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Hayes Carll - Special guest The Warren Hood Band- 3/29
at City Winery Chicago
Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. In a world of shallow and shallower, where it’s all groove and gloss, that might seem a hopeless proposition. Last year, “Another Like You,” Carll’s stereotype’s attract duet of polar opposites, was American Songwriter’s #1 Song of 2011 – and KMAG YOYO was the Americana Music Association’s #1 Album, as well as making Best of Lists for Rolling Stone, SPIN and a New York Times Critics Choice.
But more importantly than the critical acclaim is the way Carll connects with music lovers across genres lines. Playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE, he and his band the Gulf Coast Orchestra merge a truculent singer/songwriter take that combines Ray Wylie Hubband’s lean freewheeling squalor with Todd Snider’s brazen Gen Y reality and a healthy dose of love amongst unhealthy people.
After releasing Flowers & Liquor in 2002, Carll was voted the Best New Artist of 2002 by The Houston Post. He would go on to release Little Rock, on his own Highway 87 label, which became the first self-owned project to the top the Americana charts.
It wasn’t long until Lost Highway, home of Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Van Morrison and the Drive-By Truckers came calling. Trouble in Mind yielded the tongue firmly in cheek “She Left Me For Jesus,” a know-nothing redneck send-up/beer joint anthem somewhere between “You Never Even Called Me By My Name” and “Up Against the Wall.” “Jesus” was the 2008 Americana Music Awards Song of the Year.
Warren Hood and The Goods
Warren is the co-founder of well-loved Austin bands such as the South Austin Jug Band and Blue Light Special, and he is one of Austin’s most sought-after side men, having backed Bob Schneider, Alejandro Escovedo, the BoDeans, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Eliza Gilkyson, the Waybacks, et al. You may know that Warren is also the son of Austin legend, Champ Hood of Austin’s legendary Uncle Walt’s Band (Champ also performed with Lyle Lovett and Toni Price, among many others). Warren is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music and a recipient of the String Achievement Award, the faculty’s highest honor for string virtuosity. He is a two-time String Player of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll.