Country music star Jason Michael Carroll will make his way to the Cowboy Up Saloon on Thursday, Feb. 27, saddled with new tunes that might appear on his upcoming album.
Carroll's debut at the Cowboy Up will mark the venue's first time hosting a national artist. Having only been in business for less than two years, Cowboy Up co-owner Felicia Baker is thrilled to have landed Carroll.
"To have Jason Michael Carroll ─ who has some great songs I've been listening to for years ─ perform here on our stage, I'm in awe of that," Baker said.
Baker also has plans to attract more national acts to Cowboy Up, but said no dates or artists are set in stone yet.
Meanwhile Baler anticipates that bringing an artist of Carroll's stature to her restaurant will add more credibility to the venue, which she hopes will result in new patrons.
During a phone interview with the Dover Post on Friday, Feb. 7, Carroll said his diehard fans from the Mid-Atlantic region will appear at his concert.
"Some of my fans from Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and places like that, have hit me up on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and [said] they're all coming," the North Carolina singer-songwriter said. "It's exciting to see that kind of response from my fans when they're telling me they're going to be there for sure."
Fresh music and a kick-starter
With his fourth studio album slated for release this spring, Carroll says his fans will hear him play some new songs that might appear on the record. The singer-songwriter will definitely play "What Color is Your Sky," a melancholy tune about love lost. Carroll mentioned he might also perform the spaghetti-Western inspired "All I'm Drinkin' 'Bout," which is about heartbreak.
"I got the idea from watching a Quentin Tarantino film," he said.
Carroll, who's a big movie buff, penned "All I'm Drinkin' Bout" after he and his wife saw Tarantino's film "Pulp Fiction" on TV. While watching the flick, Carroll heard a spaghetti-Western song from the soundtrack and realized Tarantino has used similar music in some of his previous projects.
Carroll would really like to see "All I'm Drinkin' Bout" make it on his new record.
"To have a song that has a whistle in it would be pretty cool," he said of the tune.
Independent and without a record label, Carroll will use Kickstarter, a web-based fundraising system, to help promote his new album and to pay for recording costs. His goal on Kickstarter will be set at $40,000, and it'll launch before the end of the month. Although Carroll says it'll cost more than $40,000 to record and promote his album, raising $40,000 would still be helpful. And he's confident his fans will help him reach his goal.
Page 2 of 2 - "I think we have the fan base to make it happen," he said. "I've been without a label for [a couple] years, yet I've been the busiest I've ever been."
Carroll rose to fame after being discovered at a talent competition in 2004 and later signed to Arista in 2006, releasing his debut album, "Waitin' In The Country." The album produced three Top 40 hits ─ "Alyssa Lies," "Livin' Our Love Song" and "I Can Sleep When I'm Dead" ─ and soared to No. 1 on the U.S. Country charts, selling nearly half a million copies. Both of Carroll's following albums, "Growing Up Is Getting Old" (2009) and "Numbers" (2011), have charted on the Billboard Top 200.
NOTE: Michael Jason Carroll was originally scheduled to perform at the Cowboy Up on Thursday, Feb. 13, but due to snowfall the night before the event, Carroll's concert was rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 27.
IF YOU GO
WHAT Jason Michael Carroll in concert
WHEN 9 p.m., Thursday
WHERE Cowboy Up Saloon, 1036 Lafferty Lane, Dover
COST $25 ($85 for four-ticket package)
INFO Visit cowboyupde.com or call (302) 264-9322