Hayes Carll Little Rock

Hayes Carll is the Steve Earle for a new generation. Produced by R.S. Field, (Buddy Guy, Billy Joe Shaver), Little Rock is Carll’s follow up to his critically acclaimed indie release Flowers and Liquor. Little Rock opens with the country-rock anthem and whisky-soaked "Wish I Hadn’t Stayed So Long” — a song inspired by Field that chronicles a few of the haunts Carll has graced his presence with over the years. The poetic ballad "Take Me Away” follows. One of the best tracks is the tongue-in-cheek "Down the Road Tonight.” In this fun, free-wheeling song, Carll attempts to run off as many rhymes as possible; as he jokes in the liner notes, "I figured if I could get Michael Jackson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and my grandmother all in the same song it would cover a lot of demographics.” Other highlights include the restless wanderer’s tale "Rivertown,” which Carll co-wrote with legendary Texas songwriter Guy Clark, the foot-stompin’ "Sit in With the Band,” and the country-blues closer "Chickens,” co-written with Hubbard. Overall, Little Rock continues Carll’s journey and shows yet another talented Texas troubadour bound for greatness. (Independent)