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On his sophomore album, Hayden solidifies his reputation as an artist of significant ability and, just as important, integrity. The songs on Living the Good Life present nostalgic, soft-focus images of small-town life with the emphasis more on affection for places and people than on outlaw pretensions. "Goodbye to My Hometown" in particular bears comparison to Bruce Springsteen's "My Home Town" in its spare, evocative eloquence. The instrumentation is consistent with this lyrical orientation with fiddles, lap steel, and Dobro used tastefully and effectively; only "Son of a Rolling Stone" allows a gritty, rock-inflected guitar solo, and that one blows by pretty fast. These elements perfectly complement Hayden's dusty twang; without giving the impression that he is trying to be something other than what he is, the young singer knows how to bring life to homespun words and well-crafted melodies, as he does without fail on each of these tracks. ~ Robert L. Doerschuk, Rovi


Born: February 26, 1980 in Pleasanton, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s

Texan Rodney Hayden made waves with critics upon his debut release for his authentic country sound that harkened back to an earlier era. Growing up with access to his father's large and diverse record collection, Hayden was drawn to Merle Haggard and George Jones. He began performing on the honky tonk scene around his hometown of Pleasanton while still in his teens, putting together his first band as a high school senior and putting together demos. A demo landed in the hands of fellow Texas musician...
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