• Concert Review: Hayes Carll with Jason Isbell and Shovels and Rope, April 23, Boston

    5 May 2011, 03:11 by Rockstar_Aimz

    Sat 23 Apr – Hayes Carll / Jason Isbell

    From my blog: My Aimz is True

    About a minute into Hayes Carll's first song Chances Are a big cheer erupted from the crowd. No, the crowd wasn't cheering for the protagonist in this heartfelt ballad. They were celebrating the fact that the Boston Bruins had just beaten the Montreal Canadians in double overtime. For a second there I thought I was back in Canada, but then I remembered that the Leafs never make the playoffs. I hope the Texans on the stage weren't confused either. Welcome to Boston!

    Carll headlined the sold out gig on Saturday, April 23, at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston, playing all but one song from his tremendous 2011 album KMAG YOYO (And Other American Stories), and other great tunes from his back catalog. (The one song he didn't play from the new album was a Christmas song, which really didn't fit on the day before Easter).

    After the warm up ballad, Carll and his band dug into the country rock with Hard Out Here and It's a Shame
  • Because of This Guy…

    12 May 2010, 16:05 by awdylanis

    I hate to state the title that way, but it is the truth. I get all goggley about some guy and my heart goes a flutter and every song sounds amazing to me. I love that about just giving into feelings because it starts to make everything else seem a little better. So these were a few songs that struck me and made me smile in their truths.

    I saw Ingrid Michaelson live a few months ago and was impressed with how talented she is and the poetry in her lyrics. Her stuff always strikes me with both a strong feminine independence and a vulnerability that feels like the struggles in my own head.


    “I never thought that I could love anyone but myself
    Now I know I can’t love anyone but you
    But you make me think that maybe I won’t die alone
    Maybe I won’t die alone”

    Michael Trent is like the complete opposite. He’s almost jarringly honest, yet guarded. How does that even happen and why do his songs always remind me of the guys that I fall for? Had a hard time finding a version of this…