Features the song "Chances Are" which was nominated for the 2016 Grammy for Best Country Song!
Lost Highway's own Hayes Carll releases his full-length album KMAG YOYO (&
Other American Stories) on limited edition clear vinyl! The album is his
follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Trouble In Mind and features such live
favorites as "Hard Out Here", "Another Like You", & "Grateful For Christmas".
Hayes Carll hasn't been resting on his laurels since topping critics polls and
winning awards for his 2008 album, Trouble In Mind. Instead, he's been on the
road nearly nonstop with his band, "The Poor Choices" blasting through honky
tonks and rock clubs across the U.S. and beyond. Along the way, he's been
inspired to write a crop of new tunes that the acclaimed songwriter says are "a
layman's take on our country - a snapshot of America in some small way." The
result: the sharply drawn collection KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories), his
second release from Lost Highway. KMAG YOYO is pronounced "kay-mag, yo-yo".
A military acronym that stands for "Kiss my ass guys, you're on your own", the
title track is one of a dozen songs that brings to life such rich characters as
its protagonist, a young Army foot soldier in Afghanistan who becomes a Pentagon
guinea pig. The scorching guitars of "KMAG YOYO" equate to musical adrenaline,
while the hallucinatory tale of military intrigue unfolds.
Fiery rock, twangy country, pensive folk and even a touch of gospel comprise
KMAG YOYO's sonic palette, produced by Brad Jones (also at the helm for Trouble
In Mind). Rather than enter the studio with a batch of completed material, Carll
and his band picked up where they'd left off on stage - jamming on riffs they'd
developed on the road. "I wanted to challenge myself musically," says Carll, "
and see if I could capture that live dynamic. A lot of the songs came with the
music first, with the music calling the lyrics." After completing the
instrumental tracks with the band, Carll set to work, his witty wordplay
matching the temper of the instrumentation. The honky-tonkin' "Hard Out Here",
with its raucous sing-along chorus, and the full-on rocker "Stomp and Holler"
document denizens making the best of the economic downturn, including one
frustrated performer in "Stomp" who claims, "I'm like James Brown, only white
• 10th Anniversary Edition Vinyl
• Gatefold jacket
• Lyrics included
Scott Davis, electric, acoustic, baritone guitars, accordion, mandolin, backing vocals on "Hard Out Here"
Kenny Smith, drums, percussion
Ricky Ray Jackson, pedal steel, electric guitar, banjo on "Bottle In my Hand"
John Michael Schoepf, bass, tenor guitar on "Bottle In My Hand"
Brad Jones, piano, stand up bass on "Bottle In My Hand"
Matt Mollica, piano on "Hard Out Here"
Cary Ann Hearst, vocals on "Another Like You"
Corb Lund and Todd Snider, guest vocals on "Bottle In My Hand"
Bonnie Whitmore, harmonies on "The Lovin' Cup" and "Chances Are"
John Evans, harmonies on "Grand Parade"
James Nixon, background vocals on "Hide Me"
1. Stomp and Holler
2. Hard Out Here
3. Chances Are
4. Grand Parade
5. KMAG YOYO
6. Another Like You
7. The Letter
8. Bye Bye Baby
9. The Lovin' Cup
10. Bottle In My Hand
11. Hide Me
Bonus 7" 45rpm vinyl:
12. Grateful For Christmas