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 in snapshots like few other songwriters (“Screen Door,” “Girl With the Dirty Hair”). “I try to find moments that are sublime,” he explains. “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.
But why a tribute album? Admittedly, eyebrows were 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 that of his reverent peers.
Artists who jumped when the notion was mentioned: Hayes Carll. Slaid Cleaves
. Terri Hendrix. James McMurtry. Verlon Thompson. Walt Wilkins
. Band of Heathens. Jason Eady.
The list goes on and on. Hear a track: Rolling Stone Country
premiered the song “Screen Door,” performed by James McMurtry: http://rol.st/2bc8eUb
. Pre-order link: http://bit.ly/highwayprayer