A Whole Lotta Trouble
In the three years since his self-released second album, “Little Rock” became available, Carll has toured relentlessly in North America and abroad (performing over two hundred shows a year), founded a successful singer-songwriter music festival on the Gulf Coast of Texas, secured a record deal with Lost Highway Records, and has even seen Little Rock become the first self-released album to reach #1 on the Americana Music Chart. And he's only getting started.
After moving to the Gulf Coast, Carll honed his craft in the area bars and beer-joints as well as more serious folk clubs. By 2002, he was ready to unleash his recorded indie debut, Flowers and Liquor which, while not widely distributed, garnered plenty of critical praise.
He lived up to that praise on his next outing, Little Rock, an offering on which Carll showed off his stylistic breadth. His efforts were widely praised, including a rave review in the Irish Times: "This is the first mighty country record of the year, a bruised, bedraggled affair full of jagged memories and wry observations."
On his new album, Trouble In Mind, the 32 year-old Carll navigates his way through both stormy weather and calm, sun-drenched waters with ease, emerging with songs that melt even the hardest heart in town. Their impact is heightened by the fact that they're songs born of both immersion in the works of his songwriting heroes and plenty of real world experience.
Those elements certainly permeate Trouble In Mind, but there's a much sharper focus to the material, thanks in part, to more time in the studio and some great players sure to be familiar to roots-rock aficionados, including Dan Baird, Darrell Scott, Will Kimbrough and former Flying Burrito Brother Al Perkins.
Carll's personality, emotional but never too sentimental, mischievous, funny, world-weary and sardonic, imbues every track of Trouble in Mind.