A few days after the hustle and bustle of Christmas, with a giant wreath still lit above the doorway behind them, Grammy-nominated roots singer/songwriter Hayes Carll was joined by alternative country artist Allison Moorer for a low-key night of personal music in the Chandelier Lobby of the F.M. Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Fresh from a live “Austin City Limits” performance that will air on PBS on Jan. 21, Carll has been on the road in support of his new critically-acclaimed album, “Lovers and Leavers,” released back in April. Moorer’s latest, “Down to Believing,” came out last year, and she opened the night with some of those songs before joining Carll on stage later in the night.
Highlights included “Sake of the Song,” which aptly represents the Texas troubadour’s plainspoken storytelling style, known for hits like “Another Like You” and “She Left Me for Jesus.” He explained where his poetic songwriting came from in a PBS interview a few months back:
The next entry in the Kirby Center’s “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” series will be “The Holiday Reunion Concert” tonight, Dec. 30, at 7 p.m., featuring the reunions of local bands Underground Saints and The Five Percent, along with Bret Alexander, Aaron Fink & The Fury, Death Valley Dreams, and the Tony Halchak Band.
Photos by Amanda Hrycyna Photography
by Rich Howells
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