Editors’ Notes On his 2009 sophomore album, Jason Michael Carroll delivers a down-home yet classy set of country tunes in the manner of a latter-day Garth Brooks. The North Carolina native leans more towards poignant sketches of ordinary life than hellacious party tunes. The importance of family is a reoccurring theme, whether in terms of a separated father’s love for his child (“Tears”), the search for a prodigal daughter (“Hurry Home”), or the struggles of young parents (“We Threw It All Away”). Carroll also sings affectingly of his small-town roots in the buoyant “Where I’m From.” The upbeat Southern rockers – especially “Happened on a Saturday Night (Suzie Q)” and “Barn Burner” – are full of Wild Turkey, smoked pig and barroom fights, topped off with twanging guitars and squealing fiddles. Producer Don Gehman — best known for his work with John Mellencamp — leaves enough rough edges to give these tracks a measure of individuality. Growing Up Is Getting Old is a confident, well-realized release by an artist just hitting his stride.

SONG
Happened On a Saturday Night (Suzie Q)
1
3:23
 
Let Me Go
2
4:00
 
Where I'm From
3
4:36
 
Tears
4
4:31
 
Growing Up Is Getting Old
5
3:09
 
That's All I Know
6
3:42
 
We Threw It All Away
7
3:51
 
Sorry Don't Matter
8
3:29
 
Barn Burner
9
3:17
 
Hurry Home
10
4:02