9 p.m. Thursday — Blueberry Hill's Duck Room — $10 — 314-727-4444
Singer-songwriter Hayes Carll's new album "Trouble in Mind" recounts his rowdier days and includes the tall tale "She Left Me for Jesus," which recently won the Americana Music Association's Song of the Year award.
Q: Who are your songwriting heroes?
A: Initially, it was Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Later on, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine. I was drawn to guys who played three chords and had mediocre, raspy voices.
Q: Your songs are full of whiskey and mayhem. Are they autobiographical?
A: A lot of them are. To me it was about capturing memories and moments that happened before I forgot them.
Q: Is "She Left Me for Jesus" a true story?
A: Somewhat. I wrote it with Brian Keane, who told me about a girl he dated who said, "Are you prepared to handle my relationship with Jesus Christ?" We took that idea and thought, what if the guy was some dimwit who didn't know who Jesus was? What would any good redneck do in that situation? He'd try and find Jesus and beat (him up).