Hear Carson McHone’s new album via BrooklynVegan, Carousel out this Friday

Carson McHone’s new album Carousel is out this Friday, but you can hear it now at BrooklynVegan. Carousel is a latter-day record unconcerned with flying the flag of old-school country, inspired by diverse sources like Dylan, the Velvet Underground, and American novelist Thomas Wolfe. It wears its eclecticism proudly, with Carson singing each song in a voice that is worldly-wise and woozily gorgeous.

Playing an instrumental role in the album was Mike McCarthy, the now Nashville based, award-winning producer behind albums for Spoon, Patty Griffin, and Heartless Bastards.  McCarthy is well versed in country music but his work is definitely not defined by the genre, which made him the perfect candidate for Carson’s new record.

Last summer, Rolling Stone Country named Carson a “New Country Artist You Need To Know,” saying she’s “for fans of: Amanda Shires, Tift Merritt, Elizabeth Cook,” and adding she “sounds like: the bridge between Texas twang and Tennessee country.”

Carousel has been getting early praise from Rolling Stone Country, American Songwriter, Wide Open Country, Ladygunn, and The Boot. Carson is also KUTX "Artist of the Month" for October.

Watch Carson and her band perform album standouts “Drugs,” “Good Time Daddy Blues” and “Dram Shop Gal” at a KUTX session last week here.

Carson is touring coast-to-coast in support of the record, and recently added dates opening for John Paul White and Charley Crockett to her tour. She also plays Los Angeles October 26th with Albert T. Hickman of Albert & His Dreamboats, Brooklyn, NY November 13th with Zephaniah O’Hora and Nashville on November 17th with Lillie Mae. A full list of dates can be found here.