Hayes Carll shares ‘Magic Kid’ ahead of album release

Hayes Carll shares ‘Magic Kid’ ahead of album release

Ahead of his forthcoming album release and 8-date UK tour in April (inc London Kings Place on April 21), Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Hayes Carll has shared new single ‘Magic Kid’listen here.

The single is lifted from Hayes’ forthcoming album ‘Lovers and Leavers’, his fifth LP due out April 8th via Thirty Tigers (Jason Isbell, Sam Outlaw, Trampled By Turtles etc). Produced by Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg and Elvis Costello), the album has received early praise from the likes of Uncut, NPR, Rolling Stone and American Songwriter. The new record is his first since 2011’s acclaimed ‘KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories)’ – since that last album in 2011, Carll has been through divorce and since re-found love, thus the title and subject matter of Lovers and Leavers.





Lovers and Leavers, the new full-length album from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Hayes Carll, will be released April 8 via Thirty Tigers. Produced by Grammy-award winning producer and musician Joe Henry (Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt), the 10-track album was recorded live over five days in L.A. during the winter of 2015.

Lovers and Leavers is Carll’s fifth album and his first since 2011’s acclaimed, KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories). Widely praised by critics, The New York Times asserted, “[Carll] extends a worthy Texas tradition: the weathered, hard-drinking, weary but clear-eyed troubadour…,” while SPIN included him in their feature “The Next Big Things”. In the break between this forthcoming album and its predecessor though, as the title suggests, Carll went through a divorce before falling in love again. The one constant in this period of personal transition was songs: songs about his friends; songs about his son; songs about literal lovers and leavers; songs about acceptance; heck, even songs about songs. When Carll was ready to record and to document, Joe Henry was enlisted on production duty. With him, and some acoustic guitar, bass, piano and a touch of pedal steel of course, Lovers and Leavers was birthed just five days later.

Of the album, Carll comments:

“I didn’t have one song that I knew would be a sing along or would make people dance. 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. It’s quiet, like I wanted it to be. Like I wanted to be.”

Most recently, Carll was nominated for “Best Country Song” at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards for his song, “Chances Are.” Originally featured on KMAG YOYO, the song was recently re-recorded by Lee Ann Womack for her acclaimed 2014 album The Way I’m Livin’.

Carll will tour extensively in celebration of the record, including upcoming dates across the U.K. and Ireland. Additional performances in North America, Europe and Australia will be announced shortly.



April 21—London, U.K.—Kings Place                                            April 28—Nottingham, U.K.—The Glee Club

April 22—Bristol, U.K.—The Tunnels                                             April 29—Milton Keynes, U.K.—The Stables

April 24—Glasgow, U.K.—CCA                                                      May 1—Kilkenny, Ireland—Kilkenny Roots

April 25—Newcastle, U.K.—Cluny 2

April 27—Manchester, U.K.—The Deaf Institute

(Additional dates to be announced)

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