Carla Ulbrich (Ohl-Brick) has been serving up her unique brand of musical comedy for over 20 years. Originally from the South and now based in New Jersey, she has performed all over the US and as far away as the UK. Through her music she dishes social commentary in the form of quirky and satirical Folk, Pop, Rock and Country songs. Her wit and candor have won her fans around the world as well as the praise of fellow songwriters like Christine Lavin.
Since making her professional solo recording debut in 1999 with the appropriately titled album “Her Fabulous Debut,” Carla Ulbrich has produced 10 albums. She has performed at high-profile venues like Texas’ legendary ‘Kerrville Folk Festival’ and Nashville’s prestigious ‘Bluebird Cafe.’ She has appeared as a musical guest on television shows; The Revolution” (ABC), “Homegrown Music” (WVIA TV), “Up All Night with Rhonda” (USA Network) and “The Other Side” (WGN). She has won numerous songwriting awards like; the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter Competition, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Showcase, The Logan Awards (for excellence in comedy music), and The Just Plain Folk Awards (Best Novelty/ Comedy Album).
“Twang” is the new Country EP from Carla Ulbrich, released worldwide to all major streaming services on March 1, 2022. Throughout the 8-song collection, the singer pairs her witticisms with some hot Country picking. The band slides between upbeat dance numbers, minor-key moods and honky-tonk barn burners without missing a beat. Meanwhile Carla skewers cliches (“Is it hot enough for ya?”), the movie industry (“She’s an Extra”) and religion (“Stop Tryin’ to Bring on the Apocalypse,”From the Bible”).
The band is stacked with heavy hitters. They include; 15-time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year Rob Ickes, 4-time Grammy winner Andy Leftwich on fiddle, Erik Halbig on electric guitar, Bob Harris on bass and lap steel, and Bob Malone on piano. In addition to her razor sharp lyrical wit, Carla herself is a classically trained guitarist.
Although much of Carla Ulbrich’s material is comedic, there is often an implied underlying social commentary. “Recovery Waltz” pokes a bit of fun at the singer’s own experience with the very serious issue of addiction recovery. “20 Rats” digs deeper into the issue with a serious recounting of a scientific study of addiction. However there are far more laughs than tears on “Twang,” as evidenced by the wonderfully titled and very funny album closer, “(Have You Tried) Not Bein’ a Dick.”
Check out “Twang” below, or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear the track “(Have You Tried) Not Bein’ Dick” on the Deep Indie Songwriters playlist. Follow the links below to connect with Carla Ulbrich. Get on her socials and dig into her rich catalog of music.