Exclusive: Why Walker Hayes Sometimes Wishes Kenny Chesney Wasn’t On The Radio

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Songs have a funny way of reminding us of past memories. Some songs remind you of breakups, falling in love for the first time, or your senior year of high school. Kenny Chesney reminds Walker Hayes of his marriage. Chesney’s music has described Hayes’ relationship with his wife from day one. So when he and his wife are fighting, and they both want to be angry, the last thing they want to hear is Kenny on the radio.

“We were doing that thing where we were seeing who could be the most pissed,” Hayes told One Country’s Kelly Sutton with a chuckle. “I just turned on the radio– trying to be real flippant about it – and “Anything But Mine” was on the radio. That song reminds me of the year we moved to Nashville. I was having all of these memories of us listening to it in our apartment and I was like, ‘Shut up, Kenny.’ Then I changed the station out of frustration and the same song was on. It was a sign.”

One week later, Hayes wrote “Shut Up, Kenny” which is featured on his debut album.

Who knew Kenny Chesney was Hayes’ guardian angel? I guess Kenny is more powerful than we ever imagined.

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