10 Songs, 36 Minutes

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4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings
35 Ratings
CrazyRae79

REAL Country Music

I can't give this album enough praise! I miss the way country music was meant to sound and Wade Hayes has delivered that once again! This album won't disappoint!

True Country Enthusiast

Go Live Your Life

This body of work is ridiculously good! From beginning to end, both lyrically and melodically, someone paid attention to the rooftop screams of those of us pining for true country music! Worth every penny and pleasurable listening second!

Learn a lesson, dance around the room, reflect on a lost love, laugh at your mistakes and revel in the love you've found! Oh gosh!!!! Could one album hold so much, sound instrumentally so amazing... and then wrap it all up in a voice as smooth as a glass of Bourbon!

Two words ... More Please!!!!

njhockeygal

Country Perfection!

Every song on this CD is amazing. It will make you sing along, laugh and cry. Wade has a story to tell and is still alive and kickin' country's butt!

About Wade Hayes

Raised in Bethel Acres, Oklahoma, Wade Hayes grew up around country music. His father Don was a professional musician who played bars and honky tonks across Oklahoma. Influenced by his father, he began playing music as a child. Initially, he played mandolin for a while, but he switched to guitar at the age of 11. Inspired by honky tonk, outlaw country, and bluegrass, Hayes developed a distinctive style at an early age.

When he was a pre-teen, his father signed a contract with a Nashville-based independent record label and moved the family to Music City. Within a year, the label had folded, leaving the Hayes family broke. They struggled to return to Oklahoma, where Wade began playing guitar and singing backup in his father's band, Country Heritage. Following his graduation from high school, Wade went to three different colleges, but he decided to drop out of school to pursue music after seeing Ricky Skaggs on the 1991 Country Music Awards show. He moved to Nashville and beginning playing on demo tapes, all the while working on his own original material. Shortly after he settled down in Nashville, Hayes began writing songs with Chick Rains, who arranged an audition for the vocalist with record producer Don Cook (the Mavericks, Brooks & Dunn). Cook was impressed and began working with the singer, eventually getting him in contact with executives at Columbia Records.

Old Enough to Know Better, Hayes' debut album, was released in 1995. The record was an immediate hit, with its title track becoming a number one single. The Academy of Country Music nominated him for Top New Male Vocalist of the Year for 1995. Hayes' second album, On a Good Night, was released in the summer of 1996. Although it wasn't as big a hit as his debut, it still sold respectably.

Hayes' third album, When the Wrong One Loves You Right, was released in early 1998, generating a Top 10 hit --"The Day That She Left Tulsa (In a Chevy)"-- before sliding down the charts. Following the 2000 release of Highways and Heartaches, Hayes parted ways with Monument Records. He formed a duo with Mark McClurg called McHayes in 2003. The pair recorded an album for Universal South, but after the first single, "It Doesn't Mean I Don't Love You," didn't go further than 41 on the country charts, the label shelved the record and the duo split in 2004. Hayes spent four years away from the spotlight, returning in 2008 to play guitar with Randy Owen's touring group. Hayes self-released Place to Turn Around in 2009 but his career was slowed in 2011 when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. After a successful recovery, he resurfaced in 2015 with Go Live Your Life, which was released on Conabor Records. The same label issued Old Country Song in 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

HOMETOWN
Bethal Acres, OK
GENRE
Country
BORN
April 20, 1969

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