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.

Lovers and Leavers is already receiving widespread critical acclaim:

“…a set of songs that are very personal in nature, and full of extraordinary insight.” —Austin American-Statesman

“…a startlingly personal set of songs, powerfully stripped back from the raucous, clever narratives that have been Carll’s hallmark.” —The Austin Chronicle

“…if the lead single, ‘The Love That We Need,’ is any indication, it’s going to be his masterpiece.” —The Boot

“… perfectly captures the phases and stages of falling apart, facing the truth, falling in love and facing the fear and finding one’s heart in the process. Tentative, doubtful, shaky, mournful and yes, wonderstruck…” —Lonestar Music Magazine

“A wry Texas troubadour with a knack for crooked grace and a clever turn of phrase…Lovers and Leavers…is full of tunes that feel cracked wide open: earnest, self-reflective, unguarded. “ —The New York Times

“This album may initially sound like it’s about the end of something, but it’s really the beginning.”—No Depression

“Depicting failure of such a private, ordinary variety, without any colorful exaggeration or comic relief, is an exacting art. Turns out Carll’s excellent at it.” —NPR Music

“…the finest work of his career…” — Paste Magazine

“…a roadmap to love: from the uncomfortable last gasps of a marriage in ‘The Love That We Need,’ to ‘Sake of the Song,’ an ode to the muse of songwriting, to ‘Good While it Lasted,’ a nearly matter-of-fact resignation that romance is sometimes as ephemeral as it is exhilarating.” —Rolling Stone Country

“His latest offering is another soothing gem…It’s a bare, poetic plea with nothing but melodic, twangy guitars, congo drums and Carll’s smooth voice.” —Stereogum

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’.

For more information, please contact Mary Moyer 212.741.1000, Asha Goodman 615.320.7753 or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

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


(additional dates to be announced)

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 24 /// Newport, RI /// Newport Folk Festival
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