Hayes Carll makes impressive Lethbridge solo debut


Hayes Carll played a sold out show at the Geomatic Attic,  May 24. photo by Richard AmeryTexas troubadour Hayes Carll made his solo Lethbridge debut with a sold-out show at the Geomatic Attic, Tuesday, May 24, where he observed he wasn’t used to playing a room this nice.

 He combined elements of Bob Dylan and Todd Snider with just a touch of countrified Lou Reed and Waylon Jennings outlaw edge. He told stories and cracked wry jokes about hitting the Casino afterward. He had an amazing band backing him including Oklahoma  songwriter Travis Lind who alternated between pedal steel guitar, guitar and dobro throughout the show.

 He proved himself to be a strong songwriter in his own right and a wicked guitar player as he knocked off a wild version of Merle Travis/ Chet Atkins,”  quick finger picking classic “Cannonball Rag.”

Carll played a wicked show which alternated between slower material and more country rock. It included most of his latest CD “KMAG YOYO ( & other American Stories).

” That was one of many highlights of the show. His humour shone through on “Another Like You” as he sang both parts of the song which he recorded as a duet with Cary Ann Hearst, looking at half the room for the female parts of the song and the other side for the male parts.
 Another highlight was “Where have all my Old Friends Gone,” which also displayed his humour.

He donned the banjo for “Bottle in My Hand,” which he recorded with Todd Snider and Corb Lund.

 He also introduced a new song, which he wrote with Bobby Bare Jr. called “Two Girls, One Bed, Three Bottles of Wine,” which was hilarious.
 He played another which he co-wrote with Ray Wylie Hubbard called “Drunken Poet’s Dream.”
 His band was fantastic throughout, alternating between a variety of instruments including banjo, mandolin, accordion, pedal and lap steel guitar.

 He played a quick solo acoustic set, then rocked itup and called it a night on a mellower note “Girl Downtown,” a song about a girl named Kate, only to be called back for an encore by an audience request for the outstanding foot-stomping “Stomp and Holler,” the first track from the new CD.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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