Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll, “She Left Me For Jesus”

October 4, 2008 // 6 Comments

Here’s my disclaimer: if you found the song “She Left Me for Jesus” uncomfortably irreverent, the video is almost certainly not for you. Objectively speaking, this thing is downright blasphemous; where the humor of the song came from its absurd narrator, the humor of the video comes from its absurd everything, very much including its portrayal of Christ. And there you have it. Some will find the shock value titillating and benign; others will find it appalling. A lot of people will probably land somewhere in the middle. But whatever your reaction to the boundless mockery, you’ve got to applaud the creativity: Carll plays a cameraman for 2-Timerz, a not-so-veiled (and gloriously accurate) take on the television camp-fest Cheaters. A man comes onto the show to find out the truth about his high school sweetheart, and naturally it’s not too long before we’re spying on the tramp from a sketchy Read More

Americana Music Association Awards & Honors

September 19, 2008 // 0 Comments

The Americana Music Association handed out its yearly awards and honors Thursday night at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The evening, which is a part of a four-day festival and conference, was hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featured an All-Star Band led by Buddy Miller. The following were the nominees, with the big winners of the evening in bold: Album of the Year: Trouble in Mind, Hayes Carll Raising Sand, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant Just Us Kids, James McMurtry Dirt Farmer, Levon Helm Duo/Group of the Year: Alison Krauss & Robert Plant Drive By Truckers Kane Welch Kaplin The Avett Brothers Artist of the Year: Steve Earle Levon Helm Jim Lauderdale James McMurtry Instrumentalist of the Year: Buddy Miller Chris Thile Gurf Morlix Sam Bush New Emerging Artist of the Year: Justin Townes Earle Mike Farris Ryan Bingham The SteelDrivers Song of the Year: “Broken,” Tift Merritt (written Read More

Hayes Carll, "It's a Shame"

July 27, 2008 // 2 Comments

His song “She Left Me For Jesus” was one of those rare intentionally funny songs, but Hayes Carll is just as capable of turning in a sincere and reflective song of unrequited love.   His vocal and delivery is like a wonderful hybrid of Lyle Lovett and Todd Snider. He harmonizes eff ectively with the female backing vocalist, and there's a wistfulness to his delivery that heightens the underlying longing in the song's lyric. Written by Hayes Carll Grade: A- Listen: It's a Shame Buy: It's a Shame zp8497586rq

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