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Highways & Heartaches

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If every barroom in the world but one burned down, it's easy to imagine Wade Hayes standing in it long after midnight, belting out hard-hitting, alcohol- and despair-drenched honky-tonk laments like "Life After Lovin' You" and "That's What Honky Tonks Are For" from this fourth album. The Oklahoma-born Hayes possesses a choked-down, throbbing baritone that's delightfully reminiscent of Waylon Jennings. On swaggering barnburners like "What's It Gonna Take," pleading laments like "Goodbye Is the Wrong Way to Go," and his dazzling rendition of "She Used to Say That to Me," this Telecaster-toting cowboy serves up an eerie, compelling hard-country mix of macho nonchalance and painful vulnerability. On "I'm Lonesome Too," which has all the markings of a showstopper, Hayes serves up a tortured, yearning Chris Isaak-style falsetto that showcases yet another winning dimension of his rock-solid talents and stalwart neo-honky-tonk sensibilities. --Bob Allen
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004XSX6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With his fourth album, Wade Hayes puts forth a solid and addictive collection of country tunes.
There's nothing particularly new or different about "Highways and Heartaches," but that's part of the album's simple beauty.
Hayes is about as country as they come, and while his previous album, "When the Wrong One Loves You Right" had its hits, it also had its problems - namely too much percussion overshadowing some great guitar work. It's telling that the two hits off that album - "How Do You Sleep at Night?" and "The Day That She Left Tulsa" - were slower ballads. The faster stuff sounded like the producers trying to push Hayes toward Garth Brooks' cross-over audience.
With "Highways and Heartaches" - which counts Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn as one of its producers - Hayes returns to his earlier pure country sound. Dunn and fellow producers Terry McBride, Don Cook and Hayes' songwriting partner Chick Rains apparently realize that Hayes' isn't about pushing the musical envelope.
Hayes is better off going the route of George Strait, who can change without seeming to change, trying new things while keeping the surface sound a steady classic country.
With this in mind, Hayes' new album subtly shows a wider range of vocal emotion and musical style than his previous work. At the same time, with his authoritative baritone and accomplished guitar skills deeply entrenched in country roots, Hayes mirrors Strait's reliability.
Hayes said in an interview this summer that he doesn't disparage against other types of music, it's just that he'd feel ridiculous trying to play anything else.
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In a world full of POP country, it is so nice to hear the sounds of traditional country music. With a voice that can put you in the mood for anything. As an avid Wade fan, i was extremely upset that Monument didn't let Wade write any of the songs on this cd, but there are so many politics involved. At least there are Chick Rains and Shawn Camp involved who are some of Wade's favorite songwriters.The album is definately full of some great music. "Goodbye is the Wrong Way to Go" shows off all of his tallents, espically that distinct voice'then there is "What's it gonna take" which will get ANYONE dancing,"Up North" once again, i can't say enough about the tallent that Wade has,you will just have to listen for yourself.It is well worth it.As far for how long it took to release, once again politics.Wade has appoligized over and over again for that.(and he has no control over it either!) I just think everyone should know how genuine and REAL Wade Hayes is.The album is GREAT and so is he as a person.Everyone should take the time to listen to ALL of his music.He is 100% tallent, writing,guitar, and singing.But most of all a very nice person and very deserving of the fame he should receive.Thank You,Debbie Rueve
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I have loved Wade's music since the first time I heard him sing the early hits: "Don't Stop"; "Old Enough to Know Better"; and all the rest. He released a single awhile back with "Wichita Lineman" on it that left me asking, "Glen who?". What a great voice. HIGHWAYS & HEARTACHES is no different in that respect. The selections are great. Wade's voice is so distinctive. From start to finish, this CD keeps you wanting to hear even more. I play it over and over again. I have seen Wade in person 5 times now and he just never ceases to amaze me because he performs every one of his songs EXACTLY like they are on his CD's and they seem to come straight from his heart! He has such integrity. A true COUNTRY singer. This guy may have been around a few years already, but give him some more time. When some of the soft pop in country music isn't so trendy anymore, Wade will still be singing great traditional Country music. It took awhile for folks like Willie Nelson and John Anderson to be popular. It'll happen for Wade Hayes too. The more often you hear him sing, the more you will believe it's true.......
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Wade Hayes can be justifiably proud of his fourth album, titled (by a fan!) "Highways and Heartaches". Traditional country style shines brightly with his rich voice, passionate youthful energy, and deft mix of love songs and heartbreak songs, with a bit of honky tonk thrown in for good measure. For anyone already familiar with his previous material, "Highways and Heartaches" brings few surprises other than his amazing vocal range on "I'm Lonesome Too". Not a single disappointment can be found among these ten songs; the standouts include "Life After Lovin' You" (the inspiration for the album title); "What's It Gonna Take"; "You Were, You Are, You'll Always Be"; and "That's What Honky Tonks Are For". "Highways and Heartaches" is solid and satisfying throughout, even better than his previous three albums: "Old Enough To Know Better" (1994), "On a Good Night" (1996), and "When the Wrong One Loves You Right" (1998). I LOVE "Highways and Heartaches" and highly recommend it!
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