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Little Rock

Hayes CarllAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Hayes Carll
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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 (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,225 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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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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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


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By J. Ross
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
5.0 out of 5 stars No Such Thing as a Sophmore Slump March 8, 2005
By Brad
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hayes is the real deal March 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute treat January 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Carl Where You Been 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 24, 2010
By D
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Singer/songwriter holding his own February 16, 2009
By JB
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hayes "Little Rock" Carll November 26, 2008
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars ... is one heck of singer song writer (and a funny dude). Play this CD...
Hayes is one heck of singer song writer (and a funny dude). Play this CD to improve your mood.
Published 2 months ago by Jan McIntosh
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect Hayes Carll
I'm a huge Hayes Carll fan and this cd doesn't have a song on it that I would rate less than 10. His voice, his songwriting, the musicians all are fantastic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Barrow
5.0 out of 5 stars little rock
love love love Hayes Carll...fast slow funny sad drinking sober it all good...I now have all his cds....yabba dabba do
Published 6 months ago by wool
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music!
Got this for my hubby since he loves this guy so much. Almost all the songs are good and it makes you happy to listen to it! Read more
Published 9 months ago by loreleigal
5.0 out of 5 stars Little "Rocks"
Got this CD just for the song "Little Rock", but ended up liking all the songs on this CD. My opinion is this is the best CD he has made.
Published 11 months ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Genius!
Hayes Carll is truly a guitar genuis! The chicken song alone is worth the price of the CD! LOVE LOVE!
Published 13 months ago by Kathleen
4.0 out of 5 stars They don't make many like this anymore
If you prefer your country music to have string sections and sappy lyrics, look elsewhere. Hayes Carll comes from the stoner/rebel camp with a good dose of humor thrown in for good... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Koyote
4.0 out of 5 stars good early album by a very talented artist
all the songs are good, three are really good songs...
first heard hayes carl on siriusXM outlaw country...
think hes great and will keep up with his career...
Published 19 months ago by fred robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hayes is the best in new music
Lyrics and music are outstanding. Great melodies, rythm and awesome lyrics. With Jerry Jeff and Ray Wylie as major influences, Hayes takes it to the next level. Read more
Published on August 20, 2012 by Mark Udell
5.0 out of 5 stars love hayes carll
i have every album from hayes carll and i think this one is as good as all the rest except kmagyoyo which is better than the others but they are all excellent to me and i've... Read more
Published on May 12, 2012 by Stewart Windsor
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