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KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)

Hayes CarllAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Hayes Carll hasn’t been resting on his laurels since topping critics polls and winning awards for his 2008 album, Trouble in Mind. Instead, he’s been on the road nearly nonstop with his band, "The Poor Choices" blasting through honky tonks and rock clubs across the U.S. and beyond. Along the way, he’s been ... Read more in Amazon's Hayes Carll Store

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  • Audio CD (February 15, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • ASIN: B004BSWC0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stomp And Holler
2. Hard Out Here
3. Chances Are
4. Grand Parade
5. KMAG YOYO
6. Another Like You
7. The Letter
8. Bye Bye Baby
9. The Lovin' Cup
10. Bottle In My Hand
11. Grateful For Christmas
12. Hide Me

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2011 release from the Texas-based singer/songwriter. Hayes Carll hasn't been resting on his laurels since topping critics polls and winning awards for his 2008 album, Trouble in Mind. Instead, he's been on the road nearly nonstop with his band, The Poor Choices blasting through honky tonks and rock clubs across the U.S. and beyond. Along the way, he's been inspired to write a crop of new tunes that the acclaimed songwriter says are a layman's take on our country a snapshot of America in some small way. The album's title, KMAG YOYO, is pronounced kay-mag, yo-yo. It is a military acronym that stands for Kiss My Ass Guys, You're On Your Own

From the Artist

"I wanted to challenge myself musically," says Carll, "and see if I could capture that live dynamic. A lot of the songs came with the music first, with the music calling the lyrics."

"We had a little bit of swagger going in, which was part of what I wanted to capture," said Carll about the album, "we'd been out on the road for a couple years and were sounding good together. Combining that with some timely songs, I think we came up with something special."


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subterranean Honky Tonk Blues February 21, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Hayes Carll has discovered America, wait, make that Americana: On none of his three previous albums (not even on the heavily country influenced "Flowers And Liquor") has the alt.country singer/songwriter dug so deep into the vein of traditional American music while commenting on the US in the 21st century.
On KMAG YOYO (& other American stories) there's a lot of honky-tonkin' and stompin' and hollerin' (as on the first track "Stomp and Holler" and on the title track, both sounding like a bastard called Subterranean Honky Tonk Blues, or on "The Lovin' Cup"), some country swing ("Hard Out Here", "Another Like You") and some finger-picking ballads ("The Letter").
Unlike on "Trouble in Mind", on which the rockers at the beginning were the best songs, the strength of "KMAG YOYO" lies in the slower tunes towards the end: "Bottle in My Hand" (with Hayes Carll, Todd Snider and Corb Lund taking turns singing), "Bye Bye Baby" (with not much more accompaniment than a banjo and a pedal steel guitar), "Hide Me" (with a beautiful gospel hum in the background). Those three plus the laid-back tap-your-feet-clap-your-hands-nod-your-head-sing-along "Grand Parade" are among Hayes Carll's best songs.
There's a lot of great artists releasing new CDs this winter/spring: The Low Anthem, Lucinda Williams, Drive-By Truckers, Todd Snider (even if it's just a live album, no new stuff), Steve Earle, Cary Hudson, Jason Isbell. But I'll bet you: KMAG YOYO will be on a lot of year's end lists!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Godfather of Soul reference! Really? February 22, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just ripped KMAG YOYO and now my computer is drunker than ever! I fear for Hayes, at this pace he is destined to be the stuff of legend. I cannot recall a new artist pouring so much of themselves into their career. He's leaving his soul on the paper folks....

Kudos to HC for grabbing Corb Lund for some fun on this project. Those of you getting turned to Hayes by some Hollywood movie: Go back & digest his previous, Trouble In Mind, & you'll have a deeper appreciation for this album and his approach. This is not the "Texas sound"; this kicks it in the ass for hours and leaves it wimpering in the corner.

As for the title track on this one, FANTABULOUS! Hayes is whiter and taller than James Brown, but just as much swagger. Rock on, brother, rock the eff on!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Better Than I Expected!!!!! March 16, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I can't stop listening to this!!!! An excellent mix of contemporary and traditional country. I can definitely hear a Merle Haggard influence on this album. The campy duet "Another Like You" (featuring Cary Ann Hearst) gives this album a unique twist. Fabulous!!!! A MUST have for Hayes Carll fans!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I'll leave it to music critics to pigeon-hole Hayes Carll into whatever genre fits their needs - country, honky-tonk, whatever. All I know is that KMAG YOYO (a military acronym right up there with SNAFU and FUBAR, in case you're wondering) is one terrific album.

