Hayes Carll – Tickets – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD – May 14th, 2014

Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll

Caroline Rose

Wed, May 14, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Rams Head On Stage

Annapolis, MD

$22.50

This event is 21 and over

Hayes Carll
Hayes Carll
Failure has always been a favorite topic of Texas troubadour Hayes Carll. Much of the songwriting catalog he's built up over the last dozen-plus years revolves around dashed dreams, doomed romance and drunken predicaments. Very often, though, he's leavened the losing with cleverly deployed gallows humor, self-deprecation and yarn spinning, linking his work to his native state's tradition of wryly winning musical wit, a writing trait he shares with Guy Clark, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett and even Miranda Lambert. Some of Carll's most beloved hits — to the extent that there is such a thing in the singer-songwriter and Americana scenes that he straddles — features situational humor and hooky punch lines delivered over shambling, down-home grooves in a fractured twang that plays up a badly sprained ego.

There was the honky-tonk lament of a newly minted Jesus freak's jealous husband ("She Left Me For Jesus"), the fumbling flirtation of bar flies with diametrically opposed political convictions ("Another Like You"), and the talking-blues ballad of a hapless young soldier recruited by the Pentagon for a special mission ("KMAG YOYO"), among many other droll crowd-pleasers. While Carll has delved into unchecked melancholy on occasion — his eloquently self-pitying weeper "Chances Are" inspired a Lee Ann Womack cover — he's been fairly quiet about his pensive side, until now. Carll's first album in half a decade, the Joe Henry-produced Lovers and Leavers, strikes a heavier tone. The press release accompanying the new music includes his preemptive warning that it "isn't funny or raucous," that "[t]here are very few hoots and almost no hollers." The guy's not kidding. "The Love That We Need," written with Jack Ingram and Allison Moorer, sets the tone. Accompanied by fingerpicked guitar figures, soft chord changes on piano and bass, and the muffled rustling of percussion, it feels like a glimpse into an excruciatingly intimate conversation that's been put off as long as possible, a sighing surrender to the atrophying connection between partners. Carll's deftly plainspoken verses and deflated phrasing perfectly captures the numbing effects of being swept along by the level rhythms of habit. "You say, 'I love you,'" he offers. "I say, 'Me too.' We don't think much about it. It's just a thing that we do." Depicting failure of such a private, ordinary variety, without any colorful exaggeration or comic relief, is an exacting art. Turns out Carll's excellent at it.
Caroline Rose
Caroline Rose
"…Each track seems to tackle a new topic and make even the most familiar themes feel fresh." – Paste Magazine

Half my family's from the North and half from the South, and you can hear both those influences in pretty much all my songs. Jer says it's Northern grit mixed with Southern charm. Don't know how true that is...

Last year the two of us made a grassroots record called "America Religious" that I wrote while traveling around the country, which I like to do whenever I get the chance, which is a lot. Once I got tired of my car, a '75 MGB named Tom Collins, breaking down (which was a lot), Jer and I started touring together and haven't had a second to rest. I like to think "America Religious" is a series of stories that reflects all the travels I've made and people I've met and people I like to think I've met. It's a bluejean rock-meets-gospel-meets-blues-meets-alternative record on which both Jer and I played nearly all the parts, co-produced, co-mixed, and co-engineered at his very own Parkhill Studio in the heart of the Green Mountain State.

All the songs are my songs, so to answer your question––no––none of them are covers.

"Caroline Rose's lyrical honesty, vivid imagery and songwriting prowess are obvious to the ears upon first listen of her debut album "America Religious". Her new single puts you in the front seat riding shotgun on a very real adventure that can't be explained quite yet." – Ari Fink, Program Director, SiriusXM

"AMAZING…Delivery is uncanny––It sounds like she's been smokin' Camels and drinkin' Jack for 40 years." – David Dalton, Founding Editor of Rolling Stone and author of "Who is That Man? In Search of the Real Bob Dylan"
Venue Information:
Rams Head On Stage
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401
http://www.ramsheadonstage.com/

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