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A Little Bit Country, a Little Bit Rock and Roll

November 2nd, 2011


Like many singer-songwriters (especially those with country leanings), Hayes Carll was influenced by the likes of Kris Kristofferson and John Prine, not to mention Bob Dylan. He got a guitar at 15 and began writing his own songs soon after that. Upon college graduation, Carll left Arkansas for Texas—first for Austin and then closer to his hometown, in Houston and Galveston—and began performing in bars. He was clearly talented and began to develop a local following, which has since blown up with the release of each of his albums, including the fourth and most recent, last winter’s KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories). And since the acronym in the title comes from the military expression “Kiss My Ass, Guys, You’re on Your Own,” it’s safe to say this is one musician with a sense of humor. Back in July, he opened for Emmylou Harris and the Levon Helm Band at SummerStage (not too shabby!), but this time through, with Caitlin Rose opening, Hayes Carll (above, playing “Stomp and Holler” at the IFC Crossroads House during this year’s SXSW) headlines Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night.