Kmag Yoyo (& Other American Stories)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
If it weren't already apparent that the Texas singer/songwriter archetype had become an established subgenre of country music, a listen to Hayes Carll's fourth album, KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) ought to confirm it. Carll, a 34-year-old Texas native, plays in honky tonk, country-rock, and country-folk styles so familiar that it's often possible to sing older songs to the music he and his band perform, whether it's the Hank Williams-style "Hard Out Here" or the title song (a military acronym for "Kiss My Ass Guys, You're on Your Own"), set to the tune and headlong tempo of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." Of course, Carll sings in a wheezy country...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
If it weren't already apparent that the Texas singer/songwriter archetype had become an established subgenre of country music, a listen to Hayes Carll's fourth album, KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) ought to confirm it. Carll, a 34-year-old Texas native, plays in honky tonk, country-rock, and country-folk styles so familiar that it's often possible to sing older songs to the music he and his band perform, whether it's the Hank Williams-style "Hard Out Here" or the title song (a military acronym for "Kiss My Ass Guys, You're on Your Own"), set to the tune and headlong tempo of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues." Of course, Carll sings in a wheezy country twang, and his lyrics suggest the barstool wit of an engaging loser. Since he has no interest in doing anything new or different with the musical style, the question is, how well does he function within the tradition of, say, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt and Jerry Jeff Walker? And the answer is, often quite well. "KMAG YOYO" itself is sung in the voice of a contemporary teenage G.I. trying to make his way through the Afghanistan morass any way he can; "Another Like You," a duet with Cary Ann Hearst, finds clever ways to set up an opposites-attract one-night stand; "Bottle in My Hand" hauls in a couple of Carll's peers in Corb Lund and Todd Snider to further investigate honky tonk issues; and "Grateful for Christmas" is an affectionate and amusing spoken word take on a family holiday gathering. These are the album's best songs, but the rest are good, too, and the whole is a worthy addition to the ever-growing catalog of sly Texas country-rock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2011
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602527579054
  • Catalog Number: 001513602
  • Sales rank: 13,303

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stomp and Holler (3:07)
  2. 2 Hard Out Here (3:32)
  3. 3 Chances Are (3:51)
  4. 4 Grand Parade (3:12)
  5. 5 Kmag Yoyo (4:19)
  6. 6 Another Like You (3:19)
  7. 7 The Letter (3:24)
  8. 8 Bye Bye Baby (3:18)
  9. 9 The Lovin' Cup (3:56)
  10. 10 Bottle In My Hand (2:58)
  11. 11 Grateful For Christmas (3:54)
  12. 12 Hide Me (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hayes Carll Primary Artist
Todd Snider Vocals, Guest Appearance
Brad Jones Piano, Standup Bass
James Nixon Background Vocals
Kenny Smith Percussion, Drums
John Evans Harmony
Corb Lund Vocals, Guest Appearance
Bonnie Whitmore Harmony
Cary Ann Hearst Vocals
Ricky Ray Jackson Banjo, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar
Matt Mollica Piano
John Michael Schoepf Bass, Guitar (Tenor)
Scott Davis Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guitar (Baritone)
Technical Credits
Richard Dodd Mastering
Brad Jones Producer
Stuart Sullivan Engineer
John Evans Composer
Hayes Carll Composer
John Ross Silva Engineer
Scott Davis Composer, Producer
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