Walker Hayes Nails Recreations of Classic ’90s Albums Covers
Walker Hayes is releasing a new single on Thursday (Aug. 30) that calls back to beloved hits of the '90s, appropriately titled "90's Country," and he's found a unique way to pay homage to the legends who came before him.
To promote the single, Hayes has recreated three of the most iconic albums to come out of that era of counrty music: Garth Brooks' No Fences; A Lot About Livin' (and a Little 'Bout Love) from Alan Jackson; and George Strait's blockbuster Strait Out of the Box, with all three offering a side-by-side look at the original and Hayes' re-imagination.
Hayes is unrecognizable in the recreation of Jackson's classic album, rocking the blond sideburns, white cowboy hat and dark shades just as well as Jackson himself:
He also does Brooks proud with his No Fences cover, doing his best to capture the superstar's withering stare. "If tomorrow never comes...you might not understand how all of this relates to my next single..." he cleverly writes in the caption.
And there's no doubt Strait would get a kick out of seeing the "You Broke Up With Me" singer sporting a big cowboy hat similar to the one worn on the original cover of Strait Out of the Box, with Hayes casting a sheepish grin in the black-and-white photo.
Hayes' "90's Country" was written by Hayes, Shane McAnally and LYRX, and it honors the artists that defined the 1990s in country music: the Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Deana Carter and more. Knowing Hayes' musical style, he'll find a clever way to incorporate references to songs like "Cowboy Take Me Away," "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" and "Strawberry Wine."
"90's Country" follows his breakthrough hit "You Broke Up With Me" and inspiring second single, "Craig." Hayes and his wife Laney experienced a tragic loss with the death of their newborn daughter, Oakleigh, in June of 2018 due to a rupture of Laney's uterus. In the week's following the baby's passing, Hayes started the Be a Craig Fund as a way to help others pay it forward and help those in need.
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