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Want to hear a good story? Listen to any Adam Carroll song. His Texas peers sure have, over and over again, and are quick to heap superlatives on a stoic artist whose compositions provide a solitary glimpse into a verdant imagination.
Jon Dee Graham says Carroll "may be the best songwriter that Texas ever produced," while Robert Earl Keen proclaims, "If all were right with the world, Adam Carroll would be the Townes Van Zandt of our age."
"His lyrics are like a good book: They take you somewhere and leave you better than they found you," says Terri Hendrix.
Slaid Cleaves calls Carroll "the quintessential small-town songwriter," adding, "Travel outside the cities of this country and you'll recognize the barbecue-joint waitresses, the rice farmers, the karaoke singers, the black-flag pirates and the hi-fi lovers of this land--you'll meet them all in Adam's true-to-life songs."
Now, with the release of two new albums--I Walked in Them Shoes is a solo effort, wile Good Farmer was recorded in tandem with his wife, Chris Carroll--there are more characters to meet, at once fascinating and familiar.
Carroll grew up in Tyler, Texas, which he describes as "pretty southern" compared to other Lone Star habitats, in the '70s and '80s. This led him to identify with great southern bards like Flannery O'Connor and Lucinda Williams, even if he felt a bit out of place in his hometown.
Chis Carroll is originally from St. Catharines, Ontario. She now lives in San Marcos, Texas with her husband and music partner Adam Carroll.
Carroll’s music does a little bit of genre hopping, pulling in influences from all over the map, but her music is still deep within the Americana roots and has the ability to draw in an audience. Chris released her debut record, “Trouble & Time” in 2014, produced by David Beck (Sons of Fathers & Blue Healer).
“Chris Carroll’s recording, Trouble & Time, has so many expressions…just like a human face. Tracks like “Mister” smirk at you while “Dreaming You Up” has a Mona Lisa smile quality to it. Each song emotes such intimate eye contact, just like her live performance, and I don’t think Chris will be the first to blink.” ~ Susan Gibson