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Adam Carroll
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ADAM CARROLL Singer/Songwriter Tyler, TX; 1975 - ADAM CARROLL joins the short list of down-home storytellers taking events of ordinary lives and turning them into deeply moving, often humorous songs. Though he's kept a low profile, his past three records have earned him critical acclaim throughout the world. “The core of what I do is songwriting; it's the one thing I'm passionate about. It's the most fulfilling and challenging job I can imagine." From his first studio record, South of Town, through Far Away Blues, to his latest release, OLD TOWN ROCK N ROLL, the quality of Adam Carroll’s songwriting never wavers. Adam Carroll is one of those songwriters with a rare command of the English language as well as an amazing sense of melody. It's little surprise that he's earned enviable comparisons to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Todd Snider, John Prine, and even Bob Dylan. Like those songwriters, Carroll uses ironic (but heartfelt) humor to leaven his sometimes personal, usually emotional, and always poignant observations. His upcoming record, Old Town Rock N Roll, hits the shelves in the spring of 2008, and is an intimate tapestry of life on (and off) the road. "Life can be screwed up," Carroll explaines. "And while I'm not a zippity do dah kind of guy, when I write a song, there's always a kind of redemption in it. I don't know if I have a brighter outlook than anybody else - I get driven crazy by some stuff - but laughing, even when things aren't really funny, keeps me going." Adam Carroll begins his international tour to support Old Town Rock N Roll in May.
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Average Rating : 4.8              Total Reviews: 101


Adam Carroll  05/03/2010            
Jordan W
Adam is an excellent songwriter. He will admit very little, but his roots from the Sabine River Valley show in his songwriting. That is all we can ask. Having purchased every album and seen him on multiple occasions, I can say his show is worth seeing. However, he is not personable nor friendly, unless you are a personal acquaintance. I am from his homeland, so I understand his music which is truly unique. Although a dull person, Adam Carroll writes for a specific group of people, and he knows this is a solemn truth. The Sabine River Rats commend him; Please keep writing Adam...
Adam Carroll  02/12/2010            
Lewis
Just heard "Gulf Coaster Losers" from Hard Times on WFMU (91.1 fm in NYC area or wfmu.org on the web). Great song! and now I know another great song writer / singer! Definitely worth the cost of the CD for that single song and I can only guess that others are as good from what I have learned subsequently.
Adam Carroll  01/06/2010            
Jeff Giddens
Adam Carroll & Michael O'Connor - Hard Times * Posted by Jeff Giddens on No Depression and Sounds Country websites Re-Posted by Permission from Jeff Giddens 1. In case you have forgotten the power of an album, in this age of 30 second audio samples, digital only singles, and increasingly short attention spans, Adam Carroll and Michael O'Connor would like to refresh your memory. Hard Times, the new collaborative effort between the two, stands as a complete song cycle about one thing: Gulf Coast losers. Carroll has made a career of writing about wretched people who live off the beaten path, while O'Connor is better known for being a sideman for Slaid Cleaves and Susan Gibson, among others. This record finds them writing together on most of the songs, revealing the intricacies of those who live on the south coast of Texas and Louisiana. 2. "New Years Eve" finds Carroll sketching the figure of a hard luck musician "turnin' water into wine" over O'Connor's wailing slide guitar, before moving into "Bernadine". In this tale, a man with slightly better luck becomes a winner, despite being a self proclaimed "run down low rent Gulf Coast loser" and begs a woman to "make [his] hard times shine like gold". After losing all his money in the second verse, the whore becomes the saint Bernadine, and he promises to "cast his nets into the Galveston Bay" in exchange for a little help. O'Connor's raspy voice outlines the often simultaneous desire for pleasure and salvation. 