Rising Red Dirt artist Hayden Haddock is showing some serious Texas pride in his brand new single, “Red Dirt Texas,” premiering exclusively on Country Now.
The anthemic song finds Haddock paying homage to his roots and the small towns that have impacted him throughout his life. He name-checks “Lone Star” state facilities sometimes found in the middle of nowhere, from the Whataburger to the local gas station. He also belts out his fondness for living a blue-collar lifestyle that constitutes working hard, taking weekends off and enjoying a cold beer when the moment calls for it.
“It’s just red dirt Texas / blink and you missed it / flat broke and way too proud / livin’ paycheck to paycheck / raising hell with longnecks / someday they’ll put me in the ground / of that red dirt Texas town,” the Plano native sings throughout the infectious chorus, while backed by fiddles, steel and electric guitars and a thrashing drum beat.
A true Texas fan through and through, Haddock graduated high school and decided to say close to home. He enrolled in college at Texas A&M University, where he majored in Construction Science. As fate would have it, his college roommates were first to discover his musical talents, and he’s been on an impressive upswing ever since. The singer, whose debut album, 2018’s First Rodeo, amassed more than 375K streams on Spotify, tours extensively, performing over 100 shows a year. He has also shared the stage with the likes of Casey Donahew, Whiskey Myers, Cory Morrow, and the Eli Young Band.
“I sang a song for this girl one night, and my roommate recorded it and put it out on social media. About a month later, I played my first show, and I’ve been doing it ever since,” Haddock, 20, recalled during an interview with Country Now. “Texas will always be my home no matter where I end up. I love Texas, and I love people who are from Texas. They’re so damn proud of this state. I didn’t write this song. But when I heard the song, I knew it would be an anthem song for all these Texans. I think it’ll do well in that sense.”
Haddock’s latest offering follows his recent radio single, “Everywhere I Need To Be.” The song, co-written by tunesmiths Kevin Fowler, David Lee Murphy, and Terry McBride, is also is the lead-off single from his upcoming sophomore album, due out in January of 2020. Haddock’s forthcoming record, produced by Trent Willmon (Cody Johnson, Eric Church, Randy Houser), will feature 10 tracks.
“It’s going to be a real up-beat, driving honky-tonk country music album,” Haddock said of the project. “Of course, we’ll have our ballads on there. But, I think ‘Red Dirt Texas’ is a good overall theme of the whole record.”
“I think from performing live, my voice has grown, and my sound has grown,” he added. “My expectation of lyrics to a song has all grown. My whole musical career has grown. The new record will showcase that.”
Click the video above to listen to Hayden Haddock’s “Red Dirt Texas.”