from the Houston Chronicle...
The last time Hayes Carll had a new batch of songs ready for release, he was playing a festival in Colorado. Backstage he told friend and mentor Ray Wylie Hubbard he planned to title his album Trouble in Mind. “You can't do that,” Hubbard told him just as an announcer called Carll's name to go onstage. He didn't find out until later it was the name of a blues standard.
Carll says he doesn't yet have a title for his new album, which he's hoping to release in July. He's likely to take his time titling it.
But fans will likely hear four or five of the new songs when he plays Monday night at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, backed just by multi-instrumentalist Scott Davis.
Carll says one big difference between Trouble and the new album is his backing. Last time he recorded with a group of Nashville players. “This record I used my band, which I've never really done before,” he says. “But we spent most of the past 2½ years together. I was just enjoying the vibe I was getting with them being on the road. I wanted to get that on the record.”
A few songs are still being tweaked, but Carll sounds confident that the summer release date will hold. “I still have a little work left to do with some of the writing,” he says. “One song I started writing about one thing, and it ended up being about another.”
Though the Bolivar Peninsula has figured into Carll's music before, none of the new songs directly addresses the region hit so hard by Hurricane Ike. “I'll get back there at some point, but for this one I was in a different place.”
He's also suspending his popular Stingaree Music Festival, the annual gathering he began on Crystal Beach.
“The storm changed the whole makeup of how you pull off a festival,” he says. “And it takes a lot of time. We just didn't have that time or the resources. But we're going to figure out a way to pick it up in 2011. I'm really proud of what we had going.”