At age 3, Katy, Texas native Hayden Baker received a gift. A small scale, Mark II acoustic guitar that was
signed by the most successful country music duo of all time. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn. Underneath
Ronnie’s signature, he wrote the same single word of advice that the great Chet Atkins had told Ronnie
when he started out…. “Hayden practice…..”. Hayden did.
Fast forward 20 plus years later and Hayden has released two independent projects that have amassed hundreds of thousands of streams and he has charted 2 singles in the Top 40 on the Texas Regional Radio Report. Hayden is known for his ripping Telecaster guitar solos and knack for weaving the modern-day vernacular into the lyrics of his songs while keeping them undeniably country.
He has shared the stage with multiple country music stalwarts such as Tracy Lawrence, Easton Corbin,
Larry Gatlin, Joe Nichols and the great Willie Nelson as well as a smattering of Texas Music Legends like
Aaron Watson, Randall King, Parker McCollum and Wade Bowen.
His guitar playing has garnered praise from heavyweight pickers like Jimmy Olander (Diamond Rio), Brent Mason, and Brad Paisley, who has described Hayden as a “phenomenal player” and his songwriting skills from many industry giants Ronnie Dunn, Clay Walker, Chris DuBois, Wade Bowen and
Brad Paisley. As Clay put it, “You have to be born with the gift of songwriting to be successful. This kid was born with it!”
In November of 2020, Hayden released a 10-song project and also he received a phone call from the man who left him that note on the old Mark II guitar. A few months and several trips to Music City later, Hayden was the inaugural artist signed to Ronnie’s new publishing company Perfect Pitch LLC and has since written several songs with the Country Music Hall of Famer.
Hayden is still playing shows throughout the Texas circuit and beyond, while working on collecting a batch of songs for his next project with some of the best writers in the country.