Carson McHone’s Dark, Driving And Evocative Carousel Is The Confident Work Of A Modern Alt-Country Storyteller

Hear First Single “Sad” Via American Songwriter

August 23, 2018 – Dark, driving and evocative, Carson McHone’s new album Carousel captures a period of remarkable growth for the young singer and songwriter. The album, out October 26th (Nine Mile Records), shines a light not only on McHone's honky-tonk roots, but also on her development as a modern, alt-country storyteller. It features newly written songs and updated versions of tracks that first appeared on her 2015 album Goodluck Man, pushing traditional sounds and themes into a modern context.

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 McHone singing each song in a voice that is worldly-wise and woozily gorgeous.

“There was a time when I wanted to champion traditional country,” says McHone,  “mostly because I wasn’t hearing it in what was being called ‘country’.  I think a lot of roots influenced artists feel the need to defend tradition in this way.  Today though, I want to do more with the form, push myself past where I understand it to be.”

Playing an instrumental role in the process 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 McHone’s new record. 

Years before Rolling Stone was praising Carson McHone's rule-breaking roots music, naming her a “New Country Artist You Need To Know” last summer, the Austin, Texas native played weeknights in local bars like The White Horse, keeping dancers dancing and drinkers drinking. With her 21st birthday still in the distance (she got her first residency at 16), McHone entertained late-night crowds bearing witness to the good times and bad decisions that fill a busy bar. It was a rare, raw education.

She pumped her music full of details from an early adulthood spent in the company of the heartbroken and high-toleranced. In 2015, McHone released Goodluck Man, which earned her a cover story in The Austin Chronicle as well as the support of local icons like Ray Wylie Hubbard, who said she "writes songs like her life depends on it." Then she hit the road, touring the U.S. (and beyond) with acts like Shakey Graves, Gary Clark, Jr., and Joe Pug. Her writing style widened and her music evolved, which led her to stretch out on Carousel

McHone will tour extensively this fall behind the album, including three shows at AmericanaFest next month in Nashville.

Carson McHone – Fall 2018 Tour Dates

Sept 5 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern*

Sept 6 - Portland, OR - The Old Church*

Sept 11 - Nashville, TN - The 5 Spot (AmericanaFest)

Sept 12 - Nashville, TN – The Basement East - Paul Cauthen's Big Velvet Revue (AmericanaFest)

Sept 16 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley  (AmericanaFest)

Oct 13 - Kountze, TX - Hogs For The Cause Festival

Oct 20 - Tampa, FL - Pig Jig Festival

Nov 1 - Austin, TX - Cactus Cafe

Nov 2 - Houston, TX - McGonigels Mucky Duck

Nov 3 - San Antonio, TX - Lonesome Rose

Nov 6 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Blue Door

Nov 7 - Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads

Nov 8 - Davenport, IA - Racoon Motel

Nov 9 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout

Nov 10 - Indianapolis, IN – TBD

Nov 11 - Newport, KY - Southgate House 

Nov 13 - Brooklyn, NY - Skinny Dennis

Nov 14 - New York, NY - Hill Country BBQ

Nov 15 - Washington DC - Hill Country BBQ

Nov 16 - Chattanooga, TN - Halfway House Concerts

Nov 17 - Nashville, TN - The Basement

* w/ Joe Pug

Pre-order Carousel here.


For more information on Carson McHone, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, or 917.703.8361.