Carolina Dreams, released in 1977, was The Marshall Tucker Band's sixth album and an ode to the band's home state, South Carolina, USA. Focusing on Western themes, it spawned their biggest hit to date, "Heard It In a Love Song", which rose to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, taking the album with it to #22 and #23 on the Country and Pop charts, respectively. They toured early that year to promote the album.[1] A bonus live version of "Silverado" appears on the 2005 reissue which was recorded the year after the death of bassist and founding member, Tommy Caldwell.[2]

Carolina Dreams
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1977
Recorded1976, Capricorn Studios, Macon, Georgia
GenreSouthern rock, country rock
Length37:18 (2005 reissue 41:46)
ProducerPaul Hornsby
The Marshall Tucker Band chronology
Long Hard Ride
Carolina Dreams
Together Forever
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Track listingEdit

All songs written by Toy Caldwell except where noted.[3]

  1. "Fly Like an Eagle" - 3:03
  2. "Heard It in a Love Song" - 4:55
  3. "I Should Have Never Started Lovin' You" (Toy Caldwell, Doug Gray, George McCorkle) - 7:10
  4. "Life in a Song" (Jerry Eubanks, McCorkle) - 3:33
  5. "Desert Skies" - 6:24
  6. "Never Trust A Stranger" (Tommy Caldwell) - 5:28
  7. "Tell It To The Devil" - 6:45

2004 CD reissue bonus trackEdit

"Silverado" (George McCorkle) - (recorded live 1981 Winter Garden Theater - Dallas Texas)



Guest musicians:

  • Paul Hornsby - Piano and organ
  • Charlie Daniels - Fiddle and harmony vocal on "Desert Skies". (Charlie Daniels appears courtesy of Epic Records)
  • Chuck Leavell - Piano on "Life In A Song"
  • Jaimoe - Congas
  • Leo LaBranche - Horn section arrangements and trumpet on "Life In A Song" and "I Should Have Never Started Lovin' You"
  • Dezso Lakatos - Tenor sax as part of the horn section.


  • Producer: Paul Hornsby
  • Recording Engineer: Kurt Kinzel, Richard Schoff, David Pinkston
  • Art Direction: Diana Kaylan
  • Photography: David Alexander
  • Handlettering: Bill Franks


  1. ^ "Marshall Tucker Band Carolina Dreams Tour 1977". Jambands. February 9, 2008.
  2. ^ "The Marshall Tucker Band - Carolina Dreams 8-track tape". Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  3. ^ "The Marshall Tucker Band Carolina Dreams". Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  4. ^ "The Marshall Tucker Band Carolina Dreams". Retrieved 8 March 2013.