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Hayes Carll

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The Woodlands, Houston TX, United States

Joshua Hayes Carll, known as Hayes Carll, is a singer-songwriter from The Woodlands, Texas (a Houston suburb). He is currently signed to Lost Highway Records.

If you haven’t already heard of Hayes Carll, you soon will. In the three years since his self-released second album, Little Rock became available, Carll has toured relentlessly in North America and abroad (performing over two hundred shows a year), founded a successful singer-songwriter music festival on the Gulf Coast of Texas, secured a record deal with Lost Highway Records, and has even seen Little Rock become the first self-released album to reach #1 on the Americana Music Chart. He’s only getting started.

On his new album, Trouble In Mind, the 32 year-old Carll navigates his way through both stormy weather and calm, sun-drenched waters with ease, emerging with songs that melt even the hardest heart in town (a feat he manages on the plaintive, world-weary “Don’t Let Me Fall”) or heat up a roadhouse (like the ruggedly strutting “Wild as a Turkey”). Their impact is heightened by the fact that they’re songs born of both immersion in the works of his songwriting heroes and plenty of real world experience.

“When I started, I moved down to this place called Crystal Beach, Texas where you need to take a ferry from Galveston across the bay to get to this little peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico,” recalls Carll, who grew up just outside Houston. “It’s this isolated coastal community with a wild assortment of people either hiding out, hanging on or getting lost— a lot of drugs and drinking, a fair amount of violence, but at the same time a lot of really interesting people with great stories to tell.

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