Walker Hayes Encourages Unity Over Division With New Song, “Good With Me”

“Good With Me” is a taste of what’s to come on Walker Hayes’ forthcoming new EP, New Money, which arrives on September 29.

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Posted on August 26, 2023

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Walker Hayes is once again delving into life’s complexities, navigating the chaos with his trademark introspection and a determination to take it all one step at a time.

The Grammy-nominated artist released a brand-new song, titled “Good With Me,” on Friday (Aug. 25). The song finds the Alabama native making the best out of life’s contradictions.

“I wrote this sitting on my dock after a long day of work,” Hayes explained of how the track came to be. “It felt like everyone I’d interacted with that day felt they needed to unload their opinions. I didn’t mind listening, but I noticed so much anger in their tone [and] I sat and thought for a while about how I know what everyone thinks except me. I thought of Laney and the song spilled out.”

Listen To Walker Hayes’ New Song “Good With Me” Below

Amidst a world consumed by disagreements, the track highlights how we’re losing sight of the things we actually agree on.

Throughout the tune, Hayes compiles the opinions of a variety of people in his life, highlighting how their viewpoints often clash on topics such as sports, sexual orientation, religion, politics, illness and even what constitutes as “real” country music.

“Well, Pam thinks Jesus is on his way/ Doug thinks she’s a hoot/ Rob thinks Bud Light makes you gay/ Shane thinks Rob is cute/ Coach thinks college athletes are making too much bank/ Kim thinks Covid was a Chinese prank/ Buddy thinks everything I sing sucks ‘cause it don’t sound like Hank/ Well baby I think,” the chart-topping superstar sings on the first chorus of the song.

Walker Hayes "Good With Me" Single Art
Walker Hayes “Good With Me” Single Art

“Good With Me” Unifies

The unifying anthem ultimately shifts from divisive subjects to what matters most, including the simple joys of life like fishing, relaxing by the lake, and treasured moments with loved ones, evoking Don Williams’ “I Believe In You” litany.

“Beer goes good with a lake/ And a lake goes good with a dock/ And a dock goes good with a fish on a hook/ And a hook goes good with a country song/ And a song goes good with a smile/ And a smile goes good with a kiss/ And a kiss goes good with you/ And baby you go good with me,” Hayes sings on the tune’s chorus.

Co-written by Walker Hayes alongside Shane McAnally and Scott Stepakoff, “Good With Me” showcases Hayes’ simplicity-driven approach to life. Whether he’s relishing a “Fancy Like” date night at Applebee’s with his wife Laney, staying on track in “AA,” or extending his Grinch yard display beyond Christmas, his goal is harmony, happiness, and perhaps a few more chuckles, especially from this song.

Explained The Reason Why He Released The Song

In an interview with The Tennessean, Walker Hayes further elaborated on the new song and why he hopes he won’t get “canceled” for some of the controversial topics he touched on in the tune.

“This song is a lighthearted look at the walls and doors we’ve erected around each other and how that’s harming our social condition,” he explained to the outlet. “I am a husband and country music songwriter with six kids and three dogs [and] I have enough occupations to fill my mental capacity each day adequately. I don’t think I can also absorb the news and have the ability to argue my opinions about that news on top of everything else I have going on in my life.”

Hayes continued to tell the outlet, “We all need to sit and take a moment to drink a beer and keep it real. Putting someone’s divisive, polarizing opinions ahead of their humanity can lead to us dangerously dehumanizing them. It’s important that − whether it’s beer, coffee, playing catch, religion, work, or something − we discover ways to re-create face-to-face relationships with each other.”

Walker Hayes; Photo Courtesy of Robert Shavers
Walker Hayes; Photo Courtesy of Robert Shavers

Announces EP, New Money

The tune is a taste of what’s to come on his upcoming EP, New Money, which is slated to arrive on September 29. The eight-song project maintains Hayes’ signature songwriting style, offering fans the relatable narratives they’ve come to love.

This release marks the first project that Walker Hayes has released since he announced his new partnership with Monument Records and RCA Records, adding another chapter to Hayes’ journey as a relatable storyteller.

Additionally, Walker Hayes is currently on the road performing headlining shows to sold-out crowds across the United States. He will appear as a performer at several upcoming events and festivals, including the Eastern Idaho State Fair, Hudson Valley Rodeo, The Great Frederick Fair, Arizona State Fair, Five Winds Country Music Festival and more.

For more information on Hayes’ forthcoming new project and upcoming tour dates, visit his official website HERE.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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