I'm a day late and a schooner short of this mini-review of Hayes Carll's sold-out set at the Sunset Friday night, on account of severe technical difficulties with my home computing apparatus (well, my entire home apparatus, actually). Anyhoo, I'll be brief: Carll and his band adroitely plowed through most of their fine LP, Trouble In Mind, and sprinkled in some rootsy scorchers for good measure, this being an appropriately rowdy crowd for a Friday at the Sunset, where drinking anything other than Rainier just feels unnatural.
Carll, who's from South Texas, has a Wooderson-like charm onstage, where he eschewed standard cowpoke garb for a knit Mexican poncho, a look favored by collegiate stoners throughout North America. He's also a total ringer for Ben Best, one of the stars of the hilarious tae kwon do comedy, The Foot Fist Way, which he also co-wrote (Best also had a cameo in Superbad, as the guy who recognizes the blood on Jonah Hill's pants to be from a young woman's period). Anytime an entertainer reminds you of Wooderson and Ben Best, well, that's about perfect for a Friday. This 'ol boy's got a bright future in front of him.