Joshua Hayes Carll (born January 9, 1976),[ known professionally as Hayes Carll, is a singer-songwriter. A native of The Woodlands, Texas, his style of roots-oriented songwriting has been noted for its plainspoken poetry and sarcastic humor.
After releasing his debut album, Flowers & Liquor, in 2002, Carll was voted Best New Act by the Houston Press.[Since then he’s been compared to other Texas songwriters, including Townes Van Zandt, who he said “ruined me and saved me at the same time,”. He released his second album, Little Rock, in 2004. Produced by R.S. Field, Little Rock was the first self-released album to reach #1 on the Americana Chart. Carll signed with Lost Highway records in 2006 and released his next album, Trouble in Mind, in 2008. It was ranked #60 of the year by The Village Voice.[ “She Left Me For Jesus,” which appeared on Trouble in Mind, was the Americana Music Association Song of the Year 2008. Four songs by Carll appeared in the 2010 film Country Strong, three of which also appeared on the film’s second soundtrack album, Country Strong: More Music from the Motion Picture