Waitin' in the Country

Waitin' in the Country

by Jason Michael Carroll
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Waitin' in the Country

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/2007
Label: Arista
UPC: 0886970148726
catalogNumber: 14872

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
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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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago