Live performances have proven to be one of Hayes Carll’s biggest strengths, inviting fans into his world with clever anecdotes, genuine sincerity and self-deprecating humor. Carll has an uncanny ability to relate to audience members by singing to them as if they are old-friends getting together on a summer evening, and his Austin City Limits performance promises to be no different.
Carll delivers songs born of baptism-by-fire experience, world-weary observations, and sharp wit. His confidence and charisma are second only to the quality of his songwriting. While his songs draw from Texas songwriting heroes such as Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Carll has crafted his sound into something that is truly his own.
In 2008, Carll released the album Trouble In Mind, showcasing a collection of songs that blend some of the finest elements of folk, country, and rock with brainy, quirky lyrics. On this album, Carll navigates his way through both stormy weather and calm, sun-drenched waters with ease, emerging with songs that melt even the hardest heart in town or stir up a rowdy roadhouse. Mojo declares that the tone of Trouble In Mind “is spot-on and the songs have just the right amount of heft, humor, and humanity.”
In the two years since the release, Carll has toured non-stop, both with and without his band. Carll won Song of the Year at the 7th Annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards for his satirical “She Left Me For Jesus”. Carll’s patience and hard work paid off when Trouble In Mind became the number one R&R Americana Album of 2008.