For the most part, KMAG YOYO offers a selection of bar-thumping, get-on-your-feet tunes. Carll kicks things off with a jangling fury with the first two songs, "Stomp and Holler" and "Hard Out There" and follows it up quickly with the title track (a clever riff on a young man's journey through our military). These are tunes that earn their place on your bar's jukebox favorites, although "Bottle in my Hand" and "The Loving Cup" may be more likely to get play at a dance hall.

"Bye Bye Baby," on the other hand, will in fact make a grown man cry.

My personal favorite on this album is the clever duet with Cary Ann Hearst, "Another Like You." Hearst and Carll sing as if they have met in a bar and exchange insults (he's a Democrat, she's a Republican) but as the beer goggles grow stronger they decide to take things to another level. This duet is right up there with the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" (with Kirsty McColl) and the Dropkick Murphy's "Kiss Me, I'm ****-faced," two classics.

When I was younger I'd buy an entire album to get one great song. Thanks to technology we don't have to do that any longer, but this is one album that deserves to be purchased in its entirety - there's not a weak entry in the bunch. I shouldn't be surprised - Carll wouldn't stand for it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of best YTD April 28, 2011
By theboss
Format:Audio CD
WOW! Hayes is real music. When I mean real, I mean edging closer and closer to be successor of Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle. Gritty and real. For real music lovers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
From start to finish, this album rocks!!! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Hayes, his work was most recently a part of the Country Strong Soundtrack; and, if you became with another Lost Highway Artist Ryan Bingham from his Crazy Heart work, do yourself a favor and pick up Hayes Carll's KMAG YOYO (due a Google seart to find out what it stands for)!! Better yet, make sure to catch Hayes on tour in the coming weeks before he becomes the next big thing outta Texas!!! My favorite tracks are the Title Track and Grand Parade....buy this and you won't regret it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hayes delivers once again. February 17, 2011
By Drew
Format:MP3 Music
I bought this album on the release date. I had heard a few of the songs in concert and was pretty excited to get to listen. I was blown away. It's a slight departure from his other albums, but if you liked those you will definitely like this. This album is a perfect mix of fast and slow songs. If you like songs like Beaumont and Take Me Away, you're going to love "Hide Me" and "Bye Bye Babe", which is my personal favorite. The songwriting in some of these tracks is incredible and Hayes wrote some really nice parts licks as well. A lot more mandolin and banjo on this album, which I really enjoyed. His new bassist does a great job on their duet as well. Overall, a great album. It's definitely going to be in my car for a long time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great album by Hayes.
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD
Published 13 days ago by Judy Benton
5.0 out of 5 stars Your gonna love Hayes Carll
If your into Todd Snider, Corb Lund, James McMurty, Robert Earl Keen, Reckless Kelly, Etc. Your gonna love Hayes Carll !
Published 1 month ago by Big Hoss
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Hayes Carll is great and the option to download and receive the hard copy was great. his music is different than what i normally like. Read more
Published 1 month ago by william
5.0 out of 5 stars This is no YoYO song
Absolutely great
Published 3 months ago by Albert J. Cerrato
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent outlaw country
Hayes Carll has a great voice, a sharp eye for humor, and a way with words. Somewhat reminiscent of Steve Earle or Townes Van Zandt in style, though nearer to Jerry Jeff Walker in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by B. Linder
5.0 out of 5 stars KMAG YOYO
My son played this CD for me. I enjoyed the music & stories. I bought 3 copies as Christmas gifts.
Published 9 months ago by janie k miner
5.0 out of 5 stars What a hoot!
Hard not to smile through this album. He's having fun and is a bit twisted which makes it a really good listen.
Published 9 months ago by Chad E. Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars Carll is an amazing story teller....
I never get tired of his stories put to music.... a modern day troubadour...... with a really wonderful Texas twang....
Published 9 months ago by D. Hitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good!!
If you like Billy Joe Shaver and Todd Snider then this is a no brainer. Lyrics and music are both excellent!!
Published 14 months ago by Tele-pathic
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