Tim Carroll (from the album Keeping Time available on 594509 Records DK)
Tim Carroll has maintained a steady stream of musical output that’s been under your nose for decades. A one-time member of Indiana punk band The Gizmo’s and New York City’s Blue Chieftains (two defunct bands worthy of internet research). Tim has maintained an under-the-radar yet note-worthy career as both performer and songwriter. He’s kicked down songs to acts like BR5-49, Asleep at the Wheel and Robbie Fulks, while maintaining a steady pace of his own releases, including Keeping Time in 2018. Keeping Time is garage rock dirty blues and rootsy punk, an album with the roots of Alejandro Escovedo, the punky garage of Jack Oblivian, and a slight touch of Paul Westerberg (solo, The Replacements); lyrically intelligent songs of war, miners and glorious heartbreak.
The album kicks off with “I Love You Anyway,” vocals cracking with heartbreak as he yells out ‘I love you anyway’ on a song that straight out of the gate showcases his guitar chops. “Williamson County Jail” is as much narrative as it is protest song questioning the living conditions in an institution of reform that critiques the criminals that exist on both sides of the bars, coming off like a spoken word poem. “Only A Player” is rock and roll perfection in under three minutes; a lyrical heckling of the ‘player’ type where each chorus exists to intro the hot guitar solo behind it. There is beautiful honesty within no frills songwriting and gritty, dirty guitar. While not up-tempo clocking in high beats per minute, there’s plenty of “umph” in the straight up, delivery of Tim Carroll. By Bryant Liggett
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