“The Lost One” is a collection of twelve cinematic country songs by Barton Carroll. Since 2002, Barton Carroll has toured and recorded extensively with Crooked Fingers and Eric Bachmann, playing guitar, steel guitar, and upright bass. Carroll has also toured, playing various instruments with Azure Ray, Dolorean, and Micah P. Hinson.
In 2006 Carroll released his second solo effort, “Love and War,” on Skybucket Records. “Love and War” received much critical acclaim in music journals such as Harp, No Depression, The Big Takeover, and many others. Paste Magazine also included a track from “Love and War” on their November, 2006 CD sampler.
The album title, “The Lost One,” was stolen from one of the classic films of the Noir canon, a genre that Carroll is hooked on. Like the film, the songs tell stories of souls who, burdened by their past, fear they will not be redeemed. Carroll’s sardonic and self effacing wit is evident.
Musically, the record is a mixture of the mountain music that Carroll grew up hearing in Western North Carolina, and the sweet, sad, melodic sensibility of Alex Chilton. Carroll has a sincere, durable voice well suited for storytelling and folk songs.
“The Lost One” was produced by Martin Feveyear, who engineered and produced the 2005 Crooked Fingers release, “Dignity and Shame.” Feveyear is a veteran producer and engineer, having worked with such artists as Mark Lanegan, Damien Jurado, and John Wesley Harding.