Drake Hayes

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mr Drake Hayes is from Acuff, Texas. He graduated with class of 07' from Roosevelt High School. His hobbies include writing, golfing, hunting and practicing his instrument. 

(Oh my gosh look at those eyes. They make my heart melt.)

Are you currently touring? If so with who? 
"I am not currently touring. Taking a little time off for a new musical adventure. I have toured with several bands." Including Mark McKinney,Matt Kimbrow, Jeremy Stedding, Dean Seltzer, Miles Williams, Proud Cut Ponies, and Boot Wiskey.

Which instruments do you play?
"Professionally I play Bass guitar Acoustic Rhythm guitar and harmonica. I dabble on mandolin fiddle and piano."

What drives your passion?
"My drive comes from my love for music! It is what I have always wanted to do. I believe that anything is possible with the right mind set. To get to the top you have to outwork the rest:) God has a plan for me and my music."

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?
"Songwriting inspiration comes to me when I am least expecting it. I am a slow song guy so I write a lot of storyline songs. Anything that triggers me emotionally is something worth writing about. 
Process of writing isn't always the same. Sometimes I'll get a little idea and write it down and then put an acoustic guitar to it. Sometimes I will write a song in just a few minutes. Mostly I will work out my lyrics with a guitar rift in my head and then later work on it with an acoustic guitar. For me writing is the neatest part of being a musician. Great stress reliever."

What were the first songs you learned?
"The first guitar rift I learned on guitar was "smoke on the water". A good buddy of mine and fantastic guitar player named Dexter Burgess showed that one to me:). First song I ever learned to sing and play at the same time "which was the most stressful thing I have ever done in my life" was Lonely Lubbock Lights by Aaron Watson!"

Is your family musical?
"I am the first musician that I know of in my family. I learned everything I know on my own which was a long complicated progress also. It starts out like learning calculus then gets a little easier along the way. Hopefully I will carry music in my family for years and years to come!"
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
"That's not an easy answer for me because there are sooo many! But if I had to choose a few they would be Garth Brooks Willie Nelson and Cody Johnson. Garth Brooks because of his energy on stage. I love running circles around the drum kit and getting the crowd pumped up! His job is to entertain and he is the best in the business in my eyes. 
Willie Nelson has been touring for over 50 years... Most guys dream of doing that but is almost impossible to do! 
Cody Johnson is moving faster than any Texas artist I have ever seen. He is on his way to be a national act in my eyes. I have had the chance to visit with Cody several times and he is a down to earth guy with a heart the size of Texas. There are some guys of his popularity that aren't in it for the music anymore but he is and I love that about Cody."

Which famous musicians have you learned from?
"I have learned from so many different guys but the ones that kept my wheels rolling would be: Jason Boland, James Hurtless "Josh Abbott Band", Kelly Turner "Cooder Graw" and Gary Herman "Kevin Fowler Band", "

What are your fondest musical memories? 
"Fondest music memories would be playing LJT 2012 in front of 15000+ people. Playing the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers games. I wouldn't trade the world for all of the folks I have met up and down the road. I have made some dear friends over the last few years and that is priceless."
Who are your favorite musicians? 
"My favorite musicians are Chris Knight, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Garth Brooks, Tracy Lawrence, Clint Black, Lucero and Jason Boland."
What is a typical week like for you?
"A typical week for me would be Mon- Wed "usually" work my day job on a cotton farm. Thursday load the gear and head to Oklahoma or Dallas to meet the band. Then drive from there to our first show. I'll stay on the road until Sunday most weeks then drive home Sunday night and be ready for work Monday."

What's your favorite thing about being on the road? 
"My favorite thing about the road would be having my "me" time. I love traveling. Although Lubbock area will always be where I hang my hat it's a perfect life for a guy like me. The folks I get to meet, play with and hang out with are always a great time! The road is full of surprises. You never know what is just up ahead!"

What's the funniest thing that's happened on the road?
"The funniest thing that has happened on the road would be when I was playing for Mark McKinney. We were headed to Corpus from Lubbock and this black SUV pulled up beside us and a young girl was hanging out the window yelling, your going to lose your keys your going to lose your keys!! We were all scattering in the van to find the keys the girl was talking about. We pulled off at the next gas station and the SUV was parked with 3 kids and there mother standing outside. We got out and asked the girl what she was trying to tell us and she said she just wanted us to stop so she could take a picture with us lol. She was precious and we took several pics."

Best place to eat while on the road? 
"The best food hands down would be The Cattle Exchange in Canadian Tx!!"

What's the best town play in?
"My favorite town to play in is Lubbock Tx! I get to see all my friends and family and put on a show for the ones I love. "

Don't forget to Like, and Follow Drake's Social Media!
Facebook Page- Drake Hayes
Instagram- @drake_hayes
Twitter- @drake_hayes

Thank you so much Drake you were awesome! 

xxx West Texas Sweetheart

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