Bruce T. Carroll: 2017
Bruce T. Carroll (with hat) and his bandmates joined by "Sunday Supper" host John Platt (photo by Jeremy Rainer).
Bruce T. Carroll says he's returned to his first love, lyrical songwriting, after "years lost in the wilderness." It's not as though he was living in a log cabin in the woods somewhere. He was the proprietor of the Watercolor Cafe in Larchmont, which for many years served up fine food along with a regular roster of leading singer-songwriters.
Presenting artists such as Ellis Paul, Steve Forbert, and Richie Havens evidently inspired Bruce, since he's released a very accomplished album, Ruckus and Romance, which is very attuned to the zeitgeist of the moment.
I invited him to WFUV for a Sunday Supper session in advance of his appearance at On Your Radar on January 10. He brought a couple of first-rate musicians, guitarist Marc Shulman and pianist Tommy Mandel, to accompany him on three songs from the album.