Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hayes Carll and Crystal Beach

From Hayes Carll's website:

Hayes Carll, who spent four years honing his songwriting in the bars of Crystal Beach, is currently in England where, manager Mike Crowley says, “he’s devastated about the complete destruction of Crystal Beach.” Crowley says Carll is writing something that he’ll post soon on his web site. We’ll publish it here when it’s available.

“It’s all gone,” Crowley says of the working class town on Galveston Bay’s Bolivar Peninsula. “I’ve seen the footage and it looks like a tornado hit. It’s just concrete slabs.”

Carll hosts the Stingaree Music Festival on Crystal Beach each April. His Highway 87 label is named after the road that takes you to the seaside town, “where the cops all know your number and the bars all know your name.” Carll’s three albums are inhabited by the roughhewn characters, the shrimpers and oil workers and beach bums he met while playing at places like Bob’s, which are no longer there.

Now, virtually all that’s left of Crystal Beach are those songs.

5 comments:

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

It's hard to be so far from home when something like this happens...

Jack said...

If I were just a plane ride away, I'd be heading out to the Luminaire (the UK's self-proclaimed best live music venue) to catch tonight's show.

http://www.theluminaire.co.uk/

And get a fake ID for the kid. It's 18 and up only.

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Jack--18 and up? Well, so much for that idea! Plus there's this little thing about it being a school night. We'll just have to make our own little Texas right here in the English boonies. I think chips and salsa would do it.

Steve said...

I've actually adopted an "after" picture as a sign of hope and I'm using it as the background on my desktop. Maybe Bob's isn't that far gone... http://www.suzyjamesphotography.com/gallery/6019203_MZghG#376656259_TMZNT-A-LB

Laurie said...

Just and Jack - I know Hayes would love to see fellow Texans, especially at a time like this and being so far from home.

Steve - Fabulous pics!