“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.
Join me in Austin Texas March 14th with Nikki Lane, TONY JOE WHITE w/ the Texas Gentlemen, WHITE DENIM, The Kernal, CW Stoneking, Ben Dickey, Ruby Boots, Sarah Klang, Becca Mancari, Atlantis Aquarius, Rayland Baxter, Golden Dawn Arkestra, and more. General admission & VIP tickets available at www.whereisthehideout.com
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If you want your party to rock, this is the band for you! Houston's High Energy Party Band, Texas TNT plays all your favorite rock songs from the 70's, 80's, and 90's through today's buzz rock hits. From dance rock to hard rock to glam, they deliver!
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Bruce Robison with special guest Kevin Anthony and G Town
March 2, 2018, 8:30pm - March 3, 2018, 12:00pm
Bruce Robison has been making music professionally for decades. He still discusses his craft with so much enthusiasm he sounds almost like a kid raving about superheroes. That infectious energy is evident in every note of his new album, Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band, as well as his new project, The Next Waltz, a blossoming community of artists, fans and friends gathering both virtually and at his recording studio in Lockhart, just outside of Austin.
In both cases, the point is to celebrate country music’s rich traditions while giving creativity free rein to go where it might, as long as it’s somewhere worth traveling. It’s also about celebrating Robison’s “love of the craft of song.”
Take a little Peggy Sue, Cajun fiddle, jumping sawdust and mama
too for the latest release from Kevin Anthony and G-Town.
Jump the Fence is the 10th album from this South Texas boy born where the Gulf Coast waters flow, but he’s got a little French Cajun somewhere in him too.
Anthony’s songs are well crafted and timeless. Add to the mix an old timer or two, Hill County gals, twangy guitars, and weeping pedal steel, and you get the kind of music that your Grandpa would’ve listened to, the kind of music that takes you back to the good old days of good time radio. Everything’s a little bit sweet, not too spicy and a tasty bowl of gumbo mixed in there too. You can’t help but tap your foot and slap your knee. Oh, and he can sing it all in French too.
Did you see 2018 Lone Star Jam ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT?
Saturday 5/26: Gary Allan | Reckless Kelly | Stoney LaRue | Roger Creager | Flatland Cavalry | Dalton Domino | Kody West | Randall King | The Drugstore Gypsies
Sunday 5/27: Randy Rogers Band | Casey Donahew | William Clark Green | Parker McCollum | Kyle Park | Mike and the Moonpies | Read Southall Band | Grant Gilbert
Plus more to be announced soon! Tickets go on sale THIS FRIDAY 2/16 at 10am at www.lonestarjam.com
The full band comes to the Mucky Duck this Saturday evening Feb 17th. We've got a 7:00 and a 9:30 show. It's always a joy to play the Mucky Duck and it's really going to be an honor to bring in the Big 50 with my Houston friends. Thanks for getting the word out. Here's the ticket link www.mcgonigels.com/Shows/Terri+Hendrix+-+February+17+2018
Local artist and musician Catherine Stroud delights your ears on the MOD Coffeehouse patio! Come through from 7 to 9pm for a relaxing evening. This event is family friendly and free, although tips are greatly appreciated.