Four of Carll's songs appeared the 2010 film Country Strong, with Gwyneth Paltrow in the starring role.
Now firmly established as a next-generation singer and writer in the Townes Van Zandt/Guy Clark/Ray Wylie Hubbard style of maverick country-folk, Carll released a second album for Lost Highway, KMAG YOYO (the title comes from the military and is an abbreviation for “Kiss My Ass Guys, You’re On Your Own”), in 2011. The album won the Americana Music Association's Album of the Year award and was placed on several year-end best-of lists by various media outlets. Carll and Lost Highway parted company the following year. He and his wife also divorced. He began reassessing his career while never quite taking a break. Though he managed to stick closer to Austin, he still toured the U.S. and Europe regularly over the next few years. Lee Ann Womack covered his song "Chances Are" and scored a hit. The song, its performer, and songwriter, all received Grammy nominations in 2015. In January 2016, Carll issued the pre-release single "The Love That We Need," co-written with Allison Moorer and Jack Ingram. The album Lovers and Leavers, recorded with Joe Henry, followed in April on Thirty Tigers. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi