No pressure, Hunter Hayes, but the Los Angeles Times is suggesting you may have the potential to change the direction of country music.
In a recent review of Storyline, Hayes' new album released Tuesday (May 6), it seems like whatever Hayes is doing could possibly be the alternative to the kind of country that keeps climbing the charts, no matter how much the masses claim to be over this phase of country.
"At a moment when Nashville is busy churning out bro after party-hearty bro, Hayes is an anomaly: a fresh-faced guitar prodigy who writes about his feelings and looks like he's never cracked a beer, let alone downed one while kicking back on a rusty tailgate," the reviewer writes about how far away Hayes is from the music currently dominating radio stations from coast to coast.
The album isn't all old-fashioned tender love songs, but it's hardly packed with tractors, trucks and 'shine either. Maybe because that's just not the kind of music that has inspired Hayes.
In a recent #AskHunter session on Twitter, a follower asked Hayes who inspired him.
"Where do I start?" Hayes wrote. "Garth (Brooks), Diamond Rio, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Ronnie Milsap, Stevie Wonder."
So it's no wonder he's sticking to the kind of music that was popular before the influx of small-town Friday night themes.
Then when Hayes was asked on Twitter what message he wanted his fans to take away from album, he said, "Every day is a story. Write it how you'd want to tell it!"