Hayes Carll Premieres video for “The Magic Kid” + US tour dates confirmed‏

Hayes Carll’s official music video for his track “The Magic Kid” premieres today on The Wall Street Journal. The song appears on Carll’s new album Lovers and Leavers, out now via Thirty Tigers (iTunes). Watch the video here: http://on.wsj.com/1VjCQTC.

In support of the record, Carll will be touring extensively in 2016, including upcoming U.S dates in Nashville, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more, following a run of shows in the U.K. and Ireland. A complete list of tour dates is below, with additional performances in Europe and Australia to be announced shortly.

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.

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.

‘Lovers and Leavers’ isn’t funny or raucous. There are very few hoots and almost no hollers.

But it is 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.” 

Lovers and Leavers is Carll’s first release 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: 11 Artists You Must Hear in 2011,” calling him a “silver-tongue-in-cheek country iconoclast.”

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.’



1. Drive

2. Sake Of The Song

3. Good While It Lasted

4. You Leave Alone

5. My Friends

6. The Love That We Need

7. Love Don’t Let Me Down

8. The Magic Kid

9. Love Is So Easy

10. Jealous Moon


April 21—London, U.K.—Kings Place

April 22—Bristol, U.K.—The Tunnels

April 24—Glasgow, U.K.—CCA

April 25—Newcastle, U.K.—Cluny 2

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

April 28—Nottingham, U.K.—The Glee Club

April 29—Milton Keynes, U.K.—The Stables

May 1—Kilkenny, Ireland—Kilkenny Roots Festival

May 11—Nashville, TN—The Basement East

May 12—Cincinnati, OH—20th Century Theater

May 13—Buffalo, NY—The Tralf

May 14—Toronto, ON—The Horseshoe Tavern

May 16—New York, NY—Joe’s Pub

May 17—New York, NY—Joe’s Pub

May 18—Philadelphia, PA—World Café

May 20—Washington, DC—The Hamilton

May 21—Pittsburgh, PA—Mr. Smalls Theater

May 22—Charleston, WV—Mountainstage

June 11—Fort Worth, TX—The Untapped Festival

June 15—Minneapolis, MN—The Varsity Theater

June 16—Milwaukee, WI—Colectivo

June 17—Chicago, IL—Lincoln Hall

June 18—Ann Arbor, MI—The Ark

June 19—Kent, OH—Kent Stage

June 22—St. Louis, MO—Off Broadway

June 23—Memphis, TN—The Levitt Shell

June 24—Indianapolis, IN—Old National Center

June 25—Effingham, IL—Moccasin Creek Festival

June 29—Louisville, KY—WFPK Waterfront Series

June 30—Birmingham, AL—The Saturn

July 1—Baton Rouge, LA—The Red Dragon

July 15—Portland, OR—Aladdin Theater

July 16—Seattle, WA—The Neptune

July 17—Vancouver, BC—The Vancouver Folk Festival

July 20—San Francisco, CA—Great American Music Hall

July 21—Los Angeles, CA—The Teragram

July 28—Lander, WY—City Festival

July 29—Sulphur Springs, MT—Red Ants Pants Festival

July 30—Missoula, MT—Top Hat Lounge

August 2—Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room

August 3—Denver, CO—The Bluebird Theater

August 5—Omaha, NE—The Waiting Room

August 6—Saint Charles, IA—Hinterland Music Festival

August 12—Challis, ID—Braun Brothers Reunion

August 19 & 20—Gruene, TX—Gruene Hall

August 28—Fayetteville, AR—Fayetteville Roots Festival

(additional dates to be announced)

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