Jason Michael Carroll, hunky singer of the hit song “Alyssa Lies,” is finding that an exclusive new music deal with Cracker Barrel isn’t quite living up to his expectations. Although new single “Numbers” has been released to iTunes and radio with a new album of the same name on the way, some of the small print in Carroll’s contract has caught him by surprise.
“They’ve got me working inventory in the country store,” Carroll told FNN. “I used to work as a server here, but I had no idea they’d pull me back in.”
After signing his agreement with Cracker Barrel, Jason received a call a couple days later from Percy Priest Drive Cracker Barrel Manager Harvey Lumpkin asking if he’d like to come in and discuss his work schedule. He thought that was odd, but he cancelled a writing appointment and went in. Lumpkin presented Carroll with a mandatory 25-hour weekly schedule for stocking and maintaining the country store at the Nashville location.
“I now know more than I ever wanted to about rock candy, root beer and cream soda-flavored candy sticks and nougat bark than I ever wanted to,” said Jason. “Who knew they’d have me in a Cracker Barrel smock counting out cherry-filled chocolates two weeks after signing a six-figure deal?”
Jason’s other responsibilities include replacing batteries in the “critter chasing a ball” display toy, folding women’s applique chicken sweatshirts and dusting choo-choo train windchimes. Since he’s on salary, his only bonus funds coming based on single and album sales figures, he doesn’t draw a weekly paycheck. “I do get a 20% discount on rocking chairs and huge-ass checker boards, and 10% on food, so I guess that’s pretty cool,” said the singer.
Cracker Barrel has also booked Carroll to perform at several newer branches of the popular home-cooked food restaurant and gift shop. “I had to play on the hearth of that little fireplace that’s always got a fire crackling in it… I was sweating like Kellie Pickler playing one of those little golf tee games,” related Jason.
“Oh, they also want me to say that my Numbers album is only $5.99 with two orders of their hand-battered steak and buttermilk biscuit meal,” Jason told us. “So eat up!”