Last Night: Hayes Carll At Warehouse Live

Hayes Carll Warehouse Live December 28, 2010

It was almost New Year's Eve, just not cold as hell for Houston.

For the third year in a row, Woodlands native Hayes Carll shambled back from Austin for his post-Christmas show at Warehouse Live, which might explain why the night felt more like a high-school reunion than a concert. Or, given the cross-section of ages - bluehairs to young pups, scruffy indie boys to Oxford-clad future bank VPs - maybe a family reunion.

Either way, it was a party. The half of the crowd that wasn't shouting Carll's lyrics was engaged in animated conversation, couples two-stepped and twirled to "Take Me Away" and "Willing to Love Again," one girl who looked awfully young had to be helped to the restroom by her friend; another spilled beer all over Carll's posters on the merch table.

In other words, it was almost exactly the kind of situation Carll would write about in one of his songs.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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