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Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll

by Various Artists

Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll salutes the young but highly influential Texas singer-songwriter and folksinger.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Screen Door
James McMurtry
5:08 album only
2. Girl with the Dirty Hair
Hayes Carll
3:14 album only
3. South of Town
Slaid Cleaves
3:36 album only
4. Oklahoma Gypsy Shuffler
Band of Heathens
4:57 album only
5. Hi-Fi Love
Jamie Lin Wilson
4:16 album only
6. Lil' Runaway
Verlon Thompson
3:26 album only
7. Rain
Scott Nolan
3:38 album only
8. Old Town Rock n Roll
Matt the Electrician
3:53 album only
9. Black Flag Blues
Tim Easton and Aaron Lee Tasjan
2:49 album only
10. Smoky Mountain Taxi
Danny Barnes
3:57 album only
11. Errol's Song
Jason Eady
4:50 album only
12. Red Bandana Blues
Terri Hendrix
4:12 album only
13. Karaoke Cowboy
Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh
3:24 album only
14. Home Again
Mando Saenz
3:39 album only
15. Highway Prayer
Walt Wilkins
4:50 album only
16. My Only Good Shirt
Adam Carroll
2:44 album only
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Album Notes
Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll, due October 28 on Austin-based Eight 30 Records, celebrates a true songwriter's songwriter, a Texas tunesmith who has inspired both younger and older artists for nearly two decades. Carroll simply captures entire lifetimes among stilled snapshots like few other songwriters (“Screen Door,” “Girl with the Dirty Hair”). “I try to find moments that are sublime,” Carroll xplains. “They just last a little bit and then you're back to your regular life and strife, but there are just these perfect little moments.” Evidence: “Black Flag Blues,” “Red Bandana Blues,” “South of Town,” “Smoky Mountain Taxi” and dozens more.

Carroll sketches characters with a novelist’s eye (“Errol's Song”) and a poet's elegance (“Hi Fi Love”) as his vivid vignettes frequently turn personal into universal within seconds (“Highway Prayer”). Consider “Rain.” “I'm feeling like a bird dragging through the storm/Feeling like a scarecrow standing in the corn,” the down and defeated narrator declares. “Sometimes you can't get through, sometimes it just takes two/Sometimes two adds up to nothing.” Such sideways glances define his literate landscapes. “Long compared to the likes of John Prine and Townes Van Zandt,” the Austin Chronicle once raved, “Adam Carroll proves he's beyond compare.”

Admittedly, eyebrows raised throughout the Lone Star state and beyond as news spread about this tribute record. After all, the Central Texas-based songwriter has notched only forty-two trips around the sun, a young man by any measure. No matter. Carroll's deeply observant stories simply deserve wider attention beyond his reverent peers. “Adam's a songwriter's songwriter, a unique voice who's important to a lot of songwriters,” longtime fan Hayes Carll says. “A lot of people are influenced by him. That's the measure of if you deserve a tribute record: Are there people you have influenced enough who will come and do it? That's undoubtably so with Adam.”

Clearly. Scan the roster who jumped the notion was mentioned: Slaid Cleaves. Terri Hendrix. James McMurtry. Verlon Thompson. Walt Wilkins. Only songs with the most depth and weight turn those heads. “Adam has so many great songs,” Cleaves says. “There are only a couple of writers who consistently catch my ear and remind me of the subtle joy that great songs can bring. It's artisanal songwriting. Never gonna be sold at Walmart, but it'll remind the fortunate few that great songwriting can connect you to your neighbors, your fellow humans, even your own jaded heart.”

Tim Easton doubles down. “Adam Carroll is East Texas' own Shakespeare of song,” the East Nashville resident says. “Listen and learn, people. Listen for the details that make us human. Learn how to write about a culture that you are fascinated with. Find the details in behavior that make us all sympathize. His songs belong in Texan and Bayou anthropology courses, but mostly they should belong to your car stereo speakers.” Other titles on Eight 30 Records include Cold and Bitter Tears: The Songs of Ted Hawkins, Dreamer: A Tribute to Kent Finlay and Danny Barnes' Got Myself Together (Ten Years Later). See below for full track listing on Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll.


“Screen Door” • James McMurtry
“Girl with the Dirty Hair” • Hayes Carll
“South of Town” • Slaid Cleaves
“Oklahoma Gypsy Shuffler” • Band of Heathens
“Hi Fi Love” • Jamie Lin Wilson
“Lil' Runaway” • Verlon Thompson
“Rain • Scott Nolan
“Old Town Rock N Roll” • Matt the Electrician
“Black Flag Blues” • Tim Easton and Aaron Lee Tasjan
“Smoky Mountain Taxi” • Danny Barnes
“Errol's Song” • Jason Eady
“Red Bandana Blues” • Terri Hendrix
“Home Again” • Mando Saenz
“Highway Prayer” • Walt Wilkins
Bonus track: “My Only Good Shirt” • Adam Carroll

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