BREAKING: Walker Hayes Apologizes To Fans As Illness Forces Abrupt Postponement Of Orange Beach Concert

“I’m super disappointed to have to do this to you guys,” Hayes somberly shared.


Lauren Jo Black

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June 24, 2023


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Walker Hayes; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Walker Hayes is feeling under the weather and has been forced to postpone his Orange Beach, Alabama concert. 

Originally scheduled for Saturday, June 24 at The Wharf Amphitheater, the concert will now take place on July 25. 

Hayes took to social media with an emotional video message for fans just hours before the concert to reveal the unfortunate news.

“Hey, what’s up Orange Beach? Walker here, I’m super disappointed to have to do this to you guys. It’s been a crazy weekend and I just tried to power through the shows and I don’t feel like I can give y’all the best that I’ve got to give tonight so we’re going to have to reschedule,” the “Fancy Like” singer shared in a video message. “I’m disappointed as can be and hope y’all will understand. I hope y’all accept my apology and hope to see y’all on July 25th for the makeup date. Again, I’m so sorry and let me get well and well be back.”

The news comes just hours after Hayes performed in Nashville, Tennessee at Ascend Amphitheater with special guests Ingrid Andress and Ray Fulcher on Friday, June 23.   

He continued, “I’m so disappointed to be writing this right now, but I have to postpone my show tonight in Orange Beach at The Warf. I fought all day yesterday to be able to do the show in Nashville but woke up today in much worse shape. When you guys are spending your hard-earned money to come out and see us, I never want to give anything less than 100%. The show will be rescheduled for July 25th and I promise it will be worth the wait.”

All original tickets will be honored for the new date. Refunds are available at the point of purchase until July 24, 2023, if you are no longer able to make it to the show.

Walker Hayes; Photo by Robert Chavers
Walker Hayes; Photo by Robert Chavers

Hayes is in the midst of his Duck Buck Tour, which kicked off on April 13 in Rosemont, Illinois. Since then, the tour has made stops in cities such as Evansville, Indiana, Boston, Massachusetts, and Jacksonville, Florida.

Hayes’ Duck Buck Tour will continue through August 5, where the trek wraps up in Sterling Heights, Michigan at Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre. The 22-date tour features support from Chris Lane, Nicolle Galyon, BRELAND, Ray Fulcher, and Ingrid Andress.

The tour gets its name from the chorus of the title track off Hayes’ most recent album, Country Stuff The Album, in which the Mobile, AL native celebrates the trademarks of life in the country. “I like shooting ducks and bucks / I like mud tires on my trucks / I like old blue jeans, guitar strings and dirt roads,” Hayes sings in the chorus of “Country Stuff.”

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Since the release of “Country Stuff,” the Duck Buck has become Hayes’ signature and now appears on his merch, across his social media channels, and within his music videos after fans grew to adore the visual.

In March, Hayes released a special two-pack project titled, being a dad and missing mine. It included the tracks “6 string American dream” and “if father time had a daughter.”

“Been waiting to get these two songs out for a long time,” Hayes shared in a press release. “As I look at the body of work and the songs I’m sitting on, I think about what I want to say – and this is what I want to say to the world right now. These songs wreck me in different ways and it’s my hope that everyone that listens will leave feeling real feelings.”

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While performing at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater, Hayes shared a special moment with his daughter, Loxley “Lolly” Hayes when they joined together to perform “If Father Time Had A Daughter.” With Hayes taking the lead while strumming an acoustic guitar, the 9-year-old sweetly harmonized with her father. 

Hayes’ wife, Laney, captured the extraordinary duet on video. The country singer later shared the moment on social media

“These are just some really really really good years,” his caption began, referencing the lyrics of the song.

He went on to share his gratitude for what he called “perhaps the best show we’ve ever had.” 

“I am grateful,” he wrote. “Will never forget this moment with Lolly.”  

Re-live the special moment above. 

Walker Hayes next tour date is set for Friday, June 30 in Dauphin, Canada. Fans can visit his official website for a complete list of upcoming tour dates.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.