Modern Roots, is perhaps a contradiction in its very name, but a musical ideal that Carroll stands firm to uphold. Drawing inspiration in style and delivery from songwriters and musicians of that past, while writing from what inspires him in his everyday life, he bridges the gap between American Roots and current day Americana music.
Raised on a healthy dose of SRV, The Grateful Dead, Dylan and The Band thanks to his old man, gave him a respect for musicianship and a good song. Playing in a variety of blues and rock n’roll bands through the younger years of life forged an appreciation for musicians creating music through improvisation and true feeling. It was, however, in college where he picked up a mandolin and found the bluegrass and country roots sound which his style most sonically emulates today. Incorporating inspiration from legendary roots musicians Hank Sr., Doc Watson and Johnny Cash with his love of modern day songwriters and musicians such as Chris Thile, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell and his closest friends that he gets to play with regularly, Brian spins a web of music that is part storyteller, part improvisational blues and bluegrass musicianship, but all emotion and heart.
With 3 EPs, a 15 track collection entitled “The Monthly EPs” and a live release under his belt, Carroll is currently working on new songs for another solo release as well as songs with his “The Dead Ringers” duo partner, Matt Chieffo. Always writing, always searching for that next perfect lyric, that song that speaks to someone is something deeply engrained in the songwriter. WordKrapht’s Kerriann Curtis describes his songwriting as “Story-telling put to music”. As a singer and multi-instrumentalist, he also shines. Max Bowen (of Boston’s ‘The Noise’) states “as good as he is on the string instruments [for the record, he’s really damn good], his vocals are second to none.”