ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — He’s played at the famed Grand Ole Opry and opened for The Ramones. His songs have been recorded by John Prine, Asleep at the Wheel, BR5-49, Sunny Sweeney and Kasey Chambers.
Odds are you’ve heard his songs, but don’t realize who is behind them. Meet Tim Carroll. He’s a singer/songwriter and guitarist who has been making music since the early 1980s.
Through a career of playing with various bands and songwriting, he’s found the balance that works for him.
“I love performing and writing music,” he says during a recent interview during a lunch stop near Fayetteville, Ark. “It’s what I’ve been doing for years and I am really enjoying myself.”
Carroll is married to rising country singer Elizabeth Cook and often writes songs and performs with his wife. On her current tour, Carroll is opening for his wife, and he says it’s perfectly fine.
“I’ve performed with her and during her sets, she usually invites me on stage to do some of my songs,” he explains. “It’s a great gig because I get to help out my wife and perform some of my own music.”
Carroll’s latest album is called “Look Out” and was released in February. He says the album took more than two years of writing and recording at home.
“I was just writing demos and recording them at home,” he says. “I would ask friends of mine to come over and play on the songs with me and before I knew it, I had this handful of really strong songs. I decided to put them together on an album and that’s how it came together.”
Over the course of his career, Carroll says, he’s evolved every step of the way. He says his writing process has changed dramatically because as he writes songs, he is just as quick to record them.
“I like to hear it before I move on,” he explains. “Listening to the songs allows me to remove myself from it and then I can start the editing process in my head. This helps me so I’m not just sitting in a room and writing.”
Aside from touring in support of his own album, Carroll says that he’s been busy in the studio working with Cook.
“We’ve been in the studio recording some songs,” he says. “She’s planning on putting out a gospel album. She’s searched far and wide for some obscure songs. It’s turning out pretty cool.”