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Jim Carrick

Saturday’s Luck

 

Jim 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.

 

Music 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.

 

In 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.

 

The 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.

 

Playing 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.

 

Carrick's 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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