Carrie Ann Carrolls You Should Know (March 4, 2014, TreeHouse Productions), is a collection of confessions ranging in style from folk and singer/songwriter to country and pop, it is an emotional and melodic journey about looking for answers while losing and finding love. Originally from New Jersey, Carrie got her start in the New York City area where she honed her skills as a writer and performer. Never being able to shake the feeling of being in the wrong zip code, she eventually planted her roots in Austin, TX. Thats where she met Producer (and husband) Joe Carroll. Making a record together was something they wanted to do only second to getting hitched. That was the idea, but a lot has happened in the past 5 years. Soon after their wedding they found themselves in Northern California to pick up Joes terminally ill sister to drive her back to Austin to live with them for the remainder of her days. The album opens up with the track, “Honeymoon”, that describes that road trip, “This may not be what we planned and it sure ain’t no tropical breeze, but it’s me and it’s you, our honeymoon”.
In some ways, “You Should Know” began years ago. Many of the songs have been in Carrie’s catalog for a while, but when they were able to get into their home studio in between the ups and downs, there were just some songs she couldn’t leave behind. She thinks you should know about the time her heart broke and felt like she died inside. Track 7, produced by Will Sexton and featuring Amy Lavere on Upright bass, “Murder” is a raw, bluesy recount of betrayal. She also thinks you should know about the time she received a text message breaking the news of an ex getting married and how that is definitely not the way you should inform a girl who used to be in love with you. She thinks you should know about her desire to feel like she belonged somewhere, which she shares on “Parking Lot” and “Open Road”. Known for her personal lyrics and emotional performances, these type of experiences are what shapes who we become, and she thinks you should know about them.
The album also features some of Austin’s finest including Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard), Brad Rice (Ryan Adams, Keith Urban) and Michael Hardwick (Eliza Gilkyson, Jon Dee Graham), Ollie Steck (Bob Schneider), Alan Durham (Dumptruck, Alejandro Escovedo), Tim McMaster (Will Sexton), Dave Manley (Jill Scott, Herbie Hancock), Derek Morris (Nakia, Alpha Rev), Joey Borja (Aaron Watson), Fred Mandujano (Aaron Lewis), and Vicente Rodriguez (Chuck Prophet).
You Should Know Carrie Ann Carroll.
Scrappy Jud Newcomb says, “I could get fancy here, but I think what needs to be said is Carrie is an honest songwriter with a deeply beautiful voice.”
Steve Poltz says, “Carrie’s songs are like meat hooks in a slaughter house. They rip into your stomach lining and move up to your heart… and all you can do is just hang there and watch yourself bleed to death.”
Slim says, “Carrie’s songs are heartbreaking, half the time you’re wishing the songs were written about you and the other half you’re so glad they weren’t.”
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