Singer-songwriter Hayes Carll's Houston, Texas, roots are unmistakably manifest in his sound, which blends rootsy country with contemporary folk, and powerful, poetic themes with oftentimes wry lyrics. Carll's influences also span the plainspoken spunk of Bob Dylan, the mellifluous tenor of Kris Kristofferson and the counterculture narrative of the Beat poets. His live shows draw from an acclaimed catalog of five studio albums and a series of stand-out singles, among them "She Left Me For Jesus," "Another Like You" and "The Love That We Need."
Hayes Carll's background
Hayes Carll's 2002 debut Flowers & Liquor was immediately well-received by critics, but it was fourth studio album, KMAG YOYO, that has proven to be his biggest commercial success to date.
Among the Texas troubadour's live performance repertoire are appearances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, the Americana Music Festival and South by Southwest. Carll has also toured across the United States and Europe in support of his albums.
Hayes Carll's noteworthy awards
Critical recognition came early in Hayes Carll's career, with The Houston Post calling him the Best New Artist of 2002. Further acclaim followed when "She Left Me For Jesus" won the Americana Music Association award for Song of the Year in 2008, and when American Songwriter magazine named the 2011 single "Another Like You" the No. 1 Song of the Year. Also in 2011, Carll was nominated for Artist of the Year at the Americana Awards; his song "KMAG YOYO" came in at No. 46 on Rolling Stone's Best Single of 2011 list; and the album of the same name made the magazine's list of "50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own."
KMAG YOYO also won the Best Album award from the Americana Music Association, was voted No. 3 in Best Country/Americana by Spin magazine and the No. 6 Album of the Year by American Songwriter magazine. At the 2016 Grammy Awards, Carll was nominated for Best Country Song as the writer of "Chances Are," which also garnered Lee Ann Womack a nomination for Best Country Solo Performance.