It took Walker Hayes over a decade to break into the country mainstream, but when he finally landed a Top Ten hit in 2017, "You Broke Up with Me" landed with the force of an explosion -- appropriate, since its parent album was called boom. This 2017 album came six years after his full-length debut, Reason to Rhyme, announced a promising talent in a bro-country vein, but boom. was fresh work that fused modern R&B, contemporary country, hip-hop, and rock, announcing a distinctive talent.
Hayes is a native of Mobile, Alabama, born in that city on December 27, 1979. He grew up in Mobile, dividing his time between music and sports as a child and teenager. He wound up earning a music degree from Alabama's Birmingham-Southern College, then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hayes and his wife moved to Nashville in 2005 with dreams that he would become a professional musician. He signed a song-publishing deal and then, on the strength of a demo he recorded for Keith Urban, Hayes inked a deal with Mercury before quickly moving to Capitol Records. Hayes released his debut single, "Pants," in 2010, which wound up reaching 60 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The full-length Reason to Rhyme followed in 2011, but it didn't chart.
Over the next few years, Hayes worked as a songwriter, landing placements with Colt Ford and Rodney Atkins in 2014. Capitol dropped him, so he worked at Costco as he continued to write, releasing the single "Pimpin' Joy" to little attention in 2014. Shane McAnally signed him to SMACK/RareSpark in 2016, leading him to release two EPs -- 8Tracks, Vol. 1: Good Shit and 8Tracks, Vol. 2: Break the Internet -- that year. Hayes landed a contract with Monument in 2017, which released "You Broke Up with Me" that year. The song became a hit, earning gold certification and setting up the release of the full-length boom. in December 2017. The album debuted at number six on the Top Country Albums chart, and peaked at number 37 on the Billboard 200. The reference-heavy single "90s Country" arrived in 2018, followed by the heartfelt "Don't Let Her" in 2019.
Iowa's own country entertainer Jesse Allen will get the 'Party in the Pit' rocking..
A gritty, battle tested, unique modern country voice combined with immense songwriting talent and a live show that is must-see; that’s how to best describe country newcomer Jesse Allen. The 29 year old Iowa native has spent years perfecting his craft in small town bars, backyard parties and really…..anywhere people would stop and listen, to turn it into what it is today…………a sound all his own.
Jesse started singing at the age of three in his parents living room to songs from some of his heroes like George Strait, Garth Brooks, Collin Raye, Joe Diffie and many more. He would take that singing talent to his parents bar in the small town of Marble Rock, IA on weekends and sing karaoke for the patrons. Eventually, a guitar was added to the mix and the rest was history.
For someone who is doing it all on their own, Jesse has accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. He has appeared with artists such as Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Chris Young, Granger Smith, Jana Kramer and countless others over the past four years.
But for Jesse, it’s all about the chance to share his talent with others:
“I am blessed to get to do something I love and play music for a living. Getting to share my God given talent with people is truly humbling. No matter what happens in the future, I’ll always know that someone out there is listening. And I’ll know that someone out there enjoys what I do. For me, that’s all I could ever ask for.” -JA
JUNE 23 - 28, 2020
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