Tim Carroll has played everywhere. From New York City’s famed punk venue CBGB’s to the Ed Sullivan Theater while appearing on The David Letterman Show, to the renown Cambridge Folk Festival and Nashville’s own legendary Grand Ole Opry. There isn’t a stage where Carroll doesn’t feel at home. A monster guitarist, his music is the kind of old school rambunctiousness perfect for the modern alternative music scene. And his songwriting style is honest, even cheeky at times, just like the man himself. The Indiana native now calls Nashville home, a move prompted by legendary singer/songwriter John Prime when he recorded one of Carroll’s songs “If I Could” in 1992. Now, Carroll and his latest collaboration, Tim Carroll & Midnight Orange, will release their new album “Pure As Coal” on Lamon Records.
Carroll began playing music at a young age, covering the hits through grade school and college. In the 1980s, he played with the punk rock band, The Gizmos. His next venture, The Blue Chieftans, explored a more roots-rock sound as he frequented The Continental Club in NYC’s East Village. Over the years, Carroll has had his original tunes featured in films and on countless records by other artists, all while releasing 8 solo albums of his own. He also toured for years leading the band for his then wife Elizabeth Cook.
Through it all, Carroll has taken jobs in television, on Wall Street, and on the bigger, commercial music scene. However, songwriting in Nashville just fits best. He now pursues his own style of “heartland rock” and can be heard most Friday nights playing the happy hour slot at The 5 Spot in East Nashville. Along with Midnight Orange bandmates Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil) on bass and Steve Latanation (Agent Orange) on drums, Carroll often has other recognizable Nashville musicians play with him at this gig from time to time. He enjoys the company of these seasoned storytellers, appreciates the band’s natural vibe on stage, and the fact that their set feels clean, but never rehearsed.
“What an honor it is for our label to be working with such a gifted and diverse musical talent as Tim Carroll,” says Lamon Records CEO and Grammy nominated artists Dave Moody. “Tim really knows his way around multiple genres, and he weaves those elements seamlessly into his music and songwriting. We’re excited about getting this new record out for folks to hear!”
Carroll’s latest music collection “Pure As Coal” released as Tim Carroll & Midnight Orange is pure roots rock. And Tim Carroll fans, old and new, will love the raw and rowdy sound. There’s a refreshing youthful fascination and world weary angst in Carroll’s lyrics on this new album. The first single on Lamon Records, “Don’t Make Nothin’ In The USA” is out to radio now, and is part of a three song sampler available on iTunes and at Carroll’s concerts. The full album “Pure As Coal” is schedule for release February 2, 2015. Look for more on Tim Carroll and other Lamon artists at www.lamonrecords.com.