WATCH: Walker Hayes Reacts To ‘Evolution of ‘AA” – ‘Giving Me Goosebumps, Y’all’

It’s safe to say Walker Hayes has another massive hit on his hands with his latest radio single, “AA.”  After…


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March 9, 2022


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It’s safe to say Walker Hayes has another massive hit on his hands with his latest radio single, “AA.” 

After performing the song, and his viral smash “Fancy Like,” during the 2022 ACM Awards, Hayes took to social media to share a video of the “evolution” of “AA.” 

The clip shows Hayes performing “AA” at various concerts throughout the past few months. The initial video shows one of the first times he performed the song and by the last clip, fans are singing the song so loudly Hayes can barely be heard over the audience. 

Evolution of #aa giving me goosebumps yall,” the GRAMMY nominee captioned the clip. 


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“AA” was written by Hayes alongside lauded songwriters Shane McAnally and Luke Laird and produced by “Fancy Like” collaborator Joe Thibodeau and McAnally. 

The song taps into Hayes’ deeper side as he sings about relatable subjects and also touches on topics that are near and dear to his heart: being a father, his love for his wife and his journey with sobriety. 

“And I’m just tryna keep my daughters off the pole/ and my sons out of jail/ Tryna get to church so I don’t go to hell/ I’m just tryna keep my wife from figuring out/ That I married up and she married way way down/ in Alabama where they love Nick Saban / Tryna write a song the local country station will play/ Hey I’m just tryna stay out of AA,” Hayes sings on the chorus of the infectious track. 

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“At the end of the day, we are all just doing the best we can,” says Hayes about the track, “and what I really mean to say with this song is just that I’m trying to stay the course. I’ve struggled with alcohol abuse and sometimes I wish I didn’t need AA, but I do. I think a lot of people can relate to that. I’m just trying to be the best dad and husband I can be. It’s not easy all the time, but my wife smiles a lot and my kids are growing up with more than I had, and that’s a really good thing.”

“AA” is featured on Hayes’ just released project, Country Stuff The Album. 

Fans can catch the hitmaker on his headlining Fancy Like Tour this Spring as well as this summer on tour with artists such as Kane Brown and Brooks & Dunn

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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.