Meet the SpareFeet: Up-and-Coming Austin Folk Musician Carrie Ann Carroll

By    March 5, 2014

Carrie Ann Carroll

When Carrie Ann Carroll isn’t helping SpareFoot customers find storage, you might find her trying to tell the truth through her music.

Carroll, a member of SpareFoot’s Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team, is an aspiring singer/songwriter who’s just released her first full-length CD, “You Should Know.” A release party for the 11-song CD is set for March 8 in Austin.

Carroll describes herself as a folk singer/songwriter whose music is laced with country, rock and pop influences. But don’t expect her to be belting out a bouncy tune like Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe.” Carroll said her music follows the “three chords and the truth” philosophy.

“Writing songs has always been cathartic for me. I usually write a lot when I’m sad. I have a lot of songs about being hurt or disappointed by relationships. I am definitely more drawn toward dark subject matter,” she said.

I don’t ever want to write a song because I think it’s going to be well-liked.
— Carrie Ann Carroll

Indeed, one of the tunes on the CD is titled “Murder.” Not surprisingly, it’s a tale of betrayal.

Carroll acknowledged she likes “mindless” pop songs, but she said she’ll never write one. Those kinds of tunes just don’t fuel her creativity.

“For me, it’s easier to sing about my emotions than to talk about them,” she said. “I really like it when some one tells me one of my songs made them cry. Not in an evil kind of way—I just like that sort of emotional reaction.”

“I am much more interested in the story of the song than the architecture of the music,” Carroll added. “That’s why I’m always drawn to folk and classic country. It’s really all about telling a story and connecting with people. That is what music is to me.”

Carrie Ann Carroll

While music has been a lifelong obsession, Carroll said she didn’t start writing songs until she was a student at Kean University in New Jersey.

“I started learning a few chords and other people’s songs on guitar,” she said. “I used to skip class and just play songs all day. Soon after that, I wrote my first song, and I have probably written over a hundred since then. I hope I never stop.”

Musicians who’ve inspired Carroll include Joe Ely, Guy Clark, Steve Poltz, Amanda Shires, Holly Williams, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Hank Williams.

“I don’t necessarily write like them, or want to. It’s their fearlessness that inspires me,” she said. “I don’t ever want to write a song because I think it’s going to be well-liked. I just want to be sincere, honest and fearless. I’m working on it.”

Carrie Carroll’s CD release party will be at 4 p.m. March 8 at Austin’s Strange Brew Lounge Side, 5326 Manchaca Road. She’ll be performing with a full band. All ages are welcome. Admission is $10 a person, which includes a free copy of “You Should Know.”

For more information about the CD release party, visit strangebrewloungeside.com.

To buy the CD, visit iTunes at http://goo.gl/rjz3Hi. The CD also is available through other online retailers and at Austin’s Waterloo Records.

John is editor of The SpareFoot Blog. He first moved to Austin in 1999, when downtown Austin wasn't nearly as lively as it is today. John's loves include pizza, University of Kansas basketball and puns.

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