Jim Carpenter / Press

“In 2000 Jim Carpenter won the Chicago Lake County Folk Festival's Songwriting Competition. His new record was recorded in Nashville and Loco Dare, his Connecticut studio. From the cover you'd expect a Jimmy Buffet sound, but this record is more Joe Ely and Tom Russell. Carpenter is an accomplished guitarist and his stories weave around familiar territory of lost opportunities on the human highway. The instrumental ''Club Alligator/Refugee' showcases his fine dixterity as a musician . . . clearly a telented player encompassing all guitars, mandolin, banjo, papoose, drums and percussion. Mastered by Jim Demain in Nashville and produced by Carpenter, the recored is a pleasant trawl through tales of broken hearts, rivers, bridges and the source of the record's title track on 'The Rose Of His Tattoo' - 'the southern sun is on the rise, blinding him with coral white, the Bahia Honda bridge is falling, for twenty years this road has called him. . ."”