Adam Carroll review….April 13, 2019….

ADAM CARROLL

I WALKED IN THEM SHOES

I WALKED IN THEM SHOES–CAROLINE–STORMS–CRESCENT CITY ANGELS–IRIS AND THE LONESOME STRANGER–THIS OLD GARAGE–CORDELIA–MY ONLY GOOD SHIRT–THE LAST WORD–NIGHT AT THE SHOW

The Texas songwriter community is as large and diverse as the state itself.  One of the true gems of that community is “the shy kid from Tyler” who grew into Adam Carroll.  He’s just released his ninth album overall, “I Walked In Them Shoes,” consisting of ten originals written either wholly or in part by Adam.  The album was done in one day, down in Dripping Springs, TX, at the Zone Recording Studio.  Usually recording as a trio or full band, this go-round finds Adam with just himself on vocals and guitar, and mentor/producer Lloyd Maines on pedal steel, slide, and the rhythm parts.

The characters in Adam’s songs are Everyman, dealing with the challenges and struggles of life, running the gamut of the human condition, from love, loss, bad luck, and (hopeful) redemption.  The set leads off with the title cut, originally conceived with the Flying Burrito Brothers in mind, but it could be about any band or musician with a life on the road, and offers encouragement to always “stay on track,” ’cause “we can make it thru!”  “Caroline” laments a long-lost love affair and the things that might’ve been, while Adam plays the harmonium in a sweet ode to his wife, “Cordelia,” who can “light up Hell with her laughter,”

We had two favorites, too.  “My Only Good Shirt” traces our hero’s good luck piece, worn everywhere from Paris to the Ryman.  The set closes with its most poignant song.  It is a touching tribute to Lloyd Maines and another mentor, the late club owner, Kent Finlay, who came out of retirement to help further Adam’s  career.  The song is peppered with “tears mixed with laughter,” describing “just another Night At The Show.”

Adam Carroll is in the midst of one of the most creative periods in his twenty-one year career.  He may not be “Viva Las Vegas,” but he’s “Motel 6 famous,” and “I Walked In Them Shoes” is a set for us all!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: