Once upon a time, country hit-maker Jason Michael Carroll knew his way around his local Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, thanks to the fact he once worked there as a server. And these days, he’s the face on the national retailer’s latest country music CD titled Numbers.
With the release of his new 12-track CD, family man Carroll has become the first artist ever signed by the company’s exclusive music program who once worked in one of its restaurants. The deep-throated, honey-voiced singer-songwriter, as it turns out, first started singing in public while working as a server at the Cracker Barrel located in Henderson, N.C.
As for his Numbers offering, the disc is a compilation of songs about everyday life experiences, including “Alyssa Lies,” which reached No. 5 on the Billboard country charts and was originally released on Carroll’s 2007 major-label album, and the title song, “Numbers,” written by Patrick Davis and Rodney Clawson.
“Most numbers mean absolutely nothing,” Carroll explained of his CD’s title track, “but some of them, like the date you meet the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with, mean everything.”
Per the retailer’s PR camp, Cracker Barrel and Carroll, who departed his Arista affiliation last year, collaborated with the Quarterback Records radio team, GrassRoots and country radio nationwide to debut the song as a single in April. Subsequently, the Numbers CD debuted July 25, 2011, exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at crackerbarrel.com.
“Jason Michael Carroll’s Cracker Barrel experience has come full circle,” said Julie Craig, marketing manager for Cracker Barrel. “Numbers is about the connection between being at certain places at certain times in your life, and our special connection with Jason was born the day he started working in our Henderson store. He’s already made history within the Cracker Barrel family and we hope when people hear this CD, he’ll be on his way to making some music history as well.”
In addition to the dozen songs featured on the CD, fans will have an opportunity to see Carroll perform on the porches of some Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations this summer. Dates and times will be posted on crackerbarrel.com/music as soon as they are confirmed.
The tracks featured on Numbers are as follows:
1. “This Is For The Lonely”
3. “Ray Of Hope”
4. “Meet Me In The Barn”
5. “Hell Or Hallelujah”
6. “Can I Get An Amen”
7. “My Favorite”
8. “Don’t Know Why”
9. “Let Me”
11. “Last Word”
12. “Alyssa Lies” (from the album Waitin’ in the Country, Arista Records, 2007)
For more info on Carroll, who released his first-ever Christmas CD in 2010, please visit his official website by clicking here. To sample his hit-laden sound, simply access the music video embedded on the left side of this article or either of the two song links above.