"Bruce Thomas Carroll was well known in Larchmont, NY as owner and operator of the "Watercolor Cafe." But, the man had another great love; composing and bringing his own songs to life in the acoustic folk and Americana genre. In 2016 Bruce T. Carroll released his first album "Ruckus And Romance", an album that has received great reviews from the trade press and the opportunities for performances alongside, among others, singer-songwriters Slaid Cleaves, Jimmy LaFave and Rita Coolidge.
Obviously, there had to be a sequel to that debut album and we now have the release of the six-song EP "Finding You." The music and lyrics on this EP are written by Bruce T. Carroll, however, in the studio, he received instrumental support from Andy Stack on guitar, Jeremy Baum on Hammond organ, bassist Brandon Morrison and drummer Lee Falco.
There are also guest appearances on every track. David Berne plays banjo with the folk-rock opening track "Fox In The Henhouse" and we hear handsome violin work by Sara Milonovich in the songs "Just Like Finding You" and the beautiful "I Will Never Leave." (see video https://youtu.be/NIAYBOKl778 ). For this track, and for the melodic love ballad "Who Never Felt The Need." Jeremy Baum contributes Hammond organ and then neatly adds accordion to "If That's The Way You Feel."
"Finding You" closes with the most acoustic song on the EP "If You're Still There", a song that is about the forced separation of the family because of drug addiction. This piano ballad is consciously kept sober and intimate by producer Andy Stack. The most striking element of all these songs is certainly the poetic song lyrics that Bruce T. Carroll has written to the music.
These are all well-crafted songs on the six-song ep "Finding You," leaving us with the conclusion and perhaps a motivating factor for this musician to quickly work on a new full-length CD."
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Bruce T. Carroll’s new EP, “Finding You,” is the perfect follow-up to his first official album release “Ruckus and Romance,” hailed by No Depression Magazine as “devilishly brilliant” and “intensely beautiful.”
Bruce is joined here by another outstanding group of musicians and vocalists including Adrien Reju (Vocals), producer Andy Stack (Guitar, Bass & Keyboards), David Bernz (Banjo), Sara Milonovich (Violin), Jeremy Baum (Organ & Accordion), Brandon Morrison (Bass), Lee Falco (Drums).
Bruce T. Carroll's songwriting style relies heavily on irony and imagery as tools in the trade. While promoting the CD (Ruckus and Romance) over this past year, Bruce has shared the stage with the likes of Slaid Cleaves, Jimmy LaFave, Dan Bern, Ellis Paul, and Rita Coolidge.
“Finding You,” a six-song EP, is a sort of lyrical tone poem, with the theme of finding or regaining, something that might be missing or lost. The opening song “Fox In The Henhouse” may, or may not be, his definitive statement on the state of the union.