Songwriter - Hayes Carll
I heard this great song with the hook, "She left me for Jesus." I haven't been able to get it out of my head, so today I tracked it down on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyxEO9dqi44. I also searched for lyrics and discovered Hayes Carll.
I ended up going through a number of his songs and have become a huge fan. A few things that really impressed me:
1) Great hooks - Another song was "A Bad Liver and Broken Heart." Need I say more?
2) Simple chords, but memorable melodies - After hearing once, I can remember the melodies.
3) Each verse gets better - At Song School, Peter Himmelman talked about making the second verse better than the first. Hayes Carll has that down, with the best in the third verse.
4) Short but sweet - I didn't check the timings, but I'm sure they are around 3:00 minutes.
I've now got three Hayes Carll songs that will make it round the campfire.