Hayes Carll Biography

Joshua Hayes Carll, 1978, Houston, Texas, USA. During his teens Carll heard Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovettand others, and chose music as a career. He attended Hendrix College, Arkansas, studying history and theatre, and from there tried various labouring jobs, visited Croatia for six months, then moved to Austin, Texas. Playing guitar, Carll wrote songs that reflected his early background and his very different later life as a travelling musician. For a few years he lived in Crystal Beach, performing occasionally at the Old Quarter Acoustic Café in nearby Galveston. Usually he was the opening act for touring headliners, such as the Sisters Morales, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Willis Alan Ramsey.

The release of Carll’s 2002 debut album Flowers And Liquor expanded his reputation on the roots rock scene and he was soon opening for more artists at venues throughout Texas. After his first record was released Carll formed his own Highway 87 label and by the time of his follow-up word was already spreading that he was a star in the making. Little Rock became the first self-released album to reach the top of the Americana music charts. Visits to venues throughout the USA and the UK led to rave reviews in the press and standing ovations from audiences.

Among musicians with whom Carll has worked and sometimes recorded are singer Allison Moorer, guitarist Kenny Vaughn, bass player Jared Reynolds, and drummer Jimmy Lester. Carll has continued to compose songs that reflect his ever-changing circumstances and that show wit, intelligence and a maturity that exceeds his years. Among his songs are ‘Highway 87’, ‘Richey Lee’, ‘Wish I Hadn’t Stayed So Long’, ‘Chickens’ (co-written with Hubbard), ‘Down The Road Tonight’, ‘Good Friends’, ‘Take Me Away’, ‘Long Way Home’, and ‘Rivertown’ (co-written with Guy Clark).


Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.


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