Walker Hayes released his album, boom., in December, and one there's one track on the record that brings to mind a rather well-known country singer.
Titled "Shut Up Kenny," the song finds Hayes dealing with heartbreak as he is reminded of his former flame every time he hears a Kenny Chesney song.
“‘Shut Up Kenny’ is also a true story. My wife (Laney) and I associate so many memories in our relationship with the timing of Kenny Chesney songs,” Hayes said in a recent radio interview, via CMT.com.
The singer added that while most of the memories are good ones, he and his wife did have a rough patch in which a Chesney song was involved.
“So many happy memories: us in a U-Haul, us moving into our first little apartment, all great stuff," Hayes shared. "But one night Laney and I were in a fight, we were past the point of talking. We were actually being dead silent and I flippantly just turn on the radio and ‘Anything But Mine’ came on. And that song makes me happy, but I wanted to stay pissed in that moment. So I thought ‘Shut up, Kenny!’ and I changed the station, and the same song was on another station,” he said.
“So I took that idea a couple of days later, and
Hayes and Chesney haven't met yet, but Hayes' producer, Shane McAnally, sent Chesney the song and the star gave the go-ahead for Hayes to include it on his album.
“That was a great moment for me. To think that I came here 13 years ago loving Kenny, and 13 years later Kenny didn’t cut my song, but he heard it. And he liked it, and I get to put it on my album,” Hayes told CMT.com. “I thought it would be funny if Kenny and I got into a fake Instawar like he writes a reply that’s like, ‘Shut Up, Walker.’ But he’s so gracious, and they play it on his SiriusXM station, and it has sparked a huge reaction to that song. It’s good to have his support.”
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