hour set of all-original music.  

Groove 2012 was so great.  I think the audience enjoyed our set, and we received so much support from everyone around.  The day was gorgeous and the people were awesome, and the talent from all the great musicians who performed throughout the day was tangible.  We want to shout out a big thanks to Clark and Renee Paddock for having us perform at the festival, and hope very much to do it again next year!

We also have some great news!  John and I will be appearing on Homegrown Radio, an internet radio show, this June to promote CC&BD’s upcoming show at the Black Potatoe Festival!  Stay tuned for more information.

So now come the preparations for CC&BD’s show at the Black River Barn this Wednesday, and a lot more shows after that.  Summer is off to a great start!


Recap of Sullivan Hall; Mailing List Contest Winners Announced!


Tonight, Chelsea Carlson & the Black Dogs made their New York City debut as a band.  It was an amazing night and will be a memory I never forget.  The five of us have performed in NYC together in the past as students at School of Rock.  Last summer, John, Robert, and I performed at the Bitter End.  But tonight was something completely different.  Tonight it was all about CC&BD’s.  And we definitely rock hardest in this band.

First of all - Sullivan Hall was a great venue.  The room was awesome and had little tables and a large bar.  The stage was really cool.  It was huge and we had a ton of room to rock out (haha).  But my favorite part would have to be the lights - I seriously want a light show at my shows from now on!!!

We played eight of our favorite songs, and I think the audience really liked it too.  Not only did we have people travel from a far distance to come see us perform our debut show in the big apple, but we saw lots of new faces in the crowd.  We just want to thank everyone who came out to the show tonight, as it was so nice to be able to share this memory with you.  You guys really make the shows worthwhile!!

A big thanks goes out to Sullivan Hall for having us perform!  Thank you guys, we hope to play at your venue again!

I’m pretty exhausted now though lol, it was a long and exciting day.


Last week, we announced on the CC&BD’s Facebook page that we’d be holding a contest for people to win two free tickets to our upcoming show at the Stanhope House this Friday night.  You were entered into the contest by signing up for our mailing list.

Our first prize winner is the lucky Clark Paddock, who received two free tickets to our show at the Stanhope House, opening up for nationally-known folk rock band Peter Karp & Sue Foley!

Our three second prize winners are Michael Kerby, Karen Anderson, and Peter Bolton.  They will be receiving a copy of my original single, “Lost in Love,” and a photo of CC&BD’s.  

Thank you to everyone who entered and signed up for the list!  If you missed this contest, please sign up for our mailing list today by clicking here - you’ll stay up to date with all the latest news, photos, video, and more!

If you’re interested in coming to see us perform at the Stanhope House this Friday, we’d love to see you!  The Stanhope House is located at 45 Main Street, Stanhope NJ.  Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts between 7:30 and 8:00.  We’ll be opening for the CD release party of Peter Karp & Sue Foley (He Said - She Said); a nationally known folk-rock band.  This show is all ages, and tickets are $20 at the door.

Hope to see you there!


CC&BD’s make their New York City debut TONIGHT!


Chelsea Carlson & the Black Dogs make their New York City debut tonight at Sullivan Hall in Greenwich Village!  Come out for a night of awesome music!  Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $10 if you are over 21 and $15 if you are under 21 (underage guests also receive a voucher for a free soft drink).  Admission is for the whole night including performances by Charm Face, Lawrence Trailer, Silent Fury, and the Propaganda Machine.  Must be 18+ or accompanied by a parent.  Everyone needs ID (school ID accepted.)  

This show is an amazing milestone for us!  In the past, the five of us have performed together on various occasions in New York City - but this is going to be one helluva night: OUR first show.  The first show we earned.  The first show we booked.  We would love to share this awesome memory with all of you!!!  


Win two FREE tickets to CC&BD’s upcoming show at the Stanhope House!

Want to win two free tickets to Chelsea Carlson & the Black Dogs’ upcoming show at the Stanhope House? All you have to do is sign up for our mailing list, and you’ll be entered to win!!!

