WATCH: Jo Dee Messina and Walker Hayes Create New TikTok Trend With ‘Heads Carolina, Tails California’ Dance

Jo Dee Messina recently joined TikTok and enlisted Walker Hayes and his 16-year-old daughter Lela to create a dance for…


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October 10, 2022


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Jo Dee Messina, Walker Hayes; Photos via TikTok

Jo Dee Messina recently joined TikTok and enlisted Walker Hayes and his 16-year-old daughter Lela to create a dance for her chart-topping ‘90s hit.

On Monday (Oct. 10), Messina shared a video on TikTok dancing alongside Hayes and his daughter to her classic hit, “Heads Carolina Tails California.” 

“Shut the front porch! It’s @Walker Hayes!” Messina captioned the clip.

The clip takes place on Hayes’ infamous front porch, the same one where he filmed the viral video for his GRAMMY-nominated tune, “Fancy Like.” 

The video finds the trio dancing in sync to the chorus of the tune: “Heads Carolina, tails California / Somewhere greener, somewhere warmer / Up in the mountains, down by the ocean / Where it don’t matter, long as we’re goin’ / Somewhere together, I’ve got a quarter / Heads Carolina, tails California.”

Hayes also shared the video on his TikTok with the caption, “Look who stopped by the porch today 💪💪😂,” tagging Messina. 


Look who stopped by the porch today 💪💪😂 @jodeemessina #headscarolina

♬ Heads Carolina, Tails California – Jo Dee Messina

Messina is enjoying a resurgence of her 1996 debut, “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” as Cole Swindell’s tribute hit, “She Had Me At Heads Carolina,” continues to dominate the charts.

In a recent interview with Billboard, Messina shared he reaction to the song and admitted she was “kind of taken aback” by the fact that they chose this song to remake.   

“Out of any song they could have chosen from that time, the fact that they chose [it] was an honor.,” she said. “I heard about ‘She Had Me at Heads Carolina’ from the original writers of “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” They let me know the song was written and sent me a copy of it.” 

She went on to share how Swindell’s version speaks to the timelessness of the original song. 

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“The success of the song makes me happy for Cole. I think that Tim Nichols and Mark D. Sanders put together a timeless theme and melody. We know they wrote something timeless because at our shows today, even before the release of Cole Swindell’s single, “Heads Carolina,” as well as many of our other songs, has had a huge response that hasn’t died down over the years. When I look at the success that it has, it brings me joy because I always believed that the song was timeless.” 

Messina is currently on tour with several tour dates planned through next month. 

Meanwhile, Hayes is currently in the midst of his headlining Glad You’re Here Tour. The arena trek kicked off on Sept. 29 and runs through Nov. 12 with direct support from Parmalee. (Tickets are available HERE).  

On Friday, Hayes released a collaboration with Flo Rida called “High Heels.” 

The song is a juxtaposition of sorts as it features a carefree, upbeat production alongside hard-hitting lyrics that detail the struggles artists often face.

Click below to listen. 

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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.