Zach Bryan Calls Out Country Radio And Throws Shade At Walker Hayes

“Imagine being radio (whoever the hell that is), hearing ‘Shake the Frost’ and being like ‘no, no, let’s go with the Applebees song,'” Bryan wrote.

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Posted on January 9, 2024

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Zach Bryan called out Country radio, took a jab at Walker Hayes and lauded Tyler Childers after Childers scored his first-ever charting hit at Country radio with “In Your Love” from his latest album, Rustin’ In The Rain.

Zach Bryan Calls Out Country Radio

On Tuesday morning (Jan. 9), the “Something In The Orange” singer took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to express his disappointment over Tyler Childers never previously charting on mainstream country radio and criticize the platform for not playing Childers music more often.

“‘First ever’ is fuckn insane, one of the best songwriters to ever do it,” he wrote, while reposting Whiskey Riff’s article celebrating the news of Childers’ first-ever charting single.

Throws Subtle Shade At Walker Hayes‘ “Fancy Like”

He went on to throw shade at Walker Hayes’ chart-topping hit, “Fancy Like” and questioned the choices of the radio DJs, who choose what songs to play on the airwaves.

“Imagine being radio (whoever the hell that is), hearing ‘Shake the Frost’ and being like ‘no, no, let’s go with the Applebees song,’” he added in a separate post on the X platform. Zach Bryan also replied to another social media user, whose account and post has since been deleted, saying, “Dude relax, we don’t have a choice in what happens after songs are released, I am glad he’s on the radio, it’s just silly it took ten years, shows the validity of it.”

Clarifies Comments About Hayes

Some of his followers were upset and responded to Bryan’s comments about Hayes. “You’re not wrong, but don’t do Walker dirty like that. Another great songwriter,” one fan wrote.

Bryan then clarified that he is “not insulting anyone” when it comes to the comments about Hayes. “Meant it with humor not malice, different strokes different folks was just bent about the first ever on mainstream radio thing my bad,” Bryan continued.

Who Is Tyler Childers?

Zach Bryan’s comments come after Tyler Childers earned his first-ever career charting single at mainstream Country radio with “In Your Love.” The tune cracked the Top 50 on the Mediabase chart this week, according to Country radio insider Chris Owen.

Childers, a born and raised Kentucky native, is an independent artist (and has been for most of his entire career) that has amassed millions and millions of streams and gained a slew of die hard fans throughout his career. He grew up in Lawrence County, Kentucky, and learned to sing while performing in the church choir. Childers later taught himself to play guitar and write songs around the age of 13 years old. After graduating from High School, he enrolled for Western Kentucky University for a semester and then at Bluegrass Community and Technical College for several semesters before he dropped out to pursue a career in music.

Tyler Childers; Photo Courtesy of Facebook
Tyler Childers; Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Rose To Fame With His Breakout Album, Purgatory

The hitmaker, whose real name is Timothy Tyler Childers, rose to fame in August 2017 with the release of his breakout album, Purgatory, which feature the fan-favorite tunes such as “Lady May,” “Whitehouse Road,” “Universal Sound” and more. Over the course of his career so far, the neotraditional bluegrass country singer has released six studio albums, as well as several EPs and singles.

In 2021, Tyler Childers signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music Nashville. He is also signed to RCA Records Nashville in partnership with his imprint Hickman Holler Records. One year later, in 2022, Childers released his triple album, Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?, which is divided into three parts: Hallelujah, Jubilee, and Joyful Noise. The album went on to become his first-ever Top 10 album on the Billboard 200 when it charted at No. 8, after selling 27,000 units.

Fast-forward to 2023, when he released “In You Love,” a song he co-wrote with Geno Seale that appears on his latest album, Rustin’ In The Rain. That song is the tune that he just earned his first career charting single at country radio with. Tyler Childers also brought the single to life with a Silas House-directed music video that made headlines last year as he depicts a relationship between two gay coal miners in the 1950s, according to his official Wikipedia.

For more information on Tyler Childers, 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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