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30 Seconds With Hayes Carll

Mr. Hayes Carll from The Woodlands is one of our greatest treasures, and his country magic is making him a name all over America. We sat down with Carll to see what we could learn in 30 seconds.

Carll at Free Press Summer Fest 2011
Carll at Free Press Summer Fest 2011
Photo by Jim Bricker

Rocks Off: What is worst song in the world?

Hayes Carll: I really don't know how to answer that question.

RO: What is the best lyric in the world?

HC: "From the rocking of the cradle to the rollin' of the hearse/ The going up was worth the coming down."

-- Kris Kristofferson, "The Pilgrim, Chapter 33"

RO: Someone throws a beer bottle at you onstage. What do you do?

HC: Duck.

RO: Without worrying about space, time, or the laws of physics, what would be the ultimate gig to play?

HC: I'd start my gig at the Alamo on the night before it fell. Sing a few songs, blow some minds. Then I'd move on over to San Francisco to jump in on The Last Waltz and see what rock-star cocaine in 1978 was all about.

 

Carll at House of Blues Houston, December 30, 2011
Carll at House of Blues Houston, December 30, 2011
Photo by Groovehouse

RO: What would you buy with a million dollars?

HC: A recording studio and a small entourage.

RO: What would you buy with your last dollar?

HC: I'd either give it away or buy a cigarette.

RO: If you could canonize another musician who would it be and of what would they be the patron saint?

HC: I think Ray Wylie Hubbard has performed a few miracles in his day. He could be the patron saint of lost souls and forsaken poets.

RO: What will be written on the plaque beneath the giant statue future generations erect in your honor?

HC: "He's taller in person."

Hayes Carll's Burlesque Circus and Sideshow Freakout happens Friday at House of Blues, also featuring Corb Lund and Craig Kinsey.


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