Carson McHone Releases New Single ‘Drugs’

Carson McHone has shared Drugs, the second single from her forthcoming album Carousel. The song was originally recorded by fellow Austin musician Chris Brecht. After getting permission, Carson did some rewrites and made it her own. Speaking to Ladygunn, she explained, “Drugs isn’t really about drugs at all, but it comes from that same dark place of needing to sate some desire or emptiness and being willing to use someone for that… It is about abuse.”

Years before Rolling Stone was praising Carson McHone’s rule-breaking roots music, the Austin, Texas native played weeknights in local bars like The White Horse, keeping dancers dancing and drinkers drinking. With her 21st birthday still in the distance, Carson entertained late-night crowds bearing witness to the good times and bad decisions that fill a busy bar. It was a rare, raw education. She pumped her music full of details from an early adulthood spent in the company of the heartbroken and high-toleranced.

“I was a kid when I landed those residencies,” she says of her days at The Hole in The Wall, where she began playing Friday happy hour as a 16- year-old, and The White Horse, where she eventually took over the coveted Thursday night residency. “I wasn’t even old enough to be in those bars and they became a home to me. It’s a dark thing when a bar becomes your home.”

Here’s Carson and her band with fantastic a live version of Drugs, live at The White Horse.

Carson will embark upon her first ever UK tour next month, starting off with a slot at the AmericanaFest UK Showcase Festival in London on 29th January, where she’ll also be playing a free in-store show at Rough Trade East on the 31st. Tour dates below and you’ll find tickets here.

Carson McHone’s new album Carousel is out 25th January 2019 via Loose, available on LP, CD & digitally. Pre-order here.

29 Jan – LONDON Oslo (Americanafest UK)
31 Jan – LONDON Rough Trade East (1pm) *
01 Feb – GUILDFORD The Keep
02 Feb – LEWES Union Music Store (1pm) *
02 Feb – BEXHILL-ON-SEA Music’s Not Dead (3:30pm) *
02 Feb – OXFORD Jericho (with Asleep At The Wheel)

free in-store

03 Feb – DURHAM Old Cinema Launderette
04 Feb – YORK Basement
05 Feb – HULL Adelphi
06 Feb – MANCHESTER The Castle
08 Feb – GLASGOW The Hug and Pint
09 Feb – NEWCASTLE Live Theatre