Rolling Stone Names Carson McHone’s Carousel One Of the Best Country And Americana Albums Of 2018

Rolling Stone has named Carson McHone’s Carousel one of it’s 40 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2018. The Austin, TX native makes it onto a list that also includes albums from Kacey Musgraves, Pistol Annies, Brandi Carlisle and John Prine.

Here’s what Rolling Stone says about Carousel:

“’Well here’s the deal,’ Carson McHone sings at the opening of Carousel, launching head-first into the album’s mournful bit of clever honky-tonk, ‘Sad.’ Through the course of 11 emotive and conversational tracks, McHone lives up to that sort of casual, candid entrance. The singer has spent years on the Austin scene scuffing up floors and stages, and that kind of seasoned authority shows — on moments like the unsettling vulnerability of ‘Drugs’ and the heartbreak call of ‘Gentle,’ where McHone’s warble slides even more solemnly than the steel guitar. There’s a delightful sense of traditionalism within the melodies of Carousel, but she never feels bound to it either. Like on the bare-bones, Gillian Welch-evoking ‘Spider Song,’ which closes the record, McHone knows it’s the words that matter just as much as the packaging.”

Since it’s U.S. release in October, Carousel has been met with a wide swath of praise from BrooklynVegan, The Line of Best Fit, American Songwriter, Wide Open Country, Ladygunn, The Boot, KUTX, The Bluegrass Situation and more.

Carson will release Carousel in the UK via Loose Records, UK label home of Courtney Marie Andrews, Andrew Combs, The Handsome Family and others, on January 25. She’ll perform at AmericanaFest UK In London on January 29, and then head out on a UK tour.

Carson recently released the video for “Sad,” a standout from Carousel. Clad in sad clown make-up, McHone and her dance partner two-step around an empty bar (Austin, TX’s White Horse Tavern), giving a striking visual to the song. It's at times absurd, tender and even hilarious. Watch the video here.

Watch a recent full band Daytrotter session here.