Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind

by Hayes Carll

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The Americana singer/songwriter rises from the Stephen King approved indie ranks to the major-label sweepstakes on his third release, and first for Lost Highway. It's a strong if characteristic collection of rugged country folk-rock sung with Hayes Carll's Texas drawl, that seems to be somewhat exaggerated so that we know he's from the land of Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, and Guy Clark, some obvious influences that snake through these 14 tracks. He's been there and done that, struggling through years of the hard living that informs tunes such as the humorous take on his trying times detailed in the self-explanatory "I Got a Gig." The usual suspect topics of heavy drinking, bad wimmen, hell raisin', misplaced love and life along the lost highway dominate the lyrics, and even though Carll isn't exploring these well-worn subjects in particularly new ways, his melodies, words, and especially his professional backing are strong enough to put them over in tunes that aren't as clichéd as the topics covered. He also has a wry, dry sense of humor, best exemplified in "She Left Me for Jesus" ("She left me for Jesus," and that just ain't fair, she says that 'he's perfect.' How could I compare"). Carll is clearly a Tom Waits fan; he sings Waits' "I Don't Want to Grow Up" with an effective amount of irony already built into the tune. "Bad Liver and a Broken Heart" (interestingly not the Waits tune) is another cover, this one from Canadian Scott Nolan, given a peppy, rocking, Stones styled makeover that epitomizes the album's areas of emphasis. Carll is occasionally too cutesy for his own good as on "Girl Downtown," a singsongy tale with a simplistic melody that trips over its own sardonic intentions. Multi-instrumentalist/producer Brad Jones frames these tunes with terrific backing musicians highlighted by veteran Al Perkins' always inventive pedal steel. It all sounds great; full when it needs to be but sparse enough to shake off any concerns previous fans of Carll's indie releases might have about a major-label sellout.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2008
Label: Lost Highway
UPC: 0602517544666
catalogNumber: 001045201

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hayes Carll   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Dan Baird   Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
George Bradfute   Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Pat Buchanan   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Electric Guitar
John Gardner   Percussion,Drums
Brad Jones   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Vibes
Robert Kearns   Vocal Harmony
Darrell Scott   Slide Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Brad Fordham   Bass
Lisa Pankratz   Drums
Chris Carmichael   Violin
Fats Kaplin   Dobro,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Violin,Lap Steel Guitar
Will Kimbrough   Banjo,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Thad Cockrell   Vocal Harmony
Carl Broemel   Electric Guitar
Carey Kotsionis   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Brian Keane   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Ray Wylie Hubbard   Composer
Mark Addison   Engineer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Brad Jones   Producer,Engineer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Hayes Carll   Composer
José Luis González   Illustrations

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Trouble in Mind 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fascinating to see that both here and on Amazon people, who liked Hayes Carll also like Tom Petty's retro band Mudcrutch. I really don't like country music though every time I play this guy, people call it country. I'm more of a Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits, Bob Dylan kind of person. If you like WFUV's "Fordham University public radio" City Folk, this fella is for you. I like "Trouble in Mind" but I *love* his older stuff "Little Rock" and "Flowers & Liquor" Give it a try - it's a discount price for something you'll play a lot. NB- he does a helluva concert if you get the chance. Good songwriting with Dylan-esque twists of phrase but he also has a knack for doing covers better than the original artists eg Tom Waits, Greg Brown, Bill Morrissey, Scott Nolan
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