“Play your music.” – Three simple words spoken by a beloved grandmother in the waning moments of her life. To some it may sound like a line from a Hallmark movie, almost too moving to be true. To Chris Carroll, it was that sentence that cemented her conviction to follow a passion that had been moving her since grade school.
The oldest of four children, Carroll was raised in St. Catharines, a sailing town on the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario. Early on Chris was pegged by a teacher as a singer and performer, convincing her to join the choir in the 4th grade. At that point the fire was lit and Carroll would continue to seek out the stage as her place of refuge. While still a minor she began to sit in at a local venue dubbed, The Club, on guitar and vocals. The eclectic range of music she found herself immersed in on that stage, began to inform what would later become her style, an intoxicating mixture of Americana, jazz, R&B, Blues and country that sets her apart.
Prior to settling in to take care of her ailing grandmother and having that life changing conversation, Carroll spent a year planting trees across Canada and held down numerous day jobs, all the while eagerly grabbing whatever gig happened to be available. Those gigs included a two year run as the lead singer in what she describes as a “psychedelic jam band”, Buddhas Don’t Box. Buddhas provided even more ingredients for the young Carroll to use in her musical kitchen, incorporating a range of covers from Nina Simone to the Grateful Dead.
Once music became her desired career, she began cultivating her songwriting chops both as a solo performer and working with a talented young local guitar player, Tim Kulakowsky. Chris and Tim were playing 3-5 nights a week and more and more Chris’s original compositions were what the crowds desired. So, they entered the studio and quickly cut a 6 song EP entitled, Before and After. It was shortly after the release of that now out of print EP that Chris was offered a spot on the roster of Roger Marin’s Cicada Festival held in her home town. Little did she know at the time, this gig would be just as influential to both her life and career as that conversation from a few years earlier.
Also playing the festival that weekend was Texas Singer/ Songwriter, Adam Carroll. The two spent the after show hours swapping songs and stories. Sensing a strong connection both personally and musically, Adam and Chris began getting to know one another via skype while living over a thousand miles apart. Eventually Adam asked Chris to move to Texas and in 2013 they tied the knot.
Upon arriving in Texas, Chris already had a sack full of phenomenal songs and the obvious next step was cutting a proper record to showcase them. Alongside a fine band (Adam on Harmonica, Producer David Beck on everything under the sun, Kym Warner-mandolin, Dees Stribling on drums and percussion and Bill Whitbeck on bass) Carroll dove into the sessions at Austin’s Fast Horse Studios. The resulting record serves as a loud announcement of Chris Carroll’s arrival on the Americana scene. Trouble & Time, which will be released in the fall of 2014, is as diverse as the influences that have impressed themselves into Carroll’s life over the years. She is completely comfortable singing a jazz bass flavored, conga driven track like the lead single, “Cause or Cure” as she is the more straight forward country tinged folk ballad, “Just Like That”. Carroll’s lyrics are concise and entrancing, and the Canadian’s delivery allows the listener to really settle into the songs regardless of which genre she happens to be channeling at the time.
In addition to the release of her debut album, Chris will be expanding her touring area over the next year. Whether she is sharing the stage with her husband or headlining the show, it is inevitable that she will continue winning over new fans every time one of her songs finds its way into any true music fan’s ears.
A very special Live edition of Buddy & Jim Radio Show with Patty Griffin, The Scott Miller and magician Eric Henning recorded at The Hamilton to benefit Jesuit Refugee Service/USA! Tune in tonight and throughout the week! SiriusXM Outlaw Country
On July 5th at Typhoon Texas Austin Songwriters Across Texas Television Show will be taping a Special Tribute to a Texas Treasure, Alex Harvey, the author of "Delta Dawn" and "Rueben James" among other beloved songs. Joining us will be some of Alex' friends Johnny Bush, Gary P. Nunn, Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Lee and Monty Hawkeye Henson. Tickets are only 35.00 and include dinner. For Tickets go to the link below.
For Reserved table info, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is going to be a very special evening.
This Monday at 7:00 PM on Songwriters Across Texas Radio Show. Eleven Local Songwriters including Laura Marie who sings about a "Dark Horse", Stuart Michael Burns and his ballad about "Erika" and Sharon Scott talks about how you can't have "Roots and Wings".
The Statesboro added new dates for the Summer. Let's git down, ya'll!
Friday, 6/30 - The Statesboro Revue at River Road Ice House - New Braunfels
Saturday, 7/15 - The Statesboro Revue w/ Mando Salas $10 at Love and War - Lindale
Wednesday, 7/19 - Free Week: Micky & the Motorcars, Dirty River Boys, and more! - Dallas
Saturday, 7/22 - Statesboro Revue at Treasure Island - Port Aransas
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We are breaking out the MOJO. Friday, June 23rd, MOJO FACTION is returning to the BARWASH. The great times continue at League City's choice for LIVE entertainment. Fantastic food, awesome drinks and great music. Come on down to Hugh & Jeff's Carwash and get your MOJO on. See ya there
It's summertime y'all! Join us for a great afternoon of music and award winning beer at Galveston Island Brewing! As always, bring the family and pass some good enjoys with us! The BEST in Texas Gulf Coast music!
A trio of COOL shows coming up at the end of the month!
Friday June 30th catch us in New Braunfels at Billy's Ice opening the show for Josh Ward
Then on Saturday July 1 we trip over to Rockport and headline a show at the PARTY capital known as Legends Saloon...
Sunday, Jamie will be doing an acoustic showcase in San Antonio for Rebecca Creek Radio, at the Thirsty Horse Saloon!
It's gunna be a wild weekend...SEEYA!