I keep hearing about people who need closure. Things must be resolved, the package must be wrapped, the ribbon strapped tight, the bow affixed and fluffed. Don't forget the card -- thinking of you! -- and then, boom, closure. Everything makes sense now, we can put it all to rest. Ah. What's next?
Hayes Carll: He walked out on stage with his band and, hearing no introduction through the p.a. rattled off his own: "From Houston, Texas, Hayes Carll and the Hubcaps. Thank you very much!" One quick count-in later they launched into "Drunken Poet's Dream" and it was all uphill from there. Lots of great songs and inspired performances, but the big surprise, and maybe the most bracing musical moment, came when he took "Bad Liver and a Broken Heart," a total Stonesian stomper on the album, and recast it as a pensive, nearly ghostly acoustic number. Hard to describe. So here it is, from a show in North Carolina last week. Gives me chills - click here to watch.
Closure department: The KWJJ listeners mostly liked "Down the Road Tonight," I'm still not sure if they'll add the tune to their playlist, but here's hoping. I also got an email from KINK's Dean Kattari, who said they had decided to invite Hayes for a Live Performance Lounge performance. I'm not sure if it happened or when they did or will air it. But when I know, I'll pass the news along.
More Hayes news: He just got nominted for two Americana Awards: Album of the year, for "Trouble in Mind," and song of the year, for "She Left Me For Jesus."