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Hunter Hayes becomes Next Big Thing

Friday, April 22, 2011 – Will Hunter Hayes be the next big thing? The 19-year-old could be on his way because he won CMT's Next Big Thing.

CMT will air the premiere of Hunter's new video, Storm Warning today. The song, written by Hunter, Gordie Sampson and busbee, is the debut single from his forthcoming album set for release later this year. The single is available now at all digital retailers. Hunter wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, played every instrument and co-produced with Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban).

Hayes will join Taylor Swift for select dates on her Speak Now World Tour 2011 beginning July 28 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Hayes, the Louisiana raised multi-instrumentalist (acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, electric guitar, mandolin and keyyboard), performed Jambalaya with Hank Williams Jr. in front of 265,000 people at the age of 4 (now tracking more than 15 million YouTube views), appeared in "The Apostle" with Robert Duvall at the age of 6, has played with Johnny and June Cash and Charlie Daniels, co-wrote songs recorded by Rascal Flatts and Montgomery Gentry and performed for a US President and Congress.

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Storyline CD review - Storyline
A few things changed since Hunter Hayes debuted in 2011, but the bottom line remains the same - Hayes has a syrupy smooth and sweet voice, but there's not a tremendous amount of depth there to his feel good material. Hayes struck it rich the first time out on his major label debut garnering 3 top 10 songs including "I Want Crazy." The Louisiana native also was a one-man band playing and singing all parts. That's not the case this time as he ceded CO-directorial control to Dann Huff. »»»
Encore (deluxe) CD review - Encore (deluxe)
Hunter Hayes rereleased his debut self-titled album with a few additional tracks and three rerecorded ones. In any other genre of music, the new songs would have simply been released as an EP, but for some inexplicable reason, country music seems to be reluctant to embrace that form. The 800,000 fans who already own the original may find it irritating to pay full price for 5 new songs. People who have not warmed up to Hayes maple syrup smooth voice and decidedly pop version of country probably »»»
Hunter Hayes Live CD review - Hunter Hayes Live
There is one reason why a Hunter Hayes live album is a bad idea. It's not because of his music, which is pop-country with a severe emphasis on "pop," but very catchy. It's not because of his vocals, which are reminiscent of Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox after inhaling helium but pleasant nonetheless. It's because of the audience. If you love the sound of hundreds of teenage girls screaming in unison, this is a must-buy for you. They scream at the beginning and ending of every song. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Making perfect sense of Striking Matches, The Secret Sisters – The pairing of Striking Matches and The Secret Sisters on tour makes perfect sense. Both are duos, although the Matches are male/female and the Secrets truly are sisters (Rogers is the name, not Secret). Both emphasize keen vocal interplay. And perhaps most importantly, they shared a very famous producer, T Bone Burnett. But when it came to the live... »»»
Concert Review: Whitehorse changes gears – Whitehorse, the Canadian husband-and-wife duo of Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, has changed gears. In years past, they were more on the roots side, but you would have scratched your head wondering where that went during their show at what is billed as a folk club. Only Whitehorse couldn't be accused of being folk oriented either in a tour... »»»
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