Hayes Carll is a country singer and songwriter from Texas. He released his debut album, Flowers and Liquor, in 2002 to wide critical acclaim. He also developed a loyal following in the Houston area through regular appearances in local venues. After turning down a multi-album deal from Sugar Hill Records, his second album, Little Rock, was released under his own label, Highway 87 Records. It was produced by notable country music figure R.S. Field. It became the first self-released album to reach number one on the Americana music charts.