Walker Hayes Drops A Set Of New, Dance Worthy Tracks On The ‘Strait Two Stepping’ Bundle

The new songs feature the country singers signature upbeat vocals and boot-stomping’ rhythms.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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July 28, 2023

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Walker Hayes; Photo by Robert Chavers

In celebration of Walker Hayes’ just-announced partnership with Monument Records and RCA Records, he has released another set of dance tracks on his Strait Two Stepping bundle

This set of tunes features “Stetson” and “Show Me The Country,” a pair of upbeat jams with addicting rhythms, hip-swaying bass drops and sultry undertones. Both tracks provide a captivating listening experience for any environment in need of a party-starting soundtrack. Amid the flowing rhythms, Hayes also pays tribute to the ways of traditional country with mention of George Strait, Willie Nelson and “Shania Twaing.”

“Couldn’t be more excited to continue working with RCA. Since my music is all over the map, I’m really looking forward to this next chapter with them and seeing how we can spread the bass/808’s. Can’t wait to dance with the world to these,” Hayes shared of the new songs. 

Walker Hayes; Strait Two Stepping
Walker Hayes; Strait Two Stepping

“Stetson”

Co-written by Hayes with Dylan Guthro and Josh Dorr, “Stetson” ignites the fiery passion of a night of “wild, wild restlin’” under the desert sky. Hayes loosens the reins as his captivating vocals takeover and explore this western love story in the tune named after the timeless cowboy hat manufactured by the John B. Stetson Company.

“Bet you like your country western / Two-step to a King George record / Rodeo’s little Cheyenne pepper / Fillin’ out that denim and leather / Don’t shoot me down like a Winchester / Wanna sleep with you in a desert / Do a little bit of wild, wild restlin’ / Wake up with you in my Stetson,” Hayes sings on the chorus. 

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“Show Me The Country”

“Show Me The Country” was penned by Hayes alongside Dylan Guthro and Josh Miller and follows a similar journey of passionate storytelling. 

Hayes’ Alabama twang comes out to play once again in the heat of the booming chorus as he sings, “Sang it to me, shawty, witcha thick Shania Twang / Lean back in it like a chain-link swing / Aye, show me the country / Drop it like that tailgate, like I’m ’bout to do on one knee / Shake it like Mama’s fried chicken on Sunday / Aye, show me the country.”

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On Tour

Walker Hayes is currently on the road for his Duck Buck Tour. This headlining run kicked off April 13 in Rosemont, IL and is scheduled to continue through August 5, when he will wrap things up in Sterling Heights, MI. 

Once he closes the chapter on this stint of shows, Hayes explained that he hopes to use his time off the road to continue working on new music and give more attention to a few side projects that he has on his plate. 

“I’m always writing. First and foremost, my favorite thing is just writing songs…It’s been a while since I’ve put a big chunk of music out. I put a few songs out here and there, but this will probably be at least six or seven,” Hayes explained. “And then, I love extracurricular projects like this. I’m actually working with my producer Shane on kind of an animated film thing on the side, so I’m definitely gonna have some more time to dive into that.”

On top of all his professional agenda, the “Fancy Like” singer is also looking forward to spending some uninterrupted downtime at home with his wife and six kids.

“But really, sometimes it’s fun to come completely off the road and while people in the town I live in, they know me and they’re very kind and they know that I have stuff on the radio and songs and stuff, but it’s kind of fun to just step away for a minute and just be dad,” he continued. “I definitely don’t mind seasons where I get to do that, but then those seasons, they also get me fired up to get back out there and start playing in the next tour.”

Walker Hayes is next scheduled to appear in Raleigh, NC on July 28 and in Charlotte, NC on July 29. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.