Hayes Carll: “Bye Bye Baby”
When Hayes Carll first came to Austin, music was his third occupation, behind selling vacuums door-to-door and working Red Lobster. In his dwindling spare time, Carll worked bars around Central Texas and the Gulf Coast, sometimes earning as little as $50 for four hours of performing.
But those kinds of experiences are fertile ground for songwriters, especially ones as talented as Carll. His 2008 album Trouble In Mind detailed these hard years, and the record appeared on a number of best-of lists. Critical acclaim also accompanies the follow-up, this year’s KMAG YOYO. Songs like “Bye Bye Baby” show off Carll’s bittersweet wit, as well as that characteristically weathered voice. Carll performed for a rapt audience at KUT’s Hilton showcase during South By Southwest this year, and today’s song of the day comes from that live show.
And be sure to catch Hayes Carll at this year’s ACL Fest, where he will be performing on Sunday, September 18 on the Austin Ventures stage at 7:30 PM.