3. "Billy Gibbons' Beard" circles around a drunk with a "bar tab twice as long" as the title who just wishes he had another shot at high school, when he passed up on an opportunity to touch the famed guitarist's facial hair. O'Connor' follows it up with "Throw a Nickel", another character study that traces the money trail from the poor into the hands of the law and the clergy. Carroll uses the title track to follow another down and out loser whose friends seem to be the only ones feeling the effects, until he buys a round for the crowd of one at a bar that turns out to be BYOB. 4. O'Connor's "Bottle Down" assures that "all the liquor in your veins", presumably as a result of the recession, "has got you in the devil's chains," as he pleads with a loved one to abstain, while Carroll adds a smoldering harmonica, before lightening the mood with the bouncy "Tired Of Myself", asking "can I be somebody new?". The pair cover each other on the next two tracks, with Carroll tackling "Sleepy Town", which follows two fallen stars who contribute a lot of action to their unsuspecting home. O'Connor takes on Carroll's "Highway Prayer", which previously appeared on his most recent record Old Town Rock and Roll. A stirring tribute to drifters, road warriors, and "those whose seeds in life are scattered", all beautifully underscored by producer Gabe Rhodes' harmonium. After a short harmonica interlude, they finish the record with the thesis statement, "Gulf Coast Losers", penned with Gordy Quist of the Band of Heathens. The song looks out from the viewpoint of a man who knows his place in the world, "choking down hot boxed wine" but perfectly content with his social standing who enters an ill-fated battle of the bands (against some out-of-towners named "Billy Gibbons' Beard"). 5. Carroll and O'Connor have crafted a complete record about a slice of life where there is little to do but laugh. Managing to realize the effects of an economic recession and combine it with a healthy dose of absurdity, they create a song cycle that entertains from beginning to end and reads like the best Larry Brown novel he never wrote. However simple life may seem in this part of the world, it is no less complex, and these two approach it with reverence. This is more than a collection of songs -- it is a true album, full of inside jokes, references, and carrying themes from song to song. Releasing on the first day of 2010, Hard Times sets a standard for craftsmanship that is going to be tough to top.
Adam Carroll  05/08/2008            
brettc
Sounds like Adam is back to his old music. I love it, great stories. I wish there were more songs, but thats okay, sometimes less tracks on a cd can be better. Good job Adam
Adam Carroll  04/29/2008            
Hill Country Poet
Great album , cool song's. He paint's great picture's about the characters on this album. If you liked His last one, you will dig this one. Oklahoma Gypsy Shuffler stand's out. Thank you Adam for the great tune's. See you down the road. ...........
Adam Carroll  04/28/2008            
Donnie C.
So I have not heard this CD in its full form...a little here and a little there.....I will say this, Adam is unique in song and character...he is song. This CD was recorded in a garage in the home for wayward musicians....It was co produced by Mark Jungers and Scott Nolan....these two guys know a song and might be the only two cats that understand Adam and his work......maybe. There is no long shot here...this CD is everything you love about Adam, his songs and more....Probably will be the best of 08 for me....Adam if you read this, I'd like an advanced copy...cause I can't wait. Donnie C. AKA: Suck Up I meant every word.....
Adam Carroll  04/02/2008            
ulitmatebadass
can't wait for the new album "Old Town Rock and Roll". I heard several songs from it at a recent show and they were all very good, enjoyable songs. Adam rules.
Adam Carroll  03/05/2008            
Chet Tweedy
Adam sucks, because I won't get to see him for a year. Why? Because that bum doesn't tour in S. Korea. But he was the best around before I shipped out, and in a year, he'll be awesome again.
Adam Carroll  01/14/2008            
Kasmira Workman
I was introduced to Adam Carroll's music a couple of years ago, and ever since he has been my top favorite artist. I can't get enough of his music. I love his style and his lyrics are uncomparable.
Adam Carroll  12/31/2007            
Boogerb1
Saw Adam last night he opened for Robert Earl Keen at the Bass Hall. Adam is as good as it gets. I look forward to seeing him again. Go support him when you get a chance he is what Texas music is about.
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