Hayes Carll Drops New Song, “The Love That We Need”

Hayes Carll

In anticipation of his forthcoming record—Lovers and Leavers—country singer-songwriter Hayes Carll released “The Love That We Need.” The new song premiered on NPR Music earlier this week, providing fans with a taste of what’s to come when Lovers and Leavers drops on Apr. 8.

The album will be Carll’s first since 2011, when he released KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) to critical acclaim. Lovers and Leavers consists of ten tracks that were recorded live during a five-day stint in Los Angeles. The full track list can be seen below.

For this record, fans should expect to see vulnerability from the Grammy-nominated artist.

Lovers and Leavers isn’t funny or raucous. There are very few hoots and almost no hollers,” Carll says in a press release. “But it is joyous, and it makes me smile.”

Most recently, Carll received a Grammy nomination for his song “Chances Are.” The track, which is on KMAG YOYO, was also recorded by Lee Ann Womack and is in the running for “Best Country Song” at this year’s awards.

Carll is planning a widespread tour for Lovers and Leavers that will take him around the world. Check out a list of confirmed dates for the U.S., U.K. and Ireland below, and be on the lookout for more dates to be announced soon.


  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



January 22—San Antonio, TX—Sam’s Burger Joint

January 31—Boulder, CO—E-Town

February 4—Little Rock, AR—South on Main

February 5—Oklahoma City, OK—The Blue Door (2 shows)

February 6—Denton, TX—Dan’s Silverleaf

April 8—Austin, TX—Waterloo Records in-store

April 14—Houston, TX—The Cullen Theater

April 15—Driftwood, TX—Old Settler’s Music Festival

April 16—Dallas, TX—The Kessler Theater

April 21—London, U.K.—Kings Place

April 22—Bristol, U.K.—The Tunnels

April 24—Glasgow, U.K.—CCA

April 25—Newcastle, U.K.—Cluny 2

April 27—Manchester, U.K.—The Deaf Institute

April 28—Nottingham, U.K.—The Glee Club

April 29—Milton Keynes, U.K.—The Stables

May 1—Kilkenny, Ireland—Kilkenny Roots Festival

May 16—New York, NY—Joe’s Pub

May 17—New York, NY—Joe’s Pub

May 21—Pittsburgh, PA—Mr. Smalls Theater

May 22—Charleston, WV—Mountainstage

(additional dates to be announced)