The latest in a string of clever outlaw Texas singer-songwriters that run to the likes of Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle, Hayes Carll is a honky-tonk bard whose "other American stories" (as his new album is subtitled) are sharp vignettes from barrooms and beyond. Most of the songs on KMAG YOYO are laced with pedal steel and twang. But the title cut ("Kiss My Ass Guys You're on Your Own" in military jargon) tears on a jag virtually identical to Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" while giving the riveting account of a hapless soldier in Afghanistan. Carll and guest vocalist Cary Ann Hearst make like a contemporary George Jones and Tammy Wynette on a bickering mating dance called "Another Like You." Opening will be Hearst (whose voice sometimes suggests Neko Case's) and partner Michael Trent, a.k.a. Shovels & Rope, a South Carolina duo mining a compelling blend of country, blues, and '60s pop and rock. 18+.
Tue., April 5, 7 p.m., 2011