Building On The Texas Tradition

by | Mar 16, 2008

I’m glad I got to see Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll in Austin this week.


Carll went to high school in The Woodlands with my cousins, so I’ve been hearing about him and now I know why. Critics have likened him to Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. That’s a tough billing to live up to, and having seen him perform but once, I’m not ready to make those lofty comparisons. However, I am ready to say he’s got a good sense of humor and a gift for lyrical storytelling. I also like how he mixes ballads with barroom rockers.

Trouble In Mind, Carll’s major label debut on Lost Highway comes out Tuesday, April 8th.

[MP3 Offering] “I Got A Gig” by Hayes Carll (from the new album, courtesy of songs:illinois)