2008 Artist Lineup

Hayes Carll

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Hayes Carll is one of the best of a new breed of Texas singer/songwriters. He has cut his teeth working the same coffee houses, honky-tonks and bars that have spawned the likes of Lyle Lovett and Townes Van Zandt. 2005 saw him traveling back and forth across the US performing over 200 shows in support of his second cd, Little Rock. This self-released album went number 1 and ranked number 3 overall for the year on the Americana Radio chart with over 13,000 spins. Little Rock is full of songs that deliver a gut-punch of honesty and gritty realism. He teamed with roots producer R.S. Field (Billy Joe Shaver, Sonny Landreth, Buddy Guy) for this project. The album features Alison Moorer on guest vocals and guitarist Kenny Vaughn (Lucinda Williams, Rodney Crowell). Carll also managed to track down two of his songwriting heroes, Guy Clark and Ray Wyllie Hubbard, to write songs for the album. Hayes is a gambler and the gamble is paying off. True to his maverick mentality, the decision to release the album on his own Highway 87 label was easy. I just couldnt see spending the next 10 years of my life not controlling what I have. So hows he getting all that attention for his new record? Its all because of one thinggreat music. Songs that rock like the opening Wish I Hadnt Stayed So Long and songs that roll out of the speaker like a lullaby (Take Me Away). Great music has a way of reaching the surface and finding an audience. Relentless touring, radio airplay and word of mouth have been reaching fans across the country and introducing them to Hayes and his music.

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