Hayes Carll

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Hayes Carll
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Background information
Birth nameJoshua Hayes Carll
Born (1976-01-09) January 9, 1976 (age 42)
OriginHouston, Texas
GenresCountry, folk[1]
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
LabelsLost Highway Records, Compadre Records, Highway 87 Records
Associated actsRay Wylie Hubbard, Guy Clark, Corb Lund
WebsiteHayes Carll.com

Joshua Hayes Carll (born January 9, 1976),[2] known professionally as Hayes Carll, is a singer-songwriter. A native of The Woodlands[3], Texas, his style of roots-oriented songwriting has been noted for its plainspoken poetry and sarcastic humor.


After releasing his debut album, Flowers & Liquor, in 2002, Carll was voted Best New Act by the Houston Press.[4] Since then he's been compared to other Texas songwriters, including Townes Van Zandt, who he said "ruined me and saved me at the same time,".[5] He released his second album, Little Rock, in 2004. Produced by R.S. Field, Little Rock was the first self-released album to reach #1 on the Americana Chart. Carll signed with Lost Highway records in 2006 and released his next album, Trouble in Mind, in 2008. It was ranked #60 of the year by The Village Voice.[6] "She Left Me For Jesus," which appeared on Trouble in Mind, was the Americana Music Association Song of the Year 2008.[citation needed] Four songs by Carll appeared in the 2010 film Country Strong, three of which also appeared on the film's second soundtrack album, Country Strong: More Music from the Motion Picture.

KMAG YOYO & Other American Stories was released in 2011. KMAG YOYO is military slang for "Kiss my ass, guys, you're on your own."[1] It received a nomination for Best Album by the Americana Music Association in 2011, and Spin voted it #3 in the category of "Best Country/Americana".[citation needed] American Songwriter voted the song "Another Like You" the #1 song of 2011,[7] and the album #6.[8] Rolling Stone ranked "KMAG YOYO" at #46 of best singles of 2011,[citation needed] and the album #47 on their list of "50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own."[9] After KMAG's success, Carll left Lost Highway Records.[10] In 2015 he went into the studio with producer Joe Henry to record Lovers and Leavers then released the album in April 2016 on his own Highway 87 Records to great critical acclaim.

Carll was nominated for a Grammy Awards in 2016 Best Country Song for "Chances Are."[11]



Title Date Label Peak chart position (U.S.)
Country Pop Folk Rock Heat Indie
Flowers & Liquor June 11, 2002 Compadre Records
Little Rock March 8, 2005 Highway 87 Records
Trouble in Mind April 8, 2008 Lost Highway Records 11
KMAG YOYO February 15, 2011 Lost Highway Records 12 67 17
Lovers and Leavers[12] April 8, 2016 Highway 87 Records 105 4 14 9
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director Producer
2008 "Crystal Beach Memories"[13] Collection Agency Films Collection Agency Films
2008 "She Left Me For Jesus"[14] Collection Agency Films Collection Agency Films
2011 "Another Like You" (ft. Cary Ann Hurst)[15] David Willis David Willis
2013 "Bible on the Dash" (with Corb Lund)[16] Blake Judd New West Records
2016 "The Magic Kid"[17] The Holden Brothers Michael Lancaster

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Nomination for Best Country Song, 2016 (for "Chances Are" // Recorded by Lee Ann Wommack)

Austin Music Awards[18]

  • Musician of the Year (2017)
  • Album of the Year (2017)
  • Song of the Year (2017)
  • Songwriter of the Year (2017)
  • Best Male Vocals (2017)
  • Album Art (2017)
  • Best Folk Performer (2017)

Americana Music Awards[19]

  • Artist of the Year Nomination (2012)
  • Song of the Year Nomination for KMAG-YOYO (2011)
  • Artist of the Year Nomination (2011)
  • Song of the Year Nomination for Drunken Poets Dream (2010)
  • Emerging Artist of the Year Winner (2010)


  1. ^ a b Sullivan, James (2 July 2015). "Singer-songwriter Hayes Carll slows down for current tour". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  2. ^ Family Tree Legends Joshua Hayes Carll
  3. ^ https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/article/Woodlands-man-signed-by-Lost-Highway-Records-9579768.php
  4. ^ "Hot Tunes, Summer in the City Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002". Houston Press. 18 July 2002.
  5. ^ Atkinson, Brian T. (2011). I'll Be Here in the Morning: The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt. Texas A&M University Press. p. xvi. ISBN 9781603445276.
  6. ^ "Pazz + Jop Albums 2008". The Village Voice. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  7. ^ "American Songwriter's Top 50 Songs Of 2011". American Songwriter. 13 December 2011. p. 6. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  8. ^ "American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums Of 2011". American Songwriter. 29 November 2011. p. 6. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Hayes Carll, 'KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories)' (2011) - 50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own". Rolling Stone. 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  10. ^ Varias, Chris (23 June 2015). "Hayes Carll: Next album should be more intimate". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  11. ^ Twitter, Jewly Hight. "Songs We Love: Hayes Carll, 'The Love That We Need'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-02-22.
  12. ^ Moss, Marissa R. (January 25, 2016). "Hear Hayes Carll's Plaintive 'The Love That We Need'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 25, 2016.
  13. ^ Hayes Carll (2008-04-04), Hayes Carll - "Crystal Beach Memories" Animated Short, retrieved 2017-02-25
  14. ^ HayesCarllVEVO (2009-12-19), Hayes Carll - She Left Me For Jesus, retrieved 2017-02-25
  15. ^ HayesCarllVEVO (2011-06-06), Hayes Carll - Another Like You ft. Cary Ann Hearst, retrieved 2017-02-25
  16. ^ "CMT: Videos : Corb Lund : Bible on the Dash". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  17. ^ Hayes Carll (2016-04-20), "The Magic Kid" // Hayes Carll // Official Music Video, retrieved 2017-02-25
  18. ^ "Austin Music Awards - 2016-2017 - Best of the Year - The Austin Chronicle". www.austinchronicle.com. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  19. ^ "Americana Music Honors & Awards", Wikipedia, 2018-09-13, retrieved 2018-09-25

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Darrell Scott
AMA Song of the Year (Songwriter)
with Brian Keane
Succeeded by
Julie Miller