If you ask any current young country artists who their influences are, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear them name at least one superstar from the 1990s. The era that produced favorites like Tim McGraw, Dixie Chicks, and Kenny Chesney was almost as diverse as today’s country with sounds that ranged from neo-traditional to pop and rock and birthed many of our karaoke go-tos.
Apparently, even “You Broke Up With Me” singer Walker Hayes is a fan of folks like George Strait and Alan Jackson because even though he doesn’t usually wear a Stetson, he donned one to recreate some great country album covers. Then he tipped that hat to his musical heroes in the new tune “90s Country.”
After a week of teasing the tune, it was finally made available to fans on August 30, and it was worth the wait.
Filled with references to…you guessed it…90s country songs…Walker sticks to his fun, rapid-fire, sing-songy recitation style. But even if that isn’t your thing, it’s darn fun to listen over and over while you try to catch which artist and song the new country hunk is name-checking. We counted 22 including songs from Sammy Kershaw, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Ricochet.
Now, if you want to download or stream this fun summer song, be sure to search for it as Walker Hayes “90s Country.” If you just search “90s Country,” you’ll be taken down a delightful country music rabbit hole that you may never want to get out of.
If you’ve listened a few times and still aren’t hearing all of the lyrical references, here’s a list for you to compare to:
“Strawberry Wine” – Deana Carter
“Amazed” – Lonestar
“Cowboy Take Me Away” – Dixie Chicks
“Wink” – Neal McCoy
“I Like It, I Love It” – Tim McGraw
“Check Yes or No” – George Strait
“She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” – Kenny Chesney
“Jukebox Junkie” – Ken Mellons
“Vidalia” – Sammy Kershaw
“Queen of My Double Wide Trailer” – Sammy Kershaw
“Shut Up and Kiss Me” – Mary Chapin Carpenter
“John Deere Green” – Joe Diffie
“I Cross My Heart” – George Strait
“Walkaway Joe” – Trisha Yearwood
“The Church on Cumberland Road” – Shenandoah
“Dust on the Bottle” – David Lee Murphy
“Sold (The Grundy County Auction)” – John Michael Montgomery
“She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful” – Sammy Kershaw
“Chattahoochee” – Alan Jackson
“Daddy’s Money” -Ricochet
“Don’t Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)” – Shania Twain
“Friends in Low Places” – Garth Brooks