Leave it to a Texan to croon a love song that makes use of pickup trucks as a wooing device: On "Rice Birds," Adam Carroll sings, "I was thinking of you at the Mardi Gras, Fords and Chevys like I never saw." Carroll's folksy-country tunes are more Townes Van Zandt than, say, Alan Jackson. His latest effort, Far Away Blues, offers gems like the roots-infused, power-to-the-people-themed "AFL-CIO" ("rubber division, dontcha know?"). Carroll's understated vocal stylings hark back to early Bob Dylan and even Neil Young, and everyone (especially the ladies) can appreciate the tough guy showing his sensitive side on songs like "Teardrops" as a cello backs him, he admits, "one kiss from you and I lose everything," without any hint of sap. Today, the stud from Tyler stops by McGonigel's Mucky Duck for an intimate performance that you'll no doubt want to raise your pint to. Gordy Quist and Brian Keane open.
Tue., Jan. 10, 7 p.m.