Hayes Carll, Kirby Brown
Thursday October 28, 2021 08:00 PM EDT
CL's Hal Horowitz: Singer-songwriter Carll can be slotted into the country music field, but like John Prine — a major influence on Carll — his edgy, often swampy music and lyrics transcend that genre. His dark humor clicked early with 2008’s “She Left Me for Jesus,” yet Carll has a deeper, more sensitive side too, which he displays on his fine new album You Get It All.
From the venue:The chorus to the title track on the new Hayes Carll album, What It Is, is a manifesto. What it was is gone forever / What it could be God only knows. What it is is right here in front of me / and I’m not letting go. He’s embracing the moment. Leaving the past where it belongs, accepting there’s no way to know what’s ahead, and challenging himself to be present in both love and life. It’s heady stuff. It also rocks. With a career full of critical acclaim and popular success, Carll could’ve played it safe on this, his sixth record, but he didn’t. The result is a musically ambitious and lyrically deep statement of an artist in his creative prime.