“Carousel sees Carson McHone swinging out of her corner of the Texas honky-tonks with the most exciting country record since Margo Price’s Midwest Farmer’s Daughter.” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT
“Native Austinite and country songwriter Carson McHone has been crushing crowds at places like The White Horse well before she was 21, and rightfully so. McHone’s unapologetic temperament shines through her lyrics and she matches it with flawless performances on vocals, guitar and harmonica.” – NPR MUSIC
“boundaries blur, brilliance follows” – 8/10 UNCUT
Following an eventful 2019 which saw the release of CARSON McHONE’s critically acclaimed album ‘Carousel’ on Loose and extensive touring of USA and Europe, the singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas has announced that she will be returning to Europe early next year – opening up for The Felice Brothers.
The tour, set to begin in January 2020, will be Carson’s first return to Europe since her summertime outing which she capped off with a performance at The Long Road Festival. Carson has also been confirmed to play alongside Loose label-mates Native Harrow at 2020’s Kilkenny Roots Festival in May.
The full list of upcoming dates can be found below and tickets can be purchased here.
Carson McHone European Tour Dates
22 Jan – BELFAST Limelight 2 (UK)*
23 Jan – DUBLIN Whelan’s (IE)*
24 Jan – GLASGOW St Lukes (UK)*
25 Jan – NEWCASTLE NU Students Union (UK)*
27 Jan – LEEDS Brudenell (UK)*
28 Jan – CAMBRIDGE Junction 2 (UK)*
29 Jan – MANCHESTER Gorilla (UK)*
31 Jan – BRIGHTON Old Market (UK)*
01 Feb – LONDON Islington Assembly Hall (UK)*
02 Feb – BRISTOL Fleece (UK)*
* with The Felice Brothers
Carousel is out now on Loose
In 2019, Carson released her poignant new album, ‘Carousel on Loose records. Carousel is a latter-day record inspired by diverse sources like Dylan, the Velvet Underground, and American novelist Thomas Wolfe, unconcerned with flying the flag of old-school country. It wears its eclecticism proudly, with McHone singing each song in a voice that is worldly-wise and woozily gorgeous.
Dark, driving and evocative, Carousel captures a period of remarkable growth for the singer, shining a light not only on McHone’s honky-tonk roots, but on her development as a modern, alt-country storyteller. It featured newly written songs and updated versions of tracks that first appeared on her Goodluck Man, pushing traditional sounds and themes into a modern context.
Playing an instrumental role in the process was Mike McCarthy, the now Nashville based, award-winning producer behind albums for Spoon, Patty Griffin, and Heartless Bastards. McCarthy is well versed in country music but his work is definitely not defined by the genre, which made him the perfect candidate for McHone’s record. Purposeful, pointed, and poignant, Carousel is a compelling ride that will leave any listener waiting for its follow up with bated breath.
Catch Carson performing songs from the album and more on tour with the Felice Brothers in 2020.
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