Tell us about yourself and your music
I am Joshua Carroll Love, I go by Carroll Love. I use my middle name because like me my dad and his dad, my grandfather share the same three initials and the same middle name, Carroll. They both inspired me deeply growing up. They wrote songs and sung them as well. My music is not only to put myself out there but to also in a way put them out there as well. I write and sing my songs and I have a producer from Nashville, Gary DiBenedetto, who also did the steel guitar on my first song George Strait. His team consists of Jason Roller on guitar and Steve Cummings on drums and me singing on the newest song More Than 90 Proof. I get a lot of inspiration when I’m by myself driving with the music off in my car. I wrote quite a few songs that way and continue to do so. Then hand-pick which one I am going to record and what I consider is going to make my music stand out.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest release is called More Than 90 Proof. I was trying some guys out in Arizona at a steel company on how to load steel properly and professionally onto a truck. I spent two months out there and had missed being back in my home state. I missed it mainly due to the fall and winter feeling you get as the seasons start to change. Well, one day I got off of work out there and had gone to my hotel room, sat down, and began writing a verse I came up with while training a new guy on the crane. One verse then leads to another and then this song was born.
What inspired you to write this release?
The inspiration for this release just came from me missing home mainly and the life I had back home. I missed the fall leaves, my home state of Georgia, and the life I have here. I missed my family as well and it had got to me one day and so I sat down and wrote about it the best way I knew how.
Describe the writing and recording process
The writing process was easy. I started with one verse, then another verse came, followed by another and another. I had a small window to squeeze into getting it recorded by my producer, so when I came home, I had to instantly set up a time frame to get it recorded. Gary DiBenedetto took to it positively and listened to the lyrics as I sang them to him. He then put a metronome to it and used a temporary piano sound to get it to the right time and sound. He sent it to Nashville, Tennessee to have Jason Roller make a guitar riff for the song and Steve Cummings to do the drum riff to the song. After three weeks I got the song back and I loved it even more than when I had first recorded it after walking out of the studio. It was amazing and I was pleased.
Any plans to release a video?
Any plans to hit the road?
No tour dates yet, as I’m just now getting my music out there to be heard. I am in the process of recording more music, songs that are even more up to beat, with a wider spectrum of who I am and what I can do as a country artist, even though I am an Independent artist.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
As a person growing up I never was in the crowd. I set myself apart while still making friends with people who were in crowds. Kinda an outcast or a misfit if you will. With that being said, I intend on branding myself through social media, my own music website which will hopefully be available here soon, and of course, making and sharing videos on all video sharing sites to get my name out there to fans. I intend on doing that as well to reach newer potential fans also.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I have been listening to Luke Combs, Hardy, and The LACS here lately. Not just their music but also their lyrics. Blanco Brown as well.
Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influences are Hank Williams Sr., George Strait, Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Eminem, Daryle Singletary, Kid Rock, Ryan Upchurch, Luke Combs, Lil John, Lil Wayne, and George Jones.
Tell us about your passions
My passion is to one day be a member of The Grand Ole Opry and to help people. I love the feeling I get when I get the chance to help someone out in either the time of need or with spare time or anything like that. It makes me feel accomplished. The Grand Ole Opry I know is a long shot, but it is still a major passion of mine since I was a kid watching it on T.V.
What else is happening next in your world?
I’m looking to hopefully make and sell my first CD here soon when I get it finished. Intertwined with my fans and potential fans on social media and hope to begin a new life not only as an artist but also as a person.
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