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Little Rock

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Wish I Hadn't Stayed So Long
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Take Me Away
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Down The Road Tonight
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Good Friends
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Hey Baby Where You Been
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Rivertown
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Little Rock
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Leave Here Standing
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Sit In With The Band
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Long Way Home
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Chickens
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 40:16

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Great title cut...

nrmassey

and nice funky dance music

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Never heard of him, but...

grannyboo52

Some of the songs are really good! Just what part o' Texas is this boy from, though? Lived here all my life and never heard anyone talk with that "twang" in their voice. It almost kept me from listening to some good music.

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Little Rock

capnpaul

Awesome stuff!! How 'bout the other albums? Please don't keep us hanging!

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awesome voice and lyrics

conconstance

This guy is great. Hadn't really heard him until recently. Worth a listen for Alt country fans, classic country, or folk people. genre crossing style.

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More good stuff from Texas

troutbum

Hayes has a sharp lyrical sense. If you like Texas songwriters don't hesitate to download this album.

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Just heard Hayes on the radio

JollyRovingTar

The other guy is right if you like Steve Earl, you will like this, I do! The song I heard on Bob and Tom was 'Grateful for Christmas'; beautiful and sad, that's what I really needed to find, but this will do for now. Another wonderful discovery.

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A beauty

Urotom

If you like Steve Earle you will love this. Touching songs and great rock as well.

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Like a Young but Already Old Steve Earle

Stereocourier

...meaning, Carll has the young Earle's hunger, the elder Earle's wisdom, and ripe but worn voice. Hard to believe I'm the first eMusicer to review this album. It's a killer.

They Say All Music Guide

Little Rock is only Hayes Carll’s second album, but already he sounds like a veteran singer/songwriter. His tales of drifters and searchers, full of sharp observations and biting wit, invite comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, and Robert Earl Keen, while his talent has brought collaborations with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Guy Clark. For a Texas singer/songwriter, those are big shoes to fill, but the Houston native fills them admirably. Carll has said, with tongue undoubtedly in cheek, that he chose to write about Little Rock because there are already so many songs written about Texas, but the terrific title track ably demonstrates that he has no need for a songwriter inferiority complex. The rip-roaring tune, featuring ace sessionman Kenny Vaughn’s down-and-dirty guitar work, has Carll crisscrossing America searching for happiness before deciding to return to Little Rock. His up-tempo, rockier numbers — like the aforementioned “Little Rock,” the colorful front-porch rap “Down the Road Tonight” (that name-checks everyone from the Dali Llama to Michael Jackson), and the rollicking life-of-a-musician tune “Sit in With the Band” — jump off the disc and immediately grab the listener’s attention. But Carll is just as impressive on his quieter, more introspective tunes. “Long Way Home” is a touching ode to a departed friend, while the Earle-esque “Leave Here Standing” essays a relationship come undone. His gifts for observation and humor also are showcased on the vibrantly written opening track, “Wish I Hadn’t Stayed So Long,” and the western-style jazzy tale “Good Friends.” The former is a bittersweet journey through his past, while the latter, a duet with Allison Moorer about his old high school buddies, finds Carll pondering, “where did all my good friends go.” With just two albums under his belt, Hayes Carll has stepped into the forefront of the Texas troubadour scene. – Michael Berick

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