Make no mistake about it, Hayes Carll has no intentions of reading this.
The truth is, he's aware of the reviews and stories that are being written about him these days, especially after being nominated for two major Americana Music Association awards, "Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year," but he's still not interested in paying attention.
"If I believe all the good stuff people write about me, then I'm going to have to believe all the bad stuff, too," he explained.
Carll isn't yet where he wants to be as a songwriter. In fact, he doesn't even listen to his own albums once he's done recording them.
"Maybe in a year or two, I'll sit down and listen to it all the way through and hopefully feel really good about it," said Carll of his latest album, "Trouble in Mind."
"To tell you the truth, when I get done with records, I'm so screwed up by the end of them that I never know what to make of them."
Just like his previous two efforts, there was "a lot of doubt" when he finished recording "Trouble." However, unlike his previous trips to the recording studio, this time Carll started the process with a "completely blank slate" and instead only had basic ideas. This time, he recorded most of the material, nearly 20 songs, while he was writing it so that he could try different sounds.
And, as those close to him have come to expect, when it was over, he wanted nothing to do with it.
"I really don't listen to the record a whole lot," he said. "I've been touring and just trying to interpret the songs, sometimes the way it was on the record and sometimes in a new way that feels more fresh or more in the moment. I have that one version on the record and then I'll play 200 shows this year and I'll play them a number of different ways."
The recorded versions have been heralded ever since the album was released. That said, Carll is quick to point out, "I know there are holes in it and that things could have been done better."
He is, after all, his own worst critic. Nevertheless, he says he feels good about the album and is glad people like it rather than hate it, but he still wishes he had changed a few lyrics and sung some of the songs differently.
All in all, when faced with having to talk about the project, he may feel "detached" but he eventually admits to having made a lot of good decisions during the recording process.
"Someone told me once it's like having a baby," said Carll, in regard to being a songwriter. "You just do the best you can and then you just set it out in the world and you don't know what's going to happen. It could be a good kid that does well or it could be a criminal that brings you nothing but shame and misery."