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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The Americana singer/songwriter rises from the Stephen King approved indie ranks to the major-label sweepstakes on his third release, and first for Lost Highway. It's a strong if characteristic collection of rugged country folk-rock sung with Hayes Carll's Texas drawl, that seems to be somewhat exaggerated so that we know he's from the land of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, and Guy Clark, some obvious influences that snake through these 14 tracks. He's been there and done that, struggling through years of the hard living that informs tunes such as the humorous take on his trying times detailed in the self-explanatory "I Got a Gig." The usual suspect topics of heavy ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The Americana singer/songwriter rises from the Stephen King approved indie ranks to the major-label sweepstakes on his third release, and first for Lost Highway. It's a strong if characteristic collection of rugged country folk-rock sung with Hayes Carll's Texas drawl, that seems to be somewhat exaggerated so that we know he's from the land of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, and Guy Clark, some obvious influences that snake through these 14 tracks. He's been there and done that, struggling through years of the hard living that informs tunes such as the humorous take on his trying times detailed in the self-explanatory "I Got a Gig." The usual suspect topics of heavy drinking, bad wimmen, hell raisin', misplaced love and life along the lost highway dominate the lyrics, and even though Carll isn't exploring these well-worn subjects in particularly new ways, his melodies, words, and especially his professional backing are strong enough to put them over in tunes that aren't as clichéd as the topics covered. He also has a wry, dry sense of humor, best exemplified in "She Left Me for Jesus" "She left me for Jesus," and that just ain't fair, she says that 'he's perfect.' How could I compare". Carll is clearly a Tom Waits fan; he sings Waits' "I Don't Want to Grow Up" with an effective amount of irony already built into the tune. "Bad Liver and a Broken Heart" interestingly not the Waits tune is another cover, this one from Canadian Scott Nolan, given a peppy, rocking, Stones styled makeover that epitomizes the album's areas of emphasis. Carll is occasionally too cutesy for his own good as on "Girl Downtown," a singsongy tale with a simplistic melody that trips over its own sardonic intentions. Multi-instrumentalist/producer Brad Jones frames these tunes with terrific backing musicians highlighted by veteran Al Perkins' always inventive pedal steel. It all sounds great; full when it needs to be but sparse enough to shake off any concerns previous fans of Carll's indie releases might have about a major-label sellout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 602517544635
  • Catalog Number: 001045202
  • Sales rank: 15,379

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hayes Carll Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Dan Baird Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
George Bradfute Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Pat Buchanan Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Electric Guitar
John Gardner Percussion, Drums
Brad Jones Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Vibes
Robert Kearns Vocal Harmony
Darrell Scott Slide Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Brad Fordham Bass
Lisa Pankratz Drums
Chris Carmichael Violin
Fats Kaplin Dobro, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Violin, Lap Steel Guitar
Will Kimbrough Banjo, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Thad Cockrell Vocal Harmony
Carl Broemel Electric Guitar
Carey Kotsionis Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Brian Keane Composer
Tom Waits Composer
Ray Wylie Hubbard Composer
Mark Addison Engineer
Kathleen Brennan Composer
Richard Dodd Mastering
Brad Jones Producer, Engineer
Darrell Scott Composer
Hayes Carll Composer
José Luis González Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    buy it! try it!

    Fascinating to see that both here and on Amazon people, who liked Hayes Carll also like Tom Petty's retro band Mudcrutch. I really don't like country music though every time I play this guy, people call it country. I'm more of a Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan kind of person. If you like WFUV's "Fordham University public radio" City Folk, this fella is for you. I like "Trouble in Mind" but I *love* his older stuff "Little Rock" and "Flowers & Liquor" Give it a try - it's a discount price for something you'll play a lot. NB- he does a helluva concert if you get the chance. Good songwriting with Dylan-esque twists of phrase but he also has a knack for doing covers better than the original artists eg Tom Waits, Greg Brown, Bill Morrissey, Scott Nolan

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