B+ for Trouble In Mind
Why we care: With a hang-dog delivery slathered in twang and tough luck, this eccentric Texan traverses the backwoods distance between the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan (with a little Roger Miller thrown in for comic relief). Singer-songwriters don't get much more eccentric than this hopalong.
Why we like it: "There's a girl downtown with freckles on her nose / Pencils in her pocket and ketchup on her clothes." Joshua Hayes Carll is a storyteller with a knack for oddball characters and life on the fringe. He also loooves whiskey. Even when he covers a classic (Bad Liver and a Broken Heart) he makes it his besotted own.
Reminds us of: Happy hour at the Mucky Duck
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