Hayes Carll

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Hayes Carll
Hayes Carll.jpg
Carll at a festival in Cambridge, England August, 2009 Photo: Sean Rowe
Background information
Birth name Joshua Hayes Carll
Born (1976-01-09) January 9, 1976 (age 41)
Origin The Woodlands, Texas
Genres Country, folk[1]
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels Lost Highway Records, Compadre Records, Highway 87 Records
Associated acts Ray Wylie Hubbard, Guy Clark, Corb Lund
Website Hayes Carll.com

Joshua Hayes Carll (born January 9, 1976),[2] known professionally as Hayes Carll, is a singer-songwriter. A native of the Woodlands, Texas, his style of roots-oriented songwriting has been noted for its plainspoken poetry and sarcastic humor. He was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Country Song, and American Songwriter awarded him with Song of the Year for “Another Like You” in 2011, the same year he was nominated for Artist of the Year at the Americana Awards.


After releasing his debut album, Flowers & Liquor (2002), Carll was voted the Best New Act of 2002 by the Houston Press,.[3] 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,"[4]) and Jerry Jeff Walker.[5] His 2008 album Trouble in Mind (2008) was ranked #60 by The Village Voice,[6] and the single "She Left Me for Jesus" was the #36 "Top Singles of 2008" for The Village Voice[7] and 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.

His biggest commercial and artistic success to date[8] is his fourth album, KMAG YOYO & Other American Stories (2011). (The acronym in the title is military slang for "Kiss my ass, guys, you're on your own.")[1] The Americana Music Association voted it the best album of 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,[9] and the album #6.[10] 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."[11] After KMAG's success, Carll left Lost Highway Records and divorced his wife.[8] In 2015 he went into the studio with producer Joe Henry and emerged with a new album entitled Lovers and Leavers, released in April 2016.[12]

Carll covered "Girl with the Dirty Hair" for Eight 30 Records' Highway Prayer: A Tribute to Adam Carroll (2016). Carll frequently cites Carroll as an important early influence on his writing and often performed "Girl with the Dirty Hair" live early in his career.



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
Trouble in Mind April 8, 2008 Lost Highway Records 11
KMAG YOYO February 15, 2011 Lost Highway Records 12 67 17
Lovers and Leavers[13] April 8, 2016 Thirty Tigers 105 4 14 9
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2013 "Bible on the Dash" (with Corb Lund)[14] Blake Judd


  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. ^ "Hot Tunes, Summer in the City Houston Press Music Awards Showcase 2002". Houston Press. 18 July 2002. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Bienstock, Hal (6 July 2015). "Hayes Carll, Texan singer-songwriter, resurfaces for three NYC concerts". AM New York. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Pazz + Jop Albums 2008". The Village Voice. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Pazz + Jop Singles 2008". The Village Voice. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  8. ^ a b Varias, Chris (23 June 2015). "Hayes Carll: Next album should be more intimate". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "American Songwriter's Top 50 Songs Of 2011". American Songwriter. 13 December 2011. p. 6. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums Of 2011". American Songwriter. 29 November 2011. p. 6. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Hayes Carll, 'KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories)' (2011) - 50 Country Albums Every Rock Fan Should Own". Rolling Stone. 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Twitter, Jewly Hight. "Songs We Love: Hayes Carll, 'The Love That We Need'". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-02-22. 
  13. ^ Moss, Marissa R. (January 25, 2016). "Hear Hayes Carll's Plaintive 'The Love That We Need'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  14. ^ "CMT: Videos : Corb Lund : Bible on the Dash". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 

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