Walker Hayes Trades Oreo Shakes for the ‘Strong Stuff’ On New Track, ‘Drinking Songs’

Just weeks ahead of the release of Country Stuff The Album, Walker Hayes dropped “Drinking Songs,” a brand new track…

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Lauren Jo Black

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January 7, 2022

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Walker Hayes; Photo by Eric McCandless, ABC

Just weeks ahead of the release of Country Stuff The Album, Walker Hayes dropped “Drinking Songs,” a brand new track from the project. 

Out now, “Drinking Songs” finds Hayes drowning his sorrows from a broken heart with a glass of “strong stuff on a few rocks.” 

He goes on to tip his hat to Hank Williams Jr. as he realizes his ex is never coming back. 

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“So give me that bourbon and bocephus/ I can’t help me so help me Jesus/ She ain’t coming back like you she gone/ So what I need is in Williams’ voice right now/ Hank and Evan don’t let me down/ Bring them family traditions on/ I’mma just keep sittin and sippin’ and singing along/ Thank God for drinking and drinking songs,” Hayes sings. 

Hayes admits he still connects with the song even though he’s a recovering alcoholic. 

“’Drinking Songs’ is one of my favorites off the new album,” the father of six shares. “I don’t drink anymore but I still connect with how a song can get you through, just like a drink can for some people. We’ve all been in a bar full of people singing together, arms around each other. Plus, the lyrics and the beat just have a relatable quality to them that feels so country to me.”

Photo Courtesy Walker Hayes
Photo Courtesy Walker Hayes

“Drinking Songs” was written by Hayes alongside Jordan Gray and produced by “Fancy Like” collaborator Joe Thibodeau and multi-Grammy Award Winner Shane McAnally. 

The song follows the release of “AA,” “U Gurl,” and Hayes’ first No.1 hit, “Fancy Like.” 

Walker Hayes; Country Stuff The Album
Walker Hayes; Country Stuff The Album

Country Stuff The Album officially arrives on January 21. The singer/songwriter will celebrate the release with the launch of his Fancy Like Tour

Country Stuff The Album Track Listing:

  1. Drinking Songs
  2. AA
  3. Life With You
  4. U Gurl
  5. DeLorean
  6. Fancy Like
  7. Craig (feat. MercyMe) 
  8. What You Don’t Wish For
  9. Country Stuff (feat. Jake Owen) 
  10. I Hope You Miss Me
  11. Briefcase (feat. Lori McKenna) 
  12. Cry
  13. What If We Did (feat. Carly Pearce) 
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Lauren Jo Black

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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.