"The snarky slacker with a heart of pure Kerouac"
Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, this modern-day Texan completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. “Another Like You,” Carll’s polar-opposites attraction duet, was American Songwriter’s #1 Song of 2011. But more important 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 Ray Wylie Hubband’s lean freewheeling squalor with Todd Snider’s brazen Gen Y reality and a healthy dose of love among unhealthy people. “I guess you could say I write degenerate love songs,” Hayes says. “That, and songs about people who’re wedged between not much and even less; people who see how hopeless it is and somehow make it work anyway. “And the best kind of irony, sometimes, is applying no irony and letting reality do the work.” Maybe it’s the influences—Kerouac, Dylan, Guy Clark, John Prine, Hubbard ... maybe it’s the fact that somebody has to say something ... maybe it’s just the fact that some people are born to play. But for whatever reason, a decade into his recording career, Hayes Carll shows no signs of having arrived at his creative apex. Hayes has been writing up a storm—his "Chances Are" for Lee Ann Womack was named one of NPR's Best Songs of 2014—so this show should bring some much-awaited new Hayes Carll material. Heather Maloney is tonight's opener!