First time CMT Music Award nominee, Walker Hayes, will be making his debut at the show with a performance of his RIAA –Certified Platinum hit, “You Broke Up With Me,” off his debut studio album boom. (Monument Records.) Walker will take the RAM Trucks Side Stage live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 6th.

Walker is nominated for “Breakthrough Video of the Year” for the song, which has resonated with country music fans having been streamed over 140 million times. The success of the track is in no-doubt due to Walker’s vulnerable and truthful style of storytelling through his lyrics. His latest single from the album, “Craig,” certainly follows suit grabbing audiences and critics alike by their heartstrings.

“Craig – with its personal, soul-bearing storyline; rolling rhymes; and Macklemore-like cadence — nicely summarizes the evolution that occurred during those seven wilderness years” – Billboard 

“A particularly gut-wrenching song on the album” … “The song is the type of uncomfortably honest music that Hayes is most comfortable writing” – Washington Post

“While country music is filled with songs about faith and family, more often than not those tunes tend to pander to the audience rather than start a conversation. That’s why “Craig” is so different.” – One Country

In conjunction with the single, Walker has established The Be A Craig Fund as a tribute to the man named Craig whose kindness and generosity helped Walker and his family during one of their toughest times. The Fund aims to empower and encourage others to seek out opportunities to help