Waitin' in the Country

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On the cover of his 2007 debut, Waitin' in the Country, Jason Michael Carroll certainly looks like a hunk -- and not just a country hunk, either; he looks like Samantha's main man Smith during the waning days of Sex & the City, which means he's marketable not just to the country audience but perhaps to the crossover audience as well. So, he looks the part of a country idol and, with his warm, rounded baritone, he sounds like one too, a picture-perfect definition of what a modern country singer should be, so it should come as no surprise that Waitin' in the Country also sounds perfectly tailored toward country conventions in the mid-2000s. Carroll never shies...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On the cover of his 2007 debut, Waitin' in the Country, Jason Michael Carroll certainly looks like a hunk -- and not just a country hunk, either; he looks like Samantha's main man Smith during the waning days of Sex & the City, which means he's marketable not just to the country audience but perhaps to the crossover audience as well. So, he looks the part of a country idol and, with his warm, rounded baritone, he sounds like one too, a picture-perfect definition of what a modern country singer should be, so it should come as no surprise that Waitin' in the Country also sounds perfectly tailored toward country conventions in the mid-2000s. Carroll never shies away from cliché on this album -- he feels at home in the country, will sleep when he's dead, has "Honky Tonk Friends," lives in "Anywhere USA," and finds "No Good in Goodbye" -- and the music is a blend of familiar arena rock riffs and new traditionalist swagger, tempered by more than its fair share of treacly sentiment on the ballads. But if Waitin' in the Country never defies convention, it never does it badly, either. Sure, some of it can be silly -- whether it's the prefabricated rowdy shout-alongs on the chorus of "Honky Tonk Friends" or the line "The people trust the steeple/And the steeple don't lie" on the title track -- but Carroll comes across as a likeable, ingratiating guy next door: he may look like a model, but there's an ordinariness in his voice that's endearing. It also suits his friendly, ordinary country and helps make Waitin' in the Country an enjoyable first album despite its occasional lapses into saccharine pop and a slight lack of truly memorable material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886970148726
  • Catalog Number: 14872
  • Sales rank: 14,327

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jason Michael Carroll Primary Artist, Vocals
John Wesley Ryles Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Dan Dugmore Steel Guitar
Larry Franklin Fiddle, Mandolin
John Hobbs Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Greg Morrow Drums
Herb Pedersen Background Vocals
Alison Prestwood Bass
Michael Rhodes Bass
Biff Watson Acoustic Guitar
Jonathan Yudkin Banjo, Mandolin, Violin
Michael Rojas Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Michael Daly Steel Guitar
William Hawn Percussion
Technical Credits
Mark Dearnley Engineer
Don Gehman Producer, Liner Notes
John Hobbs Music Direction
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Terry McBride Composer
Glen Mitchell Composer
Steve Robson Composer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Jonathan Yudkin String Arrangements
Jeffrey Steele Composer
Rivers Rutherford Composer
Shaye Smith Composer
Casey Beathard Composer
Brad Crisler Composer
Rick Ferrell Composer
Robin Geary grooming
Astrid Herbold May Art Direction
Judy Forde Blair Liner Notes, Creative Producer
Jason Michael Carroll Composer, Liner Notes
Liz Rose Composer
Tim Galloway Composer
Wade Kirby Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Never gets old!

    This album is great. Every song is catchy and Carol's voice is easy on the ears. The track with Jewel is amazing too. I highly recommend this album for people who like country and those who are interested in giving country a try. Enjoy.

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