Magazine article U.S. Catholic


Magazine article U.S. Catholic


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Hayes Carll (Lost High, 2011)


Despite the best efforts of the Nashville industry, country music refuses to die, and Hayes Carll's new album is living proof. It has lyrics about wandering ("Hard Out Here") and whiskey ("Bottle in My Hand") and Mama ("Grateful for Christmas"). It's got the twangy guitars and the sentimental moan of the pedal steel. So, of course, you'll never hear a lick of Hayes Carll on today's country radio.

Carll subtitled this record--with punctuation--(& other American stories). And on the lyric sheet the songs are labeled as "Chapters 1-12." That could be pretentious if the lyrics weren't so richly detailed. They sometimes sound like overheard barroom or coffee shop conversations, with the headline news channel playing in the background.

In an interview with the Austin-based website,, Carll said of the songs' topical content, "Partly it's a matter of being out on the road all year. …

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