Live Video: Hayes Carll

photo by Jill Rachel

35-year-old Hayes Carll has gone from playing songs at local bars to appearing at the 2010 Austin City Limits festival, all on the back of his sturdy, folk-influenced country. Never wavering from the music that calls his name, Carll endured the pains of trying to make it in the Austin music scene before returning home to The Woodlands. Soon after, he was signed to Compadre Records, which released his 2002 debut, Flowers and Liquor, to critical acclaim. Carll has since drawn comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, and Kris Kristofferson, combining ragged, down & dirty tunes with autobiographical lyrics about solitude and alcoholism. While usually joined by a full band, Carll stopped by KEXP’s Swinging Doors with Don Slack, for an intimate, stripped-down set of songs from his new album, KMAG YOYO.

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