Carll's Corner: Riverside & Barton Springs
If Threadgill’s south location holds 600, there seemed to be 750 on hand to hear bearded singer-songwriter Hayes Carll Saturday night. The lines for beer were 20-30 people deep for most of the 90-minute set, as Carll’s rowdy and witty beach rat songs such as “I Got a Gig” make beer a sacrament.
Carll’s rockin’ new band gives the songs more of a Stonesy feel than before, but there’s no mistaking that this Austinite (via Houston) is a Texas songwriter, whose lyrics run wind sprints between Townes Van Zandt and Ray Wylie Hubbard. He did a solo acoustic segment at the midpoint that was as soul-stilling as the full band stuff was soul-stirring.
Highlight of the crowded night was “She Left Me For Jesus,” the most hilariously sacrilegious honky tonk song ever written (by Carll and Brian Keane). From the lauded new LP “Trouble In Mind,” it’s about a couple whose relationship becomes severely tested when the woman finds religion and the guy thinks Jesus is” the other man.”
The lyrics go: “She left me for Jesus and that just ain’t fair/ She said he was perfect, how can I compare?/ She said I should find him and I’ll know peace at last/ but if I ever find Jesus, I’m kicking his a**”
You have to love a songwriter who’ll risk an eternity in hell for our amusement.