Walker Hayes hit the stage at the Red River Valley Fair in West Fargo, North Dakota on Sunday, July 10, 2022, and was immediately greeted by a hyped up crowd who waited out in the heat to enjoy the show. Hayes opened up the show with his songs “Drinking Songs”, “Country Stuff” and “Beautiful.”
He told personal stories in-between many of the songs he performed which really connected the fans to the tracks and their meanings before they got to hear them live and sing along. The fan interactions and intimate song stories really made this show and artist one to watch. The setlist featured songs from all across Hayes’ last couple albums and had deep cuts for the die hard fans as well as the recognizable hits for new fans.
Hayes really drove home his amazing relationships with his wife and kids not only through sharing stories on stage, but also through the way he ran to the side of the stage to give his wife a kiss mid-set and by calling a portion of the show the “Laney section” because he was about to play his wives’ favorite songs of his. Hayes and his wife have six kids together who all watched the show from the side of the stage and who were seen tossing around a rainbow football backstage before the start of the show - A football that would later be thrown into the crowd after the lyrics, “Her favorite season is football,” were sang.
The show ended with the big hits “AA” and the ever-so-catchy “Fancy Like.” The crowd sang out all the lyrics to these songs and many fans popped up their phones to capture a video to remember the moment. To end the final chorus of the song and the show, all six of Walker Hayes’ kids ran out onto the stage to do the viral TikTok dance moves to “Fancy Like.” This show wasn’t a part of a particular tour but you can catch Walker Hayes on his social medias for show updates and check out his new song “Y’all Life” out this Friday, July 15, 2022!
Review/Photo By: Aly Goelzer