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Hayes Carll is probably the pre-eminent thinking-man's Texas musician of his generation. He's rowdy and rockin' enough to impress the ballcap-clad yee-hawers, but thoughtful and witty enough to impress mentors (and now co-writers) Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard.
On this trip through town, the singer-songwriter from The Woodlands comes armed with a new batch of songs from KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories), due out on Lost Highway in February as the follow-up to 2008's wildly acclaimed Trouble in Mind. The title is a military abbreviation of the phrase "Kiss my ass guys, you're on your own."
On the new disc, Carll takes peeks at the war in Afghanistan and looks inside the Great Recession too. Still present, as should be expected at this point, are a few of his signature "degenerate love songs," as seen on new cuts such as "Bye Bye Baby," "Chances Are" and "Grand Parade." Meanwhile, "Another Like You" finds Carll talking politics (sexual and otherwise) with Cary Ann Hearst.
Hearst joins Carll on this bill, along with second-generation Nashville export Bobby Bare Jr.