August 17, 2018, 8:00 pm at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX
Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, he is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and smallminded thinking. Carll connects with music lovers across genres lines. Playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE, he and his band merge a truculent singer/songwriter take that combines Ray Wylie Hubband's lean freewheeling squalor with Todd Snider's brazen Gen Y reality and a healthy dose of love amongst unhealthy people. After releasing Flowers & Liquor in 2002, Carll was voted the Best New Artist of 2002 by The Houston Post. He would go on to release Little Rock on his own Highway 87 label, which became the first self-owned project to the top the Americana charts. Each album expands on his already extreme vintage country, extreme thumping bad road boogie, extreme heartbroken ache - and finds new ways to take on the fate of the nation. Whether it's the GI protagonist in the propulsive title track of KMAG YOYO, the train wreck objet d'amour of "Drunken Poet's Dream," also recorded by Hubbard, the road warrior of both "I Got A Gig" and "Little Rock" or the stoner liberal and the uptight Republican vixen of "Another Like You," Carll paints vivid pictures of humanity as it really is. Thickheaded. Avaricious. Squalid. Hungry. Angry. Getting by.