Clay Walker Issues Statement After Profanity-Laced Rant On Tour Bus Driver Leaks Online

Walker says this incident occurred over a year ago and that he and the bus driver have since reconciled.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 7, 2023


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A leaked audio recording of Clay Walker scolding his tour bus driver has surfaced on social media and the singer has issued a statement explaining what happened and when the incident occurred. 

The clip, which appeared online on Monday (Mar. 6), features Walker berating the driver in a profanity-laced rant and threatening him.

“I’m coming over here and I’m going to tell you something. I can whip your ass at one hand tied behind my back. Don’t say a f***ing word,” Walker told the bus driver. 

“Nope,” the bus driver replied in the audio clip. 

The 53-year-old father of seven then went on to tell the driver to get in touch with the head of the tour bus company to find someone else to operate the bus. 

“Tomorrow call your f***ing boss and get me an experienced f***ing driver out here because you are not that,” the singer could be heard saying. “And I’ve been trying to raise you up last night and you’re telling me I’m eating into your f***ing drive time motherf***er.” 

Leaked Audio Recording

TIKTOK THIS IS NOT ME BULLYING. We’re just outing someone who is. ❤️ I guess the Chain of Love ends with him after all…Share this to make sure it’s seen, and he doesn’t get away with this. #fyp #foryoupage #countrymusictiktok #viral #chainoflove #thenwhat #rumorhasit #thiswomanandthisman #ificouldmakealiving

♬ original sound – Brooke

While it is unclear what sparked Walker to lose his temper, he appears to upset that the driver was late. 

“You told me you’d be here at 10 f***ing pm [and] you were not here. You lying, c**t,” he shouted. 

Walker then warns, “So when I come out of that bathroom, get your a** ready to drive and drive me smooth motherf***er or you’re going to regret it.”

The clip ends as the furious country star scolds the driver for leaving the bus unkept. 

“All my shit is still f***ing dirty back here. You know what? If you really wanted to f***ing try and be part of this organization, you’d have found a f***ing washing machine. You told him you cleaned this bus till 4:45…”

YouTube video

The audio recording was shared on TikTok by user She captioned her post, “TIKTOK THIS IS NOT ME BULLYING. We’re just outing someone who is. ❤️ I guess the Chain of Love ends with him after all… Share this to make sure it’s seen, and he doesn’t get away with this.”

In less than 24 hours, the TikTok post amassed over 162,000 views and raked in over 1,500 comments.

The majority of TikTok users are asking for context and tagging Clay Walker with hopes that he will “explain himself.” 

Photo Courtesy Clay Walker
Photo Courtesy Clay Walker

“@claywalker Please give an explanation of this, what happened before this recording started,” wrote one user, while another questioned, “What happened here @claywalker 🤨”

See His Statement

Country Now obtained a statement from Clay Walker, who explained that the recording took place quite some time ago. 

“This happened over a year ago and it came at the end of a long, tough weekend,” Walker said in a statement via his publicist. “The bus driver and I reconciled immediately and we are friends and stay in touch.” 

Clay Walker; Photo by Tonya Lippert
Clay Walker; Photo by Tonya Lippert

Clay Walker is currently in the midst of his 2023 Country Side Tour, which kicked off in Clearwater, Florida on February 1. The trek runs through July 29 when it’s set to wrap up in Stockville, Nebraska.

Walker is best known for hits such as “If I Could Make A Living,” “This Woman And This Man,” “Live Until I Die” and “She Won’t Be Lonely Long.”

Throughout his career, the Texas native has earned four platinum albums, charted more than 30 singles and notched 11 No. 1’s. 

See a full list of Clay Walker’s upcoming tour dates below.


9 – Shreveport, LA – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium *

10 – Enid, OK – Central National Bank Center *

11 – Grand Island, NE – Heartland Events Center and Fonner Park *

16 – Loveland, CO – The Ranch Events Complex *

17 – Rio Rancho, NM – Rio Rancho Events Center *

18 – Prescott Valley, AZ – Findlay Toyota Center *

19 – Benson, AZ -Cochise Country Fest 2023


16 – Georgetown, TX – Two Step Inn 2023


13 – Kansas City, KS – Country Roots


29 – Stockville, NE – Frontier County Fairgrounds

* denotes dates co-headlining with Tracy Lawrence

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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.