Adam Carroll

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.  He has been called maybe the best songwriter that Texas ever produced, the Townes Van Zandt of our age, his lyrics are like a good book.

Now, with the release of two new albums–I Walked in Them Shoes is a solo effort, while 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.  Music was a constant in the Carroll household. Adam’s mom is a musician, while his dad had a killer record collection—John Prine, Johnny Cash, Jimmie Rodgers, and the like. Adam took piano lessons and sang in a choir, but when he purchased Neil Young’s Harvest as a senior at a North Carolina boarding school, he developed a fervent desire to play guitar.   That itch would get scratched at Tyler Junior College. Carroll worked in a coffee shop near campus that featured live folk music, and his appreciation for Prine deepened. When he went to see a Prine show at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Carroll says, “I couldn’t believe how good he was. He was the first artist I saw live who met every expectation I had of a performer.”   Eventually, observers would come to say the same of Carroll. But it would take awhile for him to find his comfort zones. “I’ve just always been kind of a reclusive guy,” he says. “I moved from Tyler to the Austin area, and I tried living in Austin for a little bit. I had a real hard time with it.”   But then Carroll ambled into Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, a college town in between Austin and San Antonio. Opened in 1974, Cheatham Street ranks among Texas’ foremost songwriting incubators, with George Strait, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Todd Snider, James McMurtry, Sunny Sweeney, Terri Hendrix, and Jamie Lin Wilson all cutting their chops on the honky-tonk’s stage.   “I just felt really at home there,” says Carroll, who wound up moving to San Marcos. (He and his wife Chris now live in nearby Wimberley.)


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