Hayes Carll Reimagines Past Songs on New Acoustic Album, “Alone Together Sessions”

Hayes Carll Reimagines Past Songs on New Acoustic Album, “Alone Together Sessions”

Typically touring troubadour Hayes Carll used his downtime during the pandemic to record a new album, Alone Together Sessions, which will drop on Sept. 4. The 11-song album features acoustic versions of 10 of Hayes’ past songs, as well as a duet with wife Allison Moorer on Merle Haggard’s “That’s the Way Love Goes.”

“It’s probably good to pause every now and then, to take stock of everything,” says Hayes. “When you make your living playing out there for people, you’re constantly in motion. That momentum doesn’t leave much time for thinking about what happened, let alone what it all means. How often does someone get to go back in, change the rhythms, turn up guitars, shift the perspective of a lyric or the delivery of a vocal? The more I sang these songs, the more I learned about them.”

Produced by Darrell Scott, the new album includes fan-favorite tunes from Hayes’ past catalog, such as “Bad Liver and a Broken Heart,” “Wild as a Turkey” and “Drunken Poet’s Dream,” which features vocals from the song’s co-writer, Ray Wylie Hubbard. Hayes recorded his late-night performances from the solitude of his Nashville residence.

Alone Together Sessions Track List

  1. “Arkansas Blues”
  2. “Drunken Poet’s Dream”
  3. “Times Like These”
  4. “Bad Liver And A Broken Heart”
  5. “Down The Road Tonight”
  6. “That’s The Way Love Goes”
  7. “KMAG YOYO”
  8. “Bye Bye Baby”
  9. “Sake Of The Song”
  10. “Beaumont”
  11. “Wild As A Turkey”

Listen to “Down the Road Tonight” below.

photo by Jim Casey

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter