VA Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll (2016)

VA  Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll (2016)
Artist: VA
Title: Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Eight 30 Records
Genre: Folk, Americana
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 62:33 min
Total Size: 376 MB


01. Screen Door James McMurtry 05:08
02. Girl With The Dirty Hair Hayes Carll 03:14
03. South of Town Slaid Cleaves 03:36
04. Oklahoma Gypsy Shuffler Band of Heathens 04:58
05. Hi Fi Love Jamie Lin Wilson 04:16
06. Lil Runaway Verlon Thompson 03:28
07. Rain Scott Nolan 03:37
08. Old Town Rock N Roll Matt The Electrician 03:58
09. Black Flag Blues Tim Easton and Aaron Lee Tasjan 02:50
10. Smoky Mountain Taxi Danny Barnes 03:56
11. Errolls Song Jason Eady 04:50
12. Red Bandana Blues Terri Hendrix 04:11
13. Karaoke Cowboy Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh 03:24
14. Home Again Mando Saenz 03:38
15. Highway Prayer Walt Wilkins 04:40
16. Bonus Tracks My Only Good Shirt Adam Carroll 02:44

AUSTIN, TX Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll, due October 28 on Austin-based Eight 30 Records, celebrates a true songwriters songwriter, a Texas tunesmith who has inspired both younger and older artists for nearly two decades. Carroll simply captures entire lifetimes among stilled snapshots like few other songwriters (Screen Door, Girl with the Dirty Hair). I try to find moments that are sublime, Carroll xplains. They just last a little bit and then youre back to your regular life and strife, but there are just these perfect little moments. Evidence: Black Flag Blues, Red Bandana Blues, South of Town, Smoky Mountain Taxi and dozens more.
Carroll sketches characters with a novelists eye (Errols Song) and a poets elegance (Hi Fi Love) as his vivid vignettes frequently turn personal into universal within seconds (Highway Prayer). Consider Rain. Im feeling like a bird dragging through the storm/Feeling like a scarecrow standing in the corn, the down and defeated narrator declares. Sometimes you cant get through, sometimes it just takes two/Sometimes two adds up to nothing. Such sideways glances define his literate landscapes. Long compared to the likes of John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, the Austin Chronicle once raved, Adam Carroll proves hes beyond compare.
Admittedly, eyebrows raised throughout the Lone Star state and beyond as news spread about this tribute record. After all, the Central Texas-based songwriter has notched only forty-two trips around the sun, a young man by any measure. No matter. Carrolls deeply observant stories simply deserve wider attention beyond his reverent peers. Adams a songwriters songwriter, a unique voice whos important to a lot of songwriters, longtime fan Hayes Carll says. A lot of people are influenced by him. Thats the measure of if you deserve a tribute record: Are there people you have influenced enough who will come and do it? Thats undoubtably so with Adam.

Clearly. Scan the roster who jumped the notion was mentioned: Slaid Cleaves. Terri Hendrix. James McMurtry. Verlon Thompson. Walt Wilkins. Only songs with the most depth and weight turn those heads. Adam has so many great songs, Cleaves says. There are only a couple of writers who consistently catch my ear and remind me of the subtle joy that great songs can bring. Its artisanal songwriting. Never gonna be sold at Walmart, but itll remind the fortunate few that great songwriting can connect you to your neighbors, your fellow humans, even your own jaded heart.

Tim Easton doubles down. Adam Carroll is East Texas own Shakespeare of song, the East Nashville resident says. Listen and learn, people. Listen for the details that make us human. Learn how to write about a culture that you are fascinated with. Find the details in behavior that make us all sympathize. His songs belong in Texan and Bayou anthropology courses, but mostly they should belong to your car stereo speakers. Other titles on Eight 30 Records include Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins, Dreamer: A Tribute to Kent Finlay and Danny Barnes Got Myself Together (Ten Years Later). See below for full track listing on Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll.

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