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by Carey Sims

"A Winning Combination of Modern Country and Old School Southern Soul" (TAXI Music Service) "Carey Sims is hands down one of the premier vocalists in the Southeast" (Elevate Magazine)
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kiss the Wind
4:26 $0.99
2. Midnight Comes Along
3:49 $0.99
3. Heartbreak Row
5:01 $0.99
4. What's in a Name
3:39 $0.99
5. Wheels
3:41 $0.99
6. Lazy Afternoon
3:40 $0.99
7. Praying For Time
4:44 $0.99
8. Dirty Little Town
4:09 $0.99
9. By the Morning
4:01 $0.99
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Album Notes

Soul is an intangible, hard to grasp quality that many singers and musicians talk about, but few possess, and even fewer deliver. Carey Sims has got it, hands down. Hailed by ELEVATE magazine as \"hands down one of the premier vocalists in the Southeast\", Sims is a singer\'s singer capable of all the nuance necessary to unearth a vast musical and lyrical landscape. Simply stated, he can flat out sell a song. And he\'s a pretty good songwriter to boot.

Carey first came to the attention of many in the Southeast as the singer/front man of the 90’s indie rock band Sound of Mine. The band signed with the Ohio based label High Chief, but disbanded in the late 90’s. In the subsequent years after Sound of Mine, Carey made a living as a studio musician and through picking the guitar back up, slowly began reconnecting with his Southern musical heritage. This led to the formation of Black Market Radio, a Charlotte, NC based quartet that on critic called “a soulful gritty piece of Carolina alt-country”. Black Market Radio parted ways in 2005 just after completing their freshman Cd \"Coffee and Second Hand Smoke\"

A copy of “Coffee” did however; make its way to the ears of renowned indie producer and NC Music icon, Don Dixon. With Don’s help, Carey assembled talent for his first solo project entitled \"Wheels\". The cast included the Carolina-connected star power of Dixon, Jim Brock, Andy Seets, Mark Stallings, Audley Freed, and Jamie Hoover to name a few.

Carey and Nashville producer/engineer, Jimmy Dulin, produced \"Wheels\", which was released in February of 2007. The record is straight out of the 70’s roots rock mould, organic sounding with song craft reminiscent of such singer/songwriters as Jackson Browne and John Mellencamp with the small town grit associated with early Steve Earle. An undercurrent of highway themes intermingles itself with lyrical Southern soul melodies, all narrated by Sims whiskey tinged baritone. The records hints of 70\'s AM pop and newer rock infused country. \"Wheels\" has been described by on critic as “a perfect blend of melody and lyric of substance”. Another who is quite familiar with Carey’s musical journey stated it this way, “Sims’ 9 song CD presents a significant and remarkable leap of faith from this singer and songwriter already quite well known in the Southeast region. ... Sims has not only found his voice with this CD but owns it, brandishes it and honestly puts forth his musical narrative with rare candor and intensity while remaining casually personable.”

Sims’ great strength as a charismatic performer coupled with his honest, introspective songwriting style; seem to have him poised to make an impassioned musical statement for years to come.



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Missy E

Another AWESOME Carey creation. Great job!

John Hinshelwood, AmericanaUK

Real Music from Nashville Shock!
Although the term "radio friendly" has perhaps now taken on somewhat negative connotations, it is the phrase that immediately springs to mind on first exposure to this new offering from Nashville based songwriter Carey Sims. Strong, melodic content, musicianship full of character, punchy songs with great hooks,crisp production, and a surefire winner of a voice in the Don Henley mould, combine to produce a collection of some substance. All of the songs were written or co-written by Sims, and there are some truly memorable moments. Jackson Browne type riffs abound, particularly on "Midnight Comes Along" and the outstanding "Praying for Time" which features some spine tingling, shimmering pedal steel licks courtesy of ubiquitous session man Dan Dugmore, one time member of Linda Ronstadt's legendary 70s band.....Sims' work falls firmly on the tasteful side of intelligent, mainstream adult rock. It is refreshing to be assured that amidst the tidal wave of sterility pouring out of Nashville, there is still music emerging that is worth listening to.


7 out of 10


I just listened to Carey in Charlotte, NC last night at the Bryan Adams concert. He was incredible!!! I bought the CD while I was there. It is wonderful. Can't wait to hear more from him.

Anissa Freeman Starnes

Simply amazing. Brillant songwriting - pure vocals - I can't stop listening.
Picked up this CD last night and cannot stop listening to it. Every single track on this album is "radio ready" -this will be the "one" that gets Carey's voice heard far and wide. I have said for many years that it is a pure shame that more people haven't discovered the depth of Carey's talent. Combine his voice with the brillant songwriting on this CD and I think I will finally get my "wish" that the masses will know about Carey Sims -

Debby Jennings, The Rock Hill Herald

Get caught up in lyrical narrative
...this nine-song CD presents a significant and remarkable leap of faith from this singer and songwriter already quite well known in this region. ... Sims has not only found his voice with this CD but owns it, brandishes it and honestly puts forth his musical narrative with rare candor and intensity while remaining casually personable. Quite a combination.

Bandtastic Webmaster

A Stellar CD!!!
If this doesn't become a national CD, then there's something seriously wrong with "the system". Yes, everyone has their own preferred musical tastes, but I highly recommend adding this to your collection regardless of what style of music you typically buy. This one is a definite keeper and will teach you about what really, really good music actually sounds like!


J. Lopez

Hymns for the Road
Congratulations for your brilliant sophomore brand "Wheels". Man, your singing is terrific and the new songs pure pleasure for my ears. In a perfect world you'll be selling tons of records. The musicians crew is amazing. Audley Freed, Don Dixon, Spongetones main man Jamie Hoover, Dan Dugmore, ... Good job by Andy Seets too. "Kiss the Wind”, “Midnight Comes Along" and "Dirty Little Town" are hymns for the road.


I'm blown away by the cd.

The vocals, production, writing, recording, musicians, all of it is just fantastic.


Every sound, instrument,vocal track is perfect!
The record sounds amazing -
Every sound, instrument,vocal track is perfect!

Olivia Frain

Feel-good, fun music!!
Music that appeals to everyone...I've never been a fan of country, but Carey has made me look at it in a new light. In his own words, "These are country songs played by rock guys," and that's what appeals to me about it. With an all-star cast of people like Jim Brock, Don Dixon, Audley Freed, and Jamie Hoover, Carey shows the world what it's been missing with these songs that make you feel like riding down the highway with the windows down. Whether it's the indelible, almost haunting melody of "Heartbreak Row" or the mind-blowing guitar solo in "Dirty Little Town", SOMETHING about this album will stick with you and make you listen again. And again. And again...
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