By Lesli Nolen
Published August 2011
Recently I attended an event where the entertainment was provided by a band called The Tone Pirates. I had heard the name before, but had no idea what kind of band they were, nor did I know who the members were. To my surprise, when I arrived at the event I saw a few old friends—Dan Carroll, Norris McCarty and Paul Schroeder—all whom I have known for some time. I have heard McCarty and Schroeder play before and knew they had a band but had no idea they were part of the The Tone Pirates. I had also known Carroll back in the restaurant business, but again had no idea he could play or sing. So there I was, in awe, looking at my friends all on stage together making some mean music.
After listening to them for a while I realized there isn’t much they couldn’t play. They lit up the stage with a little bit of Texas Country, Southern Rock, Outlaw Country, Blues, Seger, Clapton, ZZ, Hag, Cash, Pat Green, Elvis and their own original songs.
Like many good things, The Tone Pirates came about by seemingly coincidental circumstances. When a friend asked Dan to play a birthday party in 2009, he threw together what was intended as a one-time ensemble.