Hayes plays - for free

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 – Hunter Hayes will visit the streets of downtown Nashville with his second annual free concert on Monday, Nov. 2, kicking off a CMA Awards week that will culminate with the release of his latest collection, "The 21 Project."

The new disc drops on Friday, Nov. 6.

Portions of the show will be taped to air as part of a live broadcast during the CMA Awards red carpet coverage on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Doors for the late night jam will open at 9 p.m. outside of Bridgestone Arena. The show starts at 10:30 p.m.

Fans will get to hear new music from Hayes' latest collection, "The 21 Project." Featuring seven songs -- including his current single "21" -- the limited edition, three-disc set features songs in acoustic, studio and live settings. Hayes produced the project with longtime collaborator, Dann Huff.

Hayes will launch the first leg of his 21 Tour at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. this Thursday, Oct. 22.

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The 21 Project CD review - The 21 Project
It's impossible to not be impressed with the variety Hunter Hayes has packed in his brief, seven-song "The 21 Project." The diminutive singer/songwriter proves himself to be the master of multiple song styles - even with such a short project. Each song is presented three times (studio, acoustic and live). Perhaps Hayes' greatest lyrical character trait is empathy, which he reveals again with "Where It All Begins," a track he both wrote and recorded with superstar »»»
Storyline CD review - Storyline
A few things changed since Hunter Hayes debuted in 2011, but the bottom line remains the same - Hayes has a syrupy smooth and sweet voice, but there's not a tremendous amount of depth there to his feel good material. Hayes struck it rich the first time out on his major label debut garnering 3 top 10 songs including "I Want Crazy." The Louisiana native also was a one-man band playing and singing all parts. That's not the case this time as he ceded CO-directorial control to Dann Huff. »»»
Encore (deluxe) CD review - Encore (deluxe)
Hunter Hayes rereleased his debut self-titled album with a few additional tracks and three rerecorded ones. In any other genre of music, the new songs would have simply been released as an EP, but for some inexplicable reason, country music seems to be reluctant to embrace that form. The 800,000 fans who already own the original may find it irritating to pay full price for 5 new songs. People who have not warmed up to Hayes maple syrup smooth voice and decidedly pop version of country probably »»»