Adam Carroll from the album I Walked in Them Shoes available on Gypsy Shuffler Music (by Henry Carrigan)
There’s not a purer tribute to the power of songwriting than Adam Carroll’s I Walked in Them Shoes. On his ninth album, Adam Carroll, who takes his place as a songwriter beside John Prine, Guy Clark, and Townes Van Zandt, and Tom T. Hall, tells compelling stories of human foibles, loss and hope. He knows how to get inside a story, introducing the colorful characters or events that propel the story and delivering the moral of the story in a spare style that makes the story even more memorable. I Walked in Them Shoes features Adam Carroll on vocals, guitar, harmonica, and keyboards along with Lloyd Maines—who also produced the album—on pedal steel, rhythm and slice guitars. It’s an intimate and warm sound that wraps itself around Carroll’s lyrics.
Adam Carroll celebrates one of his most cherished music venues in “This Old Garage.” The ‘garage’ is a place where the singer sings what he wants to sing and the place always takes the him back. The garage is also a place where dreams never die; they’re just ‘swept up in the corners with the dirt and grime’ waiting for someone to find them. “My Only Good Shirt” floats along on the chords of a sparsely picked guitar, telling the story of a shirt that the singer has worn on the stage of the Ryman, on cable TV; in Paris the singer’s played with West Texas weirdos, all the time wearing the shirt from which diamonds of song falls from the pockets. The lively guitar strums of “Iris and the Lonesome Stranger” mimic the twists, turns and surprise ending of Iris’s life. Carroll fittingly closes I Walked in Them Shoes with the poignant “Night at the Show,” a tribute to the late Kent Finlay, the proprietor of the songwriter’s haven Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas, where Adam Carroll played in his early days. I Walked in Them Shoes showcases the brilliance and serene beauty of a songwriter’s songwriter. (by Henry Carrigan)
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