Fans connect with Adam Carroll because of his down-home style. The 37-year-old Austin resident makes music palatable because he speaks from his soul. He said he draws inspiration about day-to-day life and from stories he hears from others. "Sometimes what they say sounds like a song," he said in a phone interview with the Victoria Advocate last week.

Music enthusiasts will have the chance to walk on the musical journey with the Tyler native at the Shiner Summer Songwriters Series on Sunday at Howard's Convenience store in Shiner. Bill Pekar & the Rainey Brothers will kickoff the event and Carroll will serve as the headliner.

The third-generation musician wrote one of his favorite selections, "Errol's Song," about one of his father's friends who lived in Lake Arthur, La. Errol Lounsberry, who is now deceased, was a father, hunter and a farmer, but with Carroll's clever way with words one can understand that Lounsberry was a hard worker who never knew a stranger. "That song is close to my heart," Carroll said. His vivid setting description creates images in one's mind with words such as "There's coffee and biscuits on the stove in the kitchen, There's a crack in the ceiling and a screened-in front door."

Carroll began his 14-year professional career performing at open mics, and developed his fan base by playing at as many venues as he could. "I just wanted to get my name out there," he said. The independent artist keeps crowds entertained with the guitar, harmonica, piano and accordion. Carroll also has a fan base outside the area. The Texas-based musician has also toured in Europe and Canada. His sound has been compared to Townes Van Zandt, Todd Snider, John Prine and Bob Dylan. However, through his own merits he's release seven CDs and received critical acclaim for the Grammy-nominated film soundtrack "Country Song." His records have been produced by Grammy-award winning Lloyd Maines, the father of Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines. Carroll said he has developed a deep respect for Lloyd Maines professionally and personally. "He's good to be around, I'm lucky to know him," Carroll said.

The concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, with Adam Carroll to start at 6 p.m at Howard's, 1701 N. Ave. E, in Shiner. Admission is free. For more info call 361-594-4200.