Click here to go to our mailing list sign up, and just leave your full name and email, and write “Stanhope Contest” in the subject! 

On Wednesday April 4 at midnight, we’ll be randomly selecting one first prize winner and three second prize winners out of everyone who signed up between March 30 and April 4! We will announce the winners at midnight on our Facebook Page

The first prize winner will receive two free tickets (value $40) to our upcoming show at the famous Stanhope House on Friday April 6! We’ll be opening up for the talented Peter Karp & Sue Foley’s CD release show. Doors open at 7:00 PM, and the show is all ages.

The three second prize winners will receive a copy of Chelsea’s original single, “Lost in Love,” and a photo of Chelsea Carlson & the Black Dogs!

By signing up for the mailing list, you’ll receive various news, pictures, videos, and upcoming show information - not to mention exclusive offers only available to email subscribers!

Enter now, and good luck!!!

* Contest only open to people who sign up between March 30 and April 4. Those who are already subscribed are not eligible. First prize winners will claim their tickets at the door of the Stanhope House on Friday April 6. Second prize winners will be required to provide a mailing address upon winning to receive their prizes. 


Recap of Prepstock

Last Friday night, March 30, was definitely my favorite Chelsea Carlson & the Black Dogs show so far.  We performed as the headlining band at Rutger’s Prep School’s annual music festival, Prepstock - and it was a truly amazing experience.

Our drummer, Matt Mikkelsen, is Prepstock’s organizer.  This is the second year that he put together a fantastic music festival.  It’s funny when I look back on Prepstock 2011 - as John, Matt, and I all performed, but not in the same band.  I had fun last year, but Prepstock 2012 totally blew last year’s show out of the water.  Prepstock 2012 was in a new location, had a bigger and greater audience, and I got to perform with the best band I’ve ever been in - Chelsea Carlson & the Black Dogs.

We performed a fifteen song set.  Our version of “Love Song” definitely went down as song-of-the-night; our jam sections completely brought down the house.  You can watch “Love Song” by clicking here.

All the musicians who performed at Prepstock were so great.  I wanted to shout out a big thank you to Matt for putting together yet another awesome show, and a huge thanks to our fantastic audience.  The show would not have been the same without you guys there to cheer us on.

Here is a video mashup of some of the songs we performed.  If you would like to watch more video, check out our Youtube Channel by clicking here.


Looking for music lessons?

So I decided that I should go back to teaching music lessons - after all, I’m going to be here for quite a few months, and I love teaching!  In the past, I’ve only taught bass guitar.  But now I’ve decided to add a lot to my available lessons!

Get bass, guitar, or voice lessons from me for a low price!  I’ll be giving music theory tutoring!  I’m also including “packages” and “specials” that focus on songwriting, stage presence, audition preparation, and more!!!

Lessons cost $20 for a half hour, $30 for an hour, and deals are available for back-to-back lessons.

If you live in the Mt. Olive Township / Washington Township / Roxbury Township area, please check out my new lessons website and contact me to set up your lesson today!



Acoustic show tomorrow at the Publick House

Come see me and John Graham perform an acoustic show at the Publick House in Chester NJ tomorrow night from 7:30 - 10:00 PM!  We’ll be performing all sorts of acoustic rock covers and originals.  Get a pre-weekend drink, celebrate the spring, and listen to some awesome music!

For more information, please visit the event: http://www.facebook.com/events/193015874134587/


Chelsea Carlson & the Black Dogs playing “War Pigs” by Black Sabbath and “Zombie” by the Cranberries at the Black River Barn on February 29.


Chelsea Carlson & John Graham now have Facebook page!

Hi guys!  So yesterday I launched a Facebook page completely dedicated to my acoustic duo with John Graham!  For those of you who don’t know, John and I play acoustically around the New Jersey area at restaurants, festivals, and parties.  Our next upcoming show will be Thursday March 22 at the Publick House in Chester.

Please give our new page a “like” and help us out! :)