Hailing from Texas, the singer-songwriter first picked up a guitar at
the age of 15. He followed a common route, college and then singing on the side,
moving around Texas in search of success. But his music is anything but common.
He eventually returned to Houston, his hometown,and began to develop a following. That's
where he released his first album, 2002's "Flowers Liquor", which became an immediate hit
with critics and fans alike.
Almost a decade later, Carll has racked up a list of achievements, written three more
full-lengths, and spent a good deal of time on the road, honing his craft and receiving
inspiration. First off, his second release, though courted by record companies, was on his
own label, and became the first self-released Americana album to top the charts. Carll has
been named best folk and best new artist by the Houston Press, he's written music with
Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard, and he's largely recognized as a lead man in a resurgence
of Texas artists greatly influenced by Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan.
Carll's latest release is the miliatry acronymic KMAG YOYO, standing for Kiss My A** Guys,
You’re on Your Own. It's storied by personal, full of songs with rich military characters
and influences. The album was largely inspired and created on the road, using riffs created
on stage. As Carll puts it on his website, "I wanted to challenge myself musically, and
see if I could capture that live dynamic. A lot of the songs came with the music first,
with the music calling the lyrics.” The resulting album has been described as full of "fiery rock, twangy country, pensive folk and even a touch of gospel".
Hayes Carll / HIDE ME / KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)
Hayes Carll/ THE LETTER / KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)
Recent Release: KMAG YOYO
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Label: Lost Highway Records
Band Origin: Houston, Texas