Walker Hayes Taps His Former Life for Bluesy Banger, ‘Drinking Songs’ Sounds Like Nashville

Walker Hayes Taps His Former Life for Bluesy Banger, ‘Drinking Songs’ Sounds Like Nashville

Walker Hayes Taps His Former Life for Bluesy Banger, ‘Drinking Songs’ Sounds Like Nashville

With his first Number One behind him — and his first Grammy Awards simply weeks away — hit maker Walker Hayes is seeking to his previous to maneuver ahead. Even although the hip-hop influenced star is proudly sober, he faucets the metaphorical keg of heartbreak for “Drinking Songs.”

A darkish stomp-and-shout anthem written by Hayes with Jordan Gray, the observe encompasses a gritty rock edge and a touch of the blues, because the swaggering singer drowns his many sorrows. Leaning on nation touchstones (and legendary drinkers like Hank Williams and Hank Williams Jr.), it’s a rowdy roadhouse banger with a shot of “All My Rowdy Friends” power, however it comes from a man who’s been on the wagon for six years. With that in thoughts, Hayes doesn’t a lot glorify ingesting as sympathize with those that do, in search of deliverance .

“‘Drinking Songs’ is certainly one of my favorites off the brand new album,” he says of the observe. “I don’t drink anymore however I nonetheless join with how a music can get you thru, similar to a drink can for some individuals. We’ve all been in a bar full of individuals singing collectively, arms round one another. Plus, the lyrics and the beat simply have a relatable high quality to them that feels so nation to me.”

“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 WILLIAM’S 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,” goes the refrain.

“Drinking Songs” is a part of Hayes upcoming Country Stuff The Album, which arrives on January 21, and it’s truly the second music from the album up to now that offers with Hayes’ former battle with alcohol. His present single even places a lighthearted spin on it, with “AA” boldly explaining his quest to remain on the straight and slim.

Meanwhile, Hayes might have wished a drink fairly dangerous final evening (January 10), as his beloved Alabama Crimson Tide misplaced the school soccer nationwide championship recreation to the Georgia Bulldogs. Hayes was even pressured to go public along with his disgrace after dropping a wager on the sport, altering the phrases of “AA,” to characteristic Bulldogs references as a substitute of ‘Bama rhymes.

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