Tuesday, August 5
Travis Linville – 7 pm; Hayes Carll 8 pm
2025 2nd Ave Northwest
Great Falls, Montana 59404
Tickets – $20 in advance, $25 day of show
Don’t Forget your lawn chair!
Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking.
In a world of shallow and shallower, where it’s all groove and gloss, that might seem a hopeless proposition. Last year, “Another Like You,” Carll’s stereotype’s attract duet of polar opposites, was American Songwriter’s #1 Song of 2011 – and KMAG YOYO was the Americana Music Association’s #1 Album, as well as making Best of Lists for Rolling Stone, SPIN and a New York Times Critics Choice.
But more importantly than the critical acclaim is the way Carll connects with music lovers across genres lines. Playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE, he and his band the Gulf Coast Orchestra merge a truculent singer/songwriter take that combines Ray Wylie Hubband’s lean freewheeling squalor with Todd Snider’s brazen Gen Y reality and a healthy dose of love amongst unhealthy people.
“I guess you could say I write degenerate love songs,” Carll says. “That, and songs about people who’re wedged between not much and even less; people who see how hopeless it is and somehow make it work anyway. “And the best kind of irony, sometimes, is applying no irony and letting reality do the work.”
Travis Linville was just about 21 and playing honky-tonks with a friend who also performed with country crooner Claude Gray. Gray happened to give Willie Nelson his first hit with a 1960 recording of “Family Bible,” which earned him an invite to play one of Nelson’s Fourth of July picnics. Linville got to tag along. “I ended up playing onstage with Willie Nelson at that young age,” Linville says, still marveling at the experience. That’s when the proverbial lightbulb flicked on, providing the illumination he needed to see beyond playing in cover bands. “It was a turning point,” he says, “from being a young kid underaging it in the seedy honky-tonk world to trying to do something original with my music.”
Clearly, he’s succeeded, earning not only reverence from fans, but respect from his peers. Two-time Americana Music Award-winner Carll says of his bandmate, “Travis Linville writes, plays and sings music the way it’s supposed to be done, with depth, heart and soul. He’s one of my all-time favorite musicians.”
But Linville’s motivations extend beyond playing. He and former Dirtybird partner McClure produced many recording projects together before Linville tackled his own 20-track collection of demos, See You Around. He recorded most of Sun or Moon there although it also contains elements recorded at longtime musical partner Trent Bell’s Bell Labs Recording studio, with percussion added at drummer Chris Foreman’s attic studio in Chickasha.
“I feel almost like this record is my first,” he says. “It’s my sixth, I guess. But it’s been so long, and little things that are part of life or being in a band have changed for me through the years. Sometimes these twists and turns kept me from making or releasing the record that I felt was 100 percent what I was trying to do.”
Upon completion of your purchase your name will be added to a list at the door; you will not be mailed tickets. Please bring a photo ID for entry. Thank you!