Rising country artist Hunter Hayes may have just turned 22 on Sept. 9, but the young singer is already approaching his newfound fame with the tenacity of a seasoned pro. Having joined Carrie Underwood on nearly 100 dates of her Blown Away Tour, Hayes is no stranger to the road, and with the continued success of his own career, he was a fitting choice for the 12th installment of CMT on Tour.
Established in 2002, CMT on Tour has had a knack for showcasing some of the country music world’s best, and Hayes’ inclusion this fall will put him in elite company with the likes of Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Randy Houser, and Jamey Johnson, who have all headlined in previous years.
The officially titled CMT on Tour: Hunter Hayes Let’s Be Crazy will launch on Oct. 10 at the Knoxville Auditorium in Knoxville, Tenn., with dates that will extend through Dec. 7. Several cities in between will host consecutive nights of shows including Nashville, Tenn. (Oct. 18-19), Lafayette, La. (Nov. 20-21), Minneapolis, Minn. (Dec. 4-5), and Kansas City, Mo. (Dec. 6-7). Special guest Ashley Monroe of the Pistol Annies will be on hand for the tour as well, someone fans may recognize from the re-recorded version of Hayes’ “What You Gonna Do.”
To supplement his 2011 self-titled debut, his only studio album to date, Hayes released a deluxe edition of the Platinum-certified record on June 18. “Hunter Hayes (Encore)” features a total of 17 tracks, eight of which are either brand new or re-recorded versions of songs from the debut album. In addition to Monroe, Hayes also teamed up with Jason Mraz on “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me.”
The original version of Hayes’ debut album has experienced overwhelming success since its release, peaking at No. 1 on Billboard’s country album chart. Three of his singles—“Wanted,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” and “I Want Crazy”—have entered the country singles’ top 10,and “Wanted”—a No. 1 hit—was certified Platinum three times over.
Music critics have taken favorably to Hayes as well, as he’s earned nominations for New Artist of the Year from the American Country Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the GRAMMY Awards, and took home the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year award in 2012.