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J.R. Carroll gained his gospel pipes on Sunday mornings, leading the small-town Okie church choir by piano and voice. After finding a group of friends to sing along with, Carroll adopted the acoustic guitar and wrote what became his debut EP, “Long Story Short.” The set of songs resonated with fans of Tyler Childers, Jason Isbell, John Moreland, and Carroll’s close friend Zach Bryan.Since the EP’s release, Carroll has been playing shows of all sizes. He currently accompanies Zach Bryan as Bryan’s touring keyboardist. When he isn’t on tour with Bryan, Carroll is writing at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma or playing his own shows around the United States.Carroll’s latest release, “Raging in the Dark,” reflects an indie-rock influence, while holding dear the tender, honest, and heart-felt lyricism that fans expect from Carroll. This latest release draws influence from artists like Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, and the Avett Brothers. Upon release, singles from Raging in the Dark havebecome staples on editorial playlists such as Spotify’s own “Indigo”.