Since dropping his seventh studio album in early December, Taylor Carson has been touring the country with fellow singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg for a series of sold-out shows. The pace will slow a bit when Carson returns to the listening room at the Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards on Jan. 12. [Note: The show has been rescheduled for March 30.]
The performance is part of the Songs, Stories and Gas Money concert series that creates an intimate atmosphere for artists to share the stories behind their work.
Carson’s new release, which peaked just below John Prine’s on the iTunes’ charts, builds on his introspective, optimistic 2016 release “Go Amaze.”
“After the Tamer Has Gone” featured nine tracks, led by “Brave.”
“Brave is a song where I am admitting that I am not always comfortable when things are good. I’m not wired that way. I tend to be better off when there’s a dilemma,” Carson shared on his Facebook page. “If things are good, I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. When things are bad, I thrive on finding my way out. … It makes me feel like a kid cause I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. It seems negative as I explain it, but it’s telling the listener that there’s always a solution. There is ALWAYS a silver lining and we are all Brave.”
Other highlights include, “I Believe in You,” in which Carson urges his young daughter to never let anything get in the way of her imagination, and “Josephine,” a tale of chase one’s dreams.
“My greatest hope for this record is that it reminds people that we were all once kids and to treat everyone with the kindness they deserve. No regrets,” Carson wrote.
The Songs, Stories and Gas Money series was founded in 2015 artist and musician Stilson Greene and songwriter and guitarist Don Chapman. The performances are not a typical winery show where musicians can be relegated to background music as patrons visit with friends. Instead, the audience is focused entirely on the stagecraft—you’ll have to take your conversations outside. From the series’ launch, artists have embraced the concept, offering carefully creative set lists and often sharing very personal stories of their challenges and triumphs.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
Future performances are Tommy Gann and Kim Pittinger on Jan 26, Andrew McKnight on Feb 9, Cal Everett on Feb 23 and Mike Meadows on March 9. All shows will be from 8-10 pm. Doors open at 7 p.m. for first come seating.