Carrick, St Augustine, Florida's extraordinary singer and fingerstyle
guitarist, is no newcomer to the acoustic music scene. He is descended
from real folk roots … his father being a Tennessee mountain fiddler who
moved to Florida to work for the railroad.
has always been a part of Jim's life. A chance encounter with the
legendary storyteller and fingerstyle guitarist Gamble Rogers left Jim
with a thumb pick and a new lifelong friend. Like so many before him, Jim
paid his dues in Nashville. He toured with the renowned singer songwriter
Steve Young. A touring solo gig had Jim opening for such legendary acts as
Barbara Mandrell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hank Williams Jr., and Charlie
Daniels, just to mention a few.
the footsteps of such lyrical storytellers as Jim Croce & Gordon
Lightfoot and staying true to his Country / Folk roots, Jim Carrick’s
latest release, “Saturday’s Luck”
is full of country and folk tunes with the emphasis on storytelling.
From the romantic strains of "Dance with Me Julie Ann" to the
melancholy of "April on the Wind," from the long swing of
"Birth of the Blues" to the cover of national folk artist and
renowned storyteller, Gamble Rogers' "Blood Mountain," Carrick
puts his heart into the pieces. A standout track is a
guitar-dominated arrangement called "Two Little Boys." The
haunting melodies that are prevalent throughout "Saturday's
Luck" are swept aside for a moment, leaving room for more melodic and
sweet phrasings. The adventures of the "Two Little Boys"
are simple and moving, and require very little effort to enjoy.
focus track, “Immigrant Eyes” is so lyrically vivid, that scenes of
Ellis Island and other symbols of national pride play in the listener’s
minds eye as Carrick sings about a grandfather’s immigration to the US
in the early 1900’s.
150+ dates a year for many years has honed Carrick’s unique ability to
bring to life the characters and emotions that play out in the wondrous
stories he sings about on stage.
fluid guitar picking technique and rousing baritone voice stir the
emotions and fill the soul with the kind of longing that working people,
cowboys, lovers, and cross-country truckers understand. He sings about
what helps us and hurts us -- and puts us at home with ourselves when we
listen…. Just the way a master storyteller should.
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