Hayes Carll is stopping at The Southgate House Revival on Sunday, June 2nd! Carll recently released his sixth album and some of his most nuanced work yet, What It Is, on February 15 via Dualtone. What It Is finds Carll in a new phase of life — wiser, bolder, and looking at life from a big-picture perspective. The album’s 12 tracks span from heartfelt ballads to tap-your-foot-along Texas stomps and is the perfect listen for people who enjoy smart music. Between his well-executed sarcasm, sly political commentary, and witty eloquence, What It Is is both thought-provoking and relatable.
The album received praise from the Associated Press, NPR Music, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, American Songwriter, and Rolling Stone, who commented, "…it’s songwriting that doesn’t pander to mainstream country, alt-country, so-called Americana, indie-folk, or what-have you. It just tells its story.”
Known for his pensive songwriting, Carll won the Americana Music Association Award’s “Song of the Year” award for his single “She Left Me for Jesus” and garnered a Grammy nomination in 2016 for “Best Country Song” for writing “Chances Are”, performed by Lee Ann Womack. His sound has been revered by critics but to understand the true depth of Carll’s music, it’s pertinent to hear him in person. He’s one of the rare artists who can pack a dancehall one night and captivate a listening room the next; holding the full attention of listeners in both circumstances. It’s truly an experience to feel the weight and impact of the feelings behind his lyrics, and a testament to his unparalled capability to put those feelings into words.