There are always going to be artists destined to fly under the radar, though there are also many who seem content doing just that. Local-by-way-of-North Carolina artist Barton Carroll seems to fit into the latter category (though perhaps he harbors world domination fantasies to which I remain oblivious).
He's put out a couple of quietly engaging solo records (his other gig is playing upright bass in Eric Bachman's Crooked Fingers), and "Those Days Are Gone" from the last one (The Lost One, Skybucket Records) has always stuck with me. Maybe I just like the old-fashioned, Cat Stevens-channeling format (a letter to an old friend, lamenting the unexpected failures of his life since they last were in touch), or maybe it's just one of those beautifully unvarnished songs that seems to move most people that hear it (I always get at least one email or phone call whenever I play it on KEXP).
I was pleasantly surprised this morning to discover he's made a video for it: