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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 (March 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Highway 87 Music
  • ASIN: B0007VF1Y2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wish I Hadn't Stayed So Long
2. Take Me Away
3. Down The Road Tonight
4. Good Friends
5. Hey Baby Where You Been
6. Rivertown
7. Little Rock
8. Leave Here Standing
9. Sit In With The Band
10. Long Way Home
11. Chickens

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Hayes Carll is still in his 20s, yet he's already attained the whiskey-drenched, world-weary sound of someone who's battled a lifetime of demons. The Houston native employs that compressed experience to achieve near perfection on his second album, Little Rock, an Americana tour de force that gracefully straddles melancholic gloom and bubbly buoyancy.

There's not a weak song here, which is saying something considering the album's range. From the wistful lamentation of Wish I Hadn't Stayed So Long to the silly wordplay of Down the Road Tonight, Carll exhibits a deft lyrical touch across the widest possible range of human emotions.

And yet Carll is more than just a songwriter. His rough, thickly accented voice and exquisite acoustic guitar work are what really drive the album.

While Carll is the clear star, he benefits from some help along the way.

Guy Clark co-wrote the haunting Rivertown. And Clark's guitar work from The Randall Knife clearly inspired the similarly elegiac Long Way Home.

Ray Wylie Hubbard co-wrote the riotous Chickens. In the liner notes, Carll adds the following disclaimer: 'Ray and I felt that what the world really needed was a song about chickens. There is a good chance that we were wrong.' Perhaps, but the world definitely could use more songs as enjoyable as this one.

Guest vocals from Allison Moorer and stellar instrumental work from producer R.S. Field, Jimmy Lester, and Kenny Vaughn add depth and texture, confirming Little Rock as something more than just standard singer/songwriter fare.

Indeed, Little Rock is anything but ordinary. It is an energetic confirmation of Carll's status among the state's most promising young artists.

-This Is Texas Music, March 2005

Review

He evokes Townes Van Zandt lyrically, Guy Clark emotionally, Steve Earle stylistically and Ray Wylie Hubbard spiritually. --Boston Herald

…you do believe the words in his songs, because it's apparent that he has lived 'em. --The Houston Press

Here's a guy who takes regular old rockin' Texas folk country and just adds new songs to the canon… right there alongside the songs of Van Zandt, Clark, Earle, Crowell, Shaver, Keen, Hubbard, et al. Houston, we have a poet. --The Houston Press

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Great melodies, rythm and awesome lyrics.
Mark Udell
I have all of Hayes Carll's music and I am waiting for his next CD.
Rebecca Kemerling
My opinion is this is the best CD he has made.
Heather

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Ross on April 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Playing Time - 40:11 -- Hayes Carll is a Texas singer/songwriter who describes himself as a "twisted folk singer." I don't find him particularly perplexing because his songs reveal a fair amount about his life, friends, and wry wit. The places he's lived over the years are mentioned in the opener, "Wish I Hadn't Stayed So Long." He wonders about some of his closest high school buds in "Good Friends." And just about everything else is referred to in the tongue-twisting "Down the Road Tonight" from thrift store cowboys to panty droppers, and pill poppers to his grandmother. Little Rock is a followup to Carll's 2003 release "Flowers and Liquor," and this latest effort offers a nice mix of varied tempos and diverse messages to keep a listener rapt and attentive. The title cut, about Arkansas, is a rocking story about Carll's search for "a piece of this earth for my peace of mind." With emotive voice, the singer also ably handles the rawboned ballad, "Long Way Home," or quiet lullaby "Take Me Away." Of special note are the compositions written in collaboration with Ray Wylie Hubbard ("Chickens"), Guy Clark ("Rivertown") and John Evans ("Sit in with the Band" and "Take Me Away"). Some songs have a tender side, while others are raucous.

While Carll chose to independently release Little Rock, his personalized sound and work eithic (over 200 appearances in 2004) have attracted the interest of major labels. Produced by R.S. Field, Little Rock features a bevy of good musicians. Alison Moorer and pedal steel player Bucky Baxter assist on vocals, and I wish that some of the songs had been arranged with a few more harmonies. Other musicians who lay down the Texas groove include Kenny Vaughn (guitar), Jared Reynolds (bass), Jimmy Lester (drums), R.S.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brad on March 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Hayes burst onto the Texas country/folk/singer-songwriter scene several years back with Flowers & Liquor, a wonderful collection of songs about mostly - you guessed it - love and alcohol. Several years later Hayes returns with a matured compilation of songs, not just emotionally, but also musically. But don't believe me...Hayes brings legendary songwriters Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard to the table with him, proving he can hold his own with two of the best. What strikes me as particulary good about the album is its consistency, seemingly becoming one of Hayes' trademarks.

From the opening single "Wish I Hadn't Stayed So Long," rolling through to the fun country rocker "Down the Road Tonight," drifting through the haunting "Rivertown," into the wistful "Long Way Home," and closing out with the excellent barn buster "Chickens," you won't find a throw-away track on this cd. Do yourself a favor and grab one. You won't be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Wilson on March 24, 2005
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I prefer seeing Hayes Carll in a live performance where his charisma and sense of humor shine. Second best is sitting back with friends and beer listening to Hayes at home. He is a true poet with a wicked sense of humor. My wife absolutely loves his music and this is a major breakthrough for her. She had considered Barry Manilow the voice of America.There is no sophmore jinx here. It is more refined than the first album with his well chosen guest musicians.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gary shepherd on January 9, 2007
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I am admittedly not the ideal person to review music, especially singer/songwriter music, as I tend to be overly forgiving. That being said, this disc just rocks! I bought it due to his association with ray wylie and others and they must all be proud. His uptempo songs are, as one would expect, fantastic, but the slower, more introspective tracks are really special,with each listening bringing more dimensions, I just love it, and am awaiting delivery of more Hayse Carll. give this one a try, you won't be sorry
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SUPERMAN on February 1, 2009
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This is probably the most talented young artist I have ever heard. I bought his Trouble in Mind CD and was blown away. So I bought this one and was once again blown away. The hard part is going to be waiting another year or so for another album, because I am addicted to this guy! This guy writes great honky tonk songs with some of the catchiest lyrics ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB on February 16, 2009
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For those that discovered Hayes via "Trouble in Mind" and wonder if his earlier work is worth getting - the answer is yes - you won't be disappointed with "Little Rock".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D on June 24, 2010
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If you haven't listened to Hayes Carll you should. Great songwriter, great artist. Great CD. No mainstream have to appeal to the mass radio crowd crap here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dennis N. Jackson on November 26, 2008
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Love the sounds on this CD. Country, Rock, Blues , HC can to it all at the same time and make this old country boy feel at home. Can't wait for more.
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