Texas native, Hayden Baker, has gone from posting cover songs and “how-to” guitar tutorials on YouTube to opening for some of country music’s biggest stars in the span of just a few short years. His style of playing carefully blends the neo-traditional country sound complete with crying steel and soaring fiddle with ripping guitar solos reminiscent of Brad Paisley. Speaking of Brad, he has actually befriended Hayden and re-posted a few of his videos on social media. Hayden even got to step on stage with Brad in Cleveland, OH and jam with his band during soundcheck.
In December of 2018, Hayden released his first album entitled Born In The Wrong Generation. The lead track off of that EP, "How Many Beers" was released to radio and made it all the way to #35 on the TRRR chart. His first full length album will be released this fall with a few singles preceding it this summer.
He has received praise for both his guitar playing and songwriting skills from many industry giants; including Ronnie Dunn, Clay Walker, Chris DuBois, Wade Bowen and—his guitar hero—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!”
Hayden's live shows are full of energy. Expect country-rocker's, high speed train beats, mid-tempo dancing songs, and a few waltz's full of fiddle and steel. Oh, and LOTS of guitar solos. Though Hayden has only been performing for a short time, he has accomplished more than most could dream of doing in their career. In November of 2018, Hayden stood in front of 5,000+ and opened the show for the great Willie Nelson at The Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, Texas. He has also opened for the likes of Larry Gatlin, Wade Bowen, Parker McCollum, Randall King, Josh Ward, Tracy Lawrence and Joe Nichols.