Hayes Carll fans have been waiting 5 long years for a new album. Well, the wait is over!
Over four albums Carll has carried in a Tecas songwriting tradition of heart-on-sleeve and sung with a wry smile also reflected in the works of Guy Clark , Townes Van Zandt, Lyle Lovett and Kelly Willis. His newest release ‘Lovers and Leavers,’ (April 8th through Thirty Tigers) was recorded late last year in Los Angeles with producer Joe Henry, appears to have a darker edge.
From the press release “I’m a singer-songwriter, [and] I think Lovers and Leavers comes closer to reflecting that than any other record I’ve made.”
“I didn’t have one song that I knew would be a sing along or would make people dance,” Carll reflects. “I felt vulnerable in a way that I hadn’t in a long time. But I got what I wanted — a record with space, nuance, and room to breathe. It felt right for my art. It felt right for my life.
“Lovers and Leavers isn’t funny or raucous,” he continues. “There are very few hoots and almost no hollers. But it’s joyous, and it makes me smile. No, it’s not my Blood on the Tracks, nor is it any kind of opus. It’s my fifth record — a reflection of a specific time and place. It is quiet, like I wanted it to be.”
Hear the song, “The Love That We Need” below. The song is co-written by Carll, Jack Ingram, and Allison Moorer.
Hayes Carll’s song “Chances Are” is nominated for the “Best Country Song” Grammy. The song is an outstanding cut from Lee Ann Womack’s latest ‘The Way I’m Livin’.
Lovers and Leavers track list:
“Sake of the Song”
“Good While It Lasted”
“You Leave Alone”
“The Love That We Need”
“Love Don’t Let Me Down”
“The Magic Kid”
“Love Is So Easy”