Walker Hayes sets to release digital EP
Monday, September 13, 2010
– Walker Hayes will release his self-titled EP to digital retailers Tuesday, Sept. 21, Capitol Nashville Records announced today. The EP features four songs including Hayes' newly released debut single Pants, Kitchen Table, Cherry Stem
The Alabama native was invited to open two shows for Toby Keith and his "American Ride" tour this Friday at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb. and on Saturday at the Midwest Band Amphitheater in Chicago.
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Walker Hayes has a lot of Sam Hunt in his music, in that he mixes a lot of hip-hop in with his country. Traditionalists will have trouble with his unorthodox approach. Kids, though, raised on just as much Drake as Paisley, will likely eat it up. A few years back, it was Lynyrd Skynyrd and Allman Brothers (mixed with a touch of AC/DC) influencing country sounds. It only makes sense rap and R&B are now impacting country recordings. But also like Hunt, there's good to be found in Haye's ...
On his debut, Walker Hayes seems to be aiming for the tongue-in-cheek country rock territory inhabited by Brad Paisley. But without the obvious undercurrent of good humor and genuine affection that softens Paisley's work, he paints a rather grim picture of the state of male-female relations.
Hayes has apparently yet to meet a sexual metaphor he can't put to bad use. It's only four songs long, and from beginning to end, the EP maintains a firm focus on sex. ...