Walker Hayes Dominates Country Album Sales with ‘Country Stuff The Album’
Walker Hayes’ red-hot momentum shows no signs of slowing down as his new project, Country Stuff The Album, debuted in…
Walker Hayes; Photo by Robert Chavers
Walker Hayes’ red-hot momentum shows no signs of slowing down as his new project, Country Stuff The Album, debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s all-genre Hot 200 chart this week.
The album landed at No.2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and was No.1 for country album sales.
The 13-track project expands on his 2021 Country Stuff EP with seven additional tracks and showcases all sides of Hayes as a songwriter and artist. It explores sobriety, loss, love and country fun, making for a well-rounded project that doesn’t shy away from tough topics.
“I’ve been waiting so long to put out a project like this,” the father of six previously shared. “It has everything I love from the fun of ‘Fancy Like’ to the more personal lyrics in ‘AA.’ As an artist, it’s such a unique thing to be able to share all the different versions of you in a project, and that’s really what I tried to do here.”
On the heels of the album release, Hayes launched his headlining Fancy Like Tour. The trek runs through April 30 and is quite a family affair.
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“The tour is now to a size where I can financially handle a bus for my family, and that’s a game-changer,” Hayes told Billboard. “Honestly, before that, I didn’t really know how long I wanted to do this. Before we had ‘Fancy Like,’ it was 50/50 me being a writer versus me being an artist — but now, it’s the artist’s life from here on out, hopefully.”
As for what fans can expect from the tour, Hayes plans to pull out all the stops for his fans.
“I want to be worth the price of the ticket,” he shared. “I feel a responsibility to deliver a really powerful show. I know that when I take my family to a concert, that’s going to set me back almost a thousand bucks. I’ve got six kids, and I want to go to a show that we’ll remember forever.”
Fans can click HERE for the Fancy Like Tour schedule.
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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.