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Hayes Carll



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“A wry Texas troubadour with a knack for crooked grace and a clever turn of phrase” (New York Times), singer/songwriter Hayes Carll returns for his second appearance on Austin City Limits. He performs songs from his newest release Lovers and Leavers, which Paste calls “the finest work of his career.”

Carll first graced the ACL stage in Season 36 in 2010, performing songs from his first three releases. Since that time, his 2011 KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) received overwhelming critical priase with Spin including him in their “The Next Big Things: 11 Artists You Must Hear in 2011,” calling him a “silver-tongue-in-cheek country iconoclast.”

Since that release, Carll has experienced a great deal of personal change. He went through a divorce, found new love and continued touring and working on songs that are personal, emotional and confessional. For 2016’s Lovers and Leavers, Carll focused on the songs. “I didn’t worry about checking boxes, making sure there was something here for everybody, or getting on the radio. I just took some much-needed deep breaths and let them out on tape.”

The “hoots and hollers” that become Carll’s hallmark are stripped away in Lovers and Leavers and you are left with what Rolling Stone calls the theme of the album: “a roadmap to love.” Lonestar Music Magazine writes that the album “perfectly captures the phases and stages of falling apart, facing the truth, falling in love and facing the fear and finding one’s heart in the process.”



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