Wildly literate, scrappy music from Austin’s 2017 Musician of the Year
Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. In a world of shallow and shallower, where it’s all groove and gloss, that might seem like a hopeless proposition. Last year, Hayes was chosen as Austin Musician of the Year, Best Folk Performer, Best Male Vocals and Best Songwriter. The Austin Music Awards went on to choose "Lovers and Leavers" Album of the Year and “Sake of the Song” as its Song of the Year. More importantly than the critical acclaim is the way Hayes connects with music lovers across genre lines. Playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE, he and his band, the Gulf Coast Orchestra, merge a truculent singer/songwriter take that combines Ray Wylie Hubbard’s lean, freewheeling squalor with Todd Snider’s brazen Gen Y reality. All the accolades, all the facts and all the stats are awesome, but they don’t tell the whole story. Fiercely individual, Hayes' banged-up take on classic country is honed by the road always taking in the vistas and humanity before him. Hayes paints vivid pictures of humanity as it really is. Thick-headed. Avaricious. Squalid. Hungry. Angry. Getting by.
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