Hayes Carll is probably the pre-eminent thinking-man's Texas musician of his generation: rowdy and rockin' enough to impress the ballcap-clad yee-hawers, but thoughtful and witty enough to impress mentors (and now co-writers) Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard. For his annual holiday show at his old stomping grounds, Carll comes armed with a new batch from KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories), the follow-up to 2008's wildly acclaimed Trouble in Mind, due on Lost Highway in February. The title is a military abbreviation of the phrase "Kiss my ass guys, you're on your own"; Carll co-wrote the song about a soldier in Afghanistan with Houston's John Evans. Elsewhere, Carll peeks inside the Great Recession on "Hard Out Here" and "Stomp and Holler," delivers a few of his signature "degenerate love songs" in "Bye Bye Baby," "Chances Are" and "Grand Parade," talks politics (sexual and otherwise) with Tuesday's opener Cary Ann Hearst on "Another Like You," and trades licks with fellow Americana road warriors Corb Lund and Todd Snider on "Bottle in My Hand."
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