March 21st, 2022 7pm Stage 2
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Bruce T Carroll
Bruce T Carroll (www.brucetcarroll.com) returns to Rockwood Music Hall having just released his latest album, First Bird To Sing, and brings with him original band members Tommy Mandel, Marc Shulman, Sara Milonovich, Lincoln Schleifer, and Joe Bonadio, along with a renewed focus on solidifying his niche in the Americana soundscape.
First Bird To Sing is his third full-length album in the last five years. The first, Ruckus and Romance, released in 2016, was touted by No Depression Magazine as "devilishly brilliant" and “intensely beautiful". The signature song on the album, When Two Worlds Collide helped put the focus on the worldwide refugee crisis which, sadly, remains a huge and growing problem today. Finding You, released in 2018, also earned critical praise as “a fine, intense commentary on America's past" (No Depression), and the first song on the record, Fox In The Henhouse remains an apt description of the current American mise en scene. Then, in 2020, the release of the inspirational single Lift Your Head Up provided a soundtrack for the momentous national election that resulted in a political sea change that may (or may not) have saved our fragile democracy.
First Bird To Sing was recorded this past spring at The Building in Marlboro, NY with premier Hudson Valley sidemen and Donald Fagin bandmates Lee Falco, Connor Kennedy, Brandon Morrison and Will Bryant. It is a collection of eight beautifully written songs that cover a varied stylistic ground. The album is getting significant airplay worldwide and garnering great reviews.
“This is a brilliant album that attacks the dark side with a tac flashlight and hope. It is inspirational throughout, hammering various aspect of the dark side into submission, giving hope to all of us no matter what we’ve been through. Very much a singular talent that deserves admiration” - Chris Spector, Midwest Record
Bruce’s music is lyric-driven and imagistic. It is both timeless and contemporary, personal yet universal. His songs are rooted in his conviction that music and social conscience come from the same wellspring of humanity, and derive meaning and power from their ability to inspire and unite.