Walker Hayes Responds To Zach Bryan Again With A New Song
When Walker Hayes released his smash hit “Fancy Like” in 2021 his life changed forever. The song hit No. 1 on country radio and gave the singer-songwriter his first GRAMMY Award nomination.
Hayes took the song to the TODAY Show, Late Night With Seth Meyers, CMA Awards, released a remake featuring Kesha, was featured in a nationwide Applebee’s commercial, and filmed a music video with more than 139 million views to date.
With that success came some backlash, most recently from Zach Bryan. It all started earlier this month when the “Something In The Orange” singer replied to a post on X (formerly Twitter) with a tweet saying “Imagine being radio (whoever the hell that is), hearing [Tyler Childers’] Shake the Frost and being like ‘no no let’s go with the Applebees song’.”
Hayes responded the same day to Bryan writing on X, “Big shout to radio for playing dat Applebees song. Zach and Tyler praying y’alls continued success.”
Now, Hayes could have responded in a hundred different ways but he chose to play nice in the moment. He took some time to think about the situation with his “buddies,” because now he’s released a teaser to a new song.
Hayes posted an audio clip to Instagram on Wednesday (1/24) with the following caption:
“Me and my buddies were talking about the whole Zach Bryan thing. They were saying they appreciated how I responded. I confessed that they only saw my best foot forward.I had a hundred smart ass responses in the chamber that I didn’t fire off. Then we got to talking about people in general. Why we get insecure, etc. Mostly about how artists size each other up, compare, and talk trash. It’s obviously our natural human tendency to be a little butt hurt by anyone else’s success. Then we wondered about that. Why on earth we would do that as song writers. Knowing that .0001 percent of us are actually making it in this biz. Took me 18 years to feed my kids with music and I’ll still knock something I hear on the radio cuz I didn’t write it. So, we tried our best to put it all in a Twanger. And this is what we got. I hope it makes y’all talk about stuff that matters.”
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