“I was thinking of you when the rice birds flew; when the false dawn came with the morning dew. You’re a thunderstorm raging outside my garage. You’re the white shirt peeking through my camouflage.”

Weaving modern-day tales with metaphorical suggestions and witty expressions, Tyler-native Adam Carroll has opened for such performers as Robert Earl Keen, and at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, he will be on stage at Roland’s Next Door, 110 S. Ragsdale St.

“Adam seems to see life as it is, unfiltered,” said Roland Brown, owner of Roland’s Next Door. “He writes what he sees spiced only with an occasional literary wink and then delivers his songs straight ahead with enthusiastic guitar playing and some harmonica thrown in for good measure.

“The often heard comparisons to Bob Dylan are an apt description, but I find Adam more fun to listen to than Dylan.”

With lyrics like “something bad happened in this town last night, concerning the mayor in his wedding gown alright ...” and “Hillbillies drinking from a paper cup, I’m going to the place where my dreams fill up,” Carroll definitely gets listeners’ attention, enticing them to have fun.

Carroll, based in the Austin and New Braunfels area, recently released his third album, “Far Away Blues.” It is the debut for Blue Corn Music and is produced by the legendary Lloyd Maines, who has produced albums for the Dixie Chicks, Pat Green and Joe Ely.

Texas songwriting legend Ray Wylie Hubbard co-wrote Carroll’s “Last Day of Grace” and performed a duet with Carroll on “Far Away Blues.” And keeping to his concepts of community and family, Carroll’s grandfather, Ray Davidson, played saxophone on the album.

“For those who haven’t heard Adam before, it would be a shame to someday say, ‘I had a chance to hear him when he was young right here in my own backyard, but I didn’t take the opportunity,’” Brown said.

Carroll has spent the last five years on the road, and with the release of “Far Away Blues,” he will begin touring nationally.

For information about Carroll, visit his Web site at www.adamcarroll.com.

A pickin’ circle will form after this show, and anyone interested is encouraged to bring along their instrument.

An $8-per-person donation for the artist is requested. For information, call 903-586-7501.

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