With a return visit to the city’s premier country nightclub, Jason Michael Carroll adds excitement to his show for his loyal fans in Indianapolis.
For a second time in 2018, the baritone voiced long-hair country heart-throb Jason Michael Carroll returns to Indianapolis and his favorite midwest honkey-tonk, 8 Seconds Saloon.
As the club prepares for it’s 20 year anniversary, Jason has been an immense contributor to the club’s success since the birth of his own career in 2006. Since then, the North Carolina native has made many friends in the area that have come out to support the show this evening.
The show begins with Jason waltzing back and forth across the stage and up on the keyboardist’s riser as he claims to be “Waitin’ In The Country” with the crowd standing up against the stage getting handshakes and fist pumps from Jason.
Standing at his scarf draped twisted mic stand while “Lookin’ At You,” Jason thrills the female crowd as he unties his ponytailed long hair from under his cowboy hat and allowing it to flow over his shoulders as he whips it back and forth.
Grabbing his guitar, Jason welcomes the crowd and thanks them all for coming. He talks of attending the NBA Indiana Pacers basketball game earlier in the evening and singing the National Anthem at the game’s beginning. Showing his excitement over the wild finish and Indiana getting the win, the crowd cheers on as he comments that “I can’t say I did it, but I didn’t hurt it.”
Continuing on with his show, Jason performs songs from his four studio albums; Waitin’ In The Country (2007), Growing Up Is Getting Old (2009), Numbers (2011) and What Color Is Your Sky (2015). Some of those songs include his single releases “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead,” “Where I’m From,” “Meet Me In The Barn” along with the crowd favorite signature hit “Alyssa Lies.”
Jason tells the crowd how the band often plays to a setlist and he is proud to be able to follow along with that for most of the evening. For this evening’s show, he is going to mix it up a bit and add a few favorites of his from other artists. Starting with his guitar, Jason begins with a mix of Garth Brook’s hit “That Summer” and adds “Last Kiss” by J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers to the middle before rounding out with the ending of “That Summer.”
Earlier this year, Jason played a leading role in a musical movie Strings in which he wrote and played a lot of music in. Jason performs “Here I Am” from that movie.
During an intimate and emotional moment in the show, Jason on stage alone softly picks his guitar while telling a story. He starts by thanking the crowd for supporting him and his music although he is not always perfect, confessing to being an Asshole at times. He tells of a fan he had who followed him for years before a misunderstanding tore them apart. Recently reconnected, she started to message Jason again. After being invited to the show, she asked him to play a song “Waste Their Life” for her here at the Indianapolis show this evening. With Jason not knowing, she had been fighting a disease that took her life before being able to make the show. With tears in his eyes and a lump in his throat, Jason honors her request and dedicates the song to his longtime friend, Tracy.
Jason with his keyboardist holds a karaoke session on stage with more of Jason’s favorite songs by other artists that helped influence Jason’s upbringing and early career. Included were “When You Say Nothing At All” and “Miami, My Amy” by Keith Whitley, “Rose Colored Glasses” by John Conlee and “When Ever You Come Around” by Vince Gill.
Being joined by the remainder of the band, Jason pays tribute to the late pop artist Prince with his version of “Purple Rain.” Jason climbs up the speaker stack on one side of the stage before lead guitarist finishes with a guitar solo up on a speaker stack at the other end of the stage.
After an acapella version of “God Bless The USA” with the 8 Seconds Saloon crowd, Jason adds a snippet of the 1982 single “Rosanna” by rock band Toto. He, however, jokes “I would need someone to kick me in the junk to get me that high to sing it.”
Jason ends his regular set with his 2007 single “Living Our Love Song” before exiting off stage to screaming fans asking for more.
As the fan favorite artist returns for an encore, Jason concludes the evening with the Allman Brothers “Soulshine” before preparing to travel down “Country Roads” by John Denver.
Although Jason is no longer played on country radio due to him being considered “too country,” watching Jason and his band react to the large Indy crowds and the crowds towards Jason, it becomes evident why Jason is a local favorite and plays the 8 Seconds Saloon multiple times each year.
This evening’s local talent is provided by country rocker Isaac Rudd from nearby Kirklin, IN. With a five-piece band behind him, Isaac performs original tunes “Done Me Wrong,” “Dive Bar Town” and “Watchin’ Memories” to whom he dedicates to his late grandfather. Isaac also adds covers “Tulsa Time” by Don Williams and “Walk Of Life” by rock band Dire Straits.
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Event Date: 03-NOV-2018