Hayes Carll is a singer/songwriter from The Woodlands, Texas currently signed to Lost Highway Records.
Raised in a Houston suburb by two working parents (who he has identified as "liberal"), Carll has cited influences in his youth from such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and John Prine to Jack Kerouac and Dead Poets Society. He received his first guitar at 15. After graduating high school he left for Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where he graduated with a history degree in 1998. He detassled corn for a summer before moving to Crystal Beach of Galveston, Texas, where he began playing his own songs at local bars.
Hayes moved to Austin, the unofficial music capital (as well as official capital) of Texas, where he found little success. He was so unsuccessful, in fact, that he even resorted to selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. He eventually decided to go back home and began regularly playing shows again, from Houston to Galveston, notably frequenting McGonigel's Mucky Duck in Houston.
After developing a following in the Houston area, Carll signed a one-album contract with Compadre Records. They released his debut Flowers and Liquor in 2002. Immediately embraced by critics, the album garnered comparisons to Townes Van Zandt. The Houston Press went so far as to name him the best folk act and best new artist of 2002. Hayes' tunes are ragged and often autobiographical songs about "lying around the house" playing guitar, being lonely, and drowning his sorrows in alcohol. The record also includes ballads such as "Easy Come Easy Go" and "Richey Lee," two observational narratives that display his storytelling talents.
After turning down a multi-album deal from Sugar Hill Records, his second album, Little Rock, was released under his own label, Highway 87 Records. It was produced by notable country music figure R.S. Field. It became the first self-released album to reach number one on the Americana music charts. In May of 2006, Carll announced that he is signed with Lost Highway records.
Hayes has written songs with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Guy Clark, among others. Additionally, Carll has had success on the national Americana radio charts, receiving an Americana Award for Little Rock. He is considered a main figure in the resurgence of Texas songwriters, writing in the Dylan-influenced tradition of Clark and Townes Van Zandt.
Matt and Kim:
The main difference between Matt and Kim and most hugely talented and popular music groups is simple: The down-to-earth duo are people that you'd probably want to hang out with. Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino embody the friends you've had that started playing tour dates in someone's garage; except that the duo is becoming a bigger success with each new album and expanding concert schedule. Matt and Kim's latest success, the album Sidewalks, has lead to a full concert schedule lately, and the Brooklyn dance party continues with the onset of 2011 tour dates for the Sidewalks Tour. The Sidewalks Tour will feature The Thermals and DJ Autobot and begins on May 31 in Philadelphia. The tour will wind across the United States, with a stop at Bonnaroo on June 10, before ending in Boston on June 30.The tour won't be the only tour dates on the concert schedule in 2011, as Matt and Kim are keeping busy with multiple tours this summer.
Matt and Kim met at Pratt Institute in New York in the early 2000s, and much of their musical origins is shrouded in mystery. Before Matt learned to play the keyboard and Kim learned to play the drums, they were coerced into playing their first show in 2004. The spark created by their performance fueled a number of DIY shows in Brooklyn, as well as their first EP, titled To/From which was burned on a laptop on the way to performances. Tale of Matt and Kim spread throughout New York City and they released their debut self-titled album in 2006. The album was a hit with both fans and critics, spurring a number of tour dates at music festivals like Lollapalooza in 2007.
Shortly after their breakout success, Matt and Kim released their album, Grand, in early 2009. Matt and Kim hit the big time with this one, with the album's lead single "Daylight" appearing in numerous television shows, commercials, and movies. Hits turned to sensations with the premier of the music video for the single "Lessons Learned," which saw Matt and Kim streaking through Times Square. The video won an MTV Video Music Award for Breakthrough Video and showed the world (along with a lot of skin) that Matt and Kim weren't one-trick ponies. In a demonstration of their humility and good nature, the duo began donating proceeds of their concert schedule to various charities.
Matt and Kim continue their meteoric rise to fame with their latest album, Sidewalks, which was released in November of 2010. The album's single, "Cameras," has become a huge success and led to a plethora of tour dates in 2011. With an ongoing concert schedule, Matt and Kim have even more high energy tour dates lined up in 2011. Matt and Kim have three European tour dates in 2011, including stops in Paris, Huntington, and at the Melt! Festival in Berlin. Matt and Kim's busy concert schedule continues in September 2011, where Matt and Kim will play tour dates to much larger arena crowds on the Honda Civic Tour. Matt and Kim's 2011 tour dates culminate in a show at the Hollywood Bowl on October 8, effectively ending their concert schedule for the year. Fans of music, Matt & Kim, and dancing better not miss one of the Sidewalks Tour's tour dates in 2011; because Matt & Kim know that it's not always great to be caught with your pants down.
Up-and-comers Dawes are taking mainstream music by storm with folk rock that has a bit of a modern, LA edge to it. With only two albums out, Dawes is receiving recognition from the music industry for their acclaimed tour dates with legends like Alison Krauss, Robbie Robertson, and Jackson Browne. It is this live quality that the band has once again captured on their latest album, Nothing Is Wrong, and can also be heard on Dawes' co-headlining tour dates in 2011.
The band was created out of a previous post-punk band called Simon Dawes after their co-songwriter quit. The group then decided to shift their sound towards folk rock, inspired by Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith's grandfather (fiddler Dawes Lafayette Goldsmith) and their father (Sweathog and Tower of Power alum Lenny Goldsmith). Living in Laurel Canyon, outside of Los Angeles, Dawes played jam sessions with the likes of Conor Oberst, Chris Robinson, and Jenny Lewis which, when combined with popular tour dates in LA clubs, led to a record contract. Their debut album, North Hills, was recorded in live in a Laurel Canyon home and gave their classic / folk rock style an authentic sound that critics and audiences applauded.
Dawes' latest album, Nothing Is Wrong, features songs that were born on stage, once again giving their music a quality that is often compared to that of Crosby, Stills, and Nash and Bruce Springsteen. Fans can discover the band's hit sound for themselves on Dawes' upcoming 2011 tour dates in the US. After supporting Alison Krauss and Union Station in August and September, Dawes will co-headline a tour with Blitzen Trapper (with special guests Belle Brigade and Smoke Fairies) throughout October and November. Dawes's tour dates in 2011 end on November 15, so be sure to buy your tickets on Eventful today.
The Avett Brothers:
If you put your ear to the street, you can hear the rumble of the world in motion; people going to and from work, to school, to the grocery store. You may even hear the whisper of their living rooms, their conversation, their complaints, and if you're lucky, their laughter. If you're almost anywhere in America , you'll hear something different, something special, something you recognize but haven't heard in a long time. It is the sound of a real celebration.
It is not New Year's, and it is not a political convention. It is neither a prime time game-show, nor a music video countdown, bloated with fame and sponsorship. What you are hearing is the love for a music. It is the unbridled outcry of support for a song that sings to the heart, that dances with the soul. The jubilation is in the theaters, the bars, the music clubs, the festivals. The love is for a band.
The songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. But, the heart and the energy with which they are sung, is really why people are talking, and why so many sing along.
They are a reality in a world of entertainment built with smoke and mirrors, and when they play, the common man can break the mirrors and blow the smoke away, so that all that's left behind is the unwavering beauty of the songs. That's the commotion, that's the celebration, and wherever The Avett Brothers are tonight, that's what you'll find.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals:
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals tour dates are scheduled at nearly 200 shows every year proving that they are one of the hardest working acts out there. According to the band, the prolific touring schedule allowed them to "shape and sharpen their sound the old-fashioned way, on stages in front of demanding crowds." With that kind of experience, Grace Potter and the Nocturnal concert dates have became a national phenomenon and they are about to break out huge with their latest single "Paris Ooh La La". Featuring the big vocals of lead singer Paris and the rock jams of the Nocturnals, the band's latest release has garnered heavy rotation on MTV. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals tour dates are booked on a national tour in support of their most recent album. Don't miss a date on the Grace Potter and The Nocturnals concert schedule; Use Eventful for tour dates and venue information.
The Vermont based group formed in 2002 when Matt Burr noticed Potter performing at St. Lawrence University. They coined the name Grace Potter and the Nocturnals the following year and released their indie album Nothing But the Water. While the release wasn't a national hit, the band went on to receive nominations at the Boston Music Awards in 2005 for Best New Local Act and Best Local Female Artist. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals extensive concert schedule certainly paid off in 2006 when they were awarded the Best New Groove award at the Jammy Awards.
The band returned to the studio and released their sophomore set This Is Somewhere in 2007. Grace and the Nocturnal tour dates were booked on the opening stage for Gov't Mule for their North American tour. While their albums were not making an impact on the charts, their singles were heating up on shows such as All My Children, ER, and Grey's Anatomy, where they appeared in dramatic sequences. The band also booked performances on Jay Leno and Good Morning America. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals tour dates were scheduled on their largest stage yet when they opened for Dave Matthews Band in New York for their three night stint at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
In 2009, the group hit the studio with legendary producer Mark Batson, to produce a new album. In the meantime, Grace and the Nocturnals tour dates were booked at the 2009 Bonnaroo Music Festival where they debuted their lead-off single "Tiny Light". They released their third album Grace Potter and the Nocturnals in 2010. It immediately debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200 and became their first album to chart. The band garnered mainstream attention with the single "Paris (Ooh La La)". To prove that success hasn't changed them, Grace and the Nocturnals concert schedule remains as active as ever. The band will be on tour throughout 2011 in support of their most recent cut, and hope to make further inroads to their career. Use Eventful as your source for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals tour dates and concert schedule information.