10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his 2009 sophomore album, Jason Michael Carroll delivers a down-home yet classy set of country tunes in the manner of a latter-day Garth Brooks. The North Carolina native leans more towards poignant sketches of ordinary life than hellacious party tunes. The importance of family is a reoccurring theme, whether in terms of a separated father’s love for his child (“Tears”), the search for a prodigal daughter (“Hurry Home”), or the struggles of young parents (“We Threw It All Away”). Carroll also sings affectingly of his small-town roots in the buoyant “Where I’m From.” The upbeat Southern rockers – especially “Happened on a Saturday Night (Suzie Q)” and “Barn Burner” – are full of Wild Turkey, smoked pig and barroom fights, topped off with twanging guitars and squealing fiddles. Producer Don Gehman — best known for his work with John Mellencamp — leaves enough rough edges to give these tracks a measure of individuality. Growing Up Is Getting Old is a confident, well-realized release by an artist just hitting his stride.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his 2009 sophomore album, Jason Michael Carroll delivers a down-home yet classy set of country tunes in the manner of a latter-day Garth Brooks. The North Carolina native leans more towards poignant sketches of ordinary life than hellacious party tunes. The importance of family is a reoccurring theme, whether in terms of a separated father’s love for his child (“Tears”), the search for a prodigal daughter (“Hurry Home”), or the struggles of young parents (“We Threw It All Away”). Carroll also sings affectingly of his small-town roots in the buoyant “Where I’m From.” The upbeat Southern rockers – especially “Happened on a Saturday Night (Suzie Q)” and “Barn Burner” – are full of Wild Turkey, smoked pig and barroom fights, topped off with twanging guitars and squealing fiddles. Producer Don Gehman — best known for his work with John Mellencamp — leaves enough rough edges to give these tracks a measure of individuality. Growing Up Is Getting Old is a confident, well-realized release by an artist just hitting his stride.

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About Jason Michael Carroll

Country singer Jason Michael Carroll is a rootsy artist with a rocker's edge. Carroll was raised in a strict religious family in North Carolina and had little contact with secular country music. This did not deter Carroll and after high school, while working at a motor company, he was asked join the local country band Chasin' Country. By 2004, Carroll had left the band and joined another local country act, Steel Kickin'. That same year, emboldened by his growing vocal confidence, Carroll entered Fox's "Gimme the Mike" vocal competition and won. Not long after, he was making opening act appearances for such established country artists as Brad Paisley, Neal McCoy, and others. All this experience led to a signing deal with Arista Nashville Records in 2006. A year later, Carroll released his debut studio album, Waitin' in the Country, and in 2009, he returned with his sophomore effort, Growing Up Is Getting Old, which featured the hit single "Where I'm From". In 2011 the album Numbers found him on the Cracker Barrel label. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Franklinton, NC
  • GENRE
    Country
  • BORN
    June 13, 1978

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