The Man: Hayes Carll is a Folk artist from the heart of the Lone Star State who, despite never really developing a name for himself in the state capital, honed his chops in Austin’s thriving music scene before moving back home to The Woodlands where he caught the eye of a major Blue Grass and Americana label, Sugar Hill Records…and then turned down their offer.
With an petite for such vices as Tennessee sippin’ whiskey, beautiful women (preferably unclothed), and heavy doses of mescaline, Carll is anything but your archetypal country musician, drawing major influence from the likes of Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, the 1989 Robin Williams drama Dead Poets Society, and Lou Reed.
The Music: Maintaining his creative and artistic independence has payed off for Carll as he garnered critical acclaim for his 2008 release, Trouble In Time, a beautifully rustic collection of Americana tunes about hazy peyote filled fairy-tales, long nights of drinking followed by even longer mornings, and melodious love songs about freckled nosed girls with pencils in their pockets and ketchup on their clothes.
However, the most intriguing track on this record might be the one where Carll tries to pick a fist fight with Jesus Christ because the lord and savior of the Christian universe stole the his girlfriend. Yes, it is true, even a divine being can use a good ass kicking every once in a while.
Yesterday, Carll released a followup to that record by the name of KMAG YOYO (And Other American Stories) and comparatively his latest release sounds more upbeat, with a few numbers that could fall under the genre of Rockabilly, and an electrified title track that resembles Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” except Carll swapped out Vietnam for the Iraq War.
(Carll is the boom mic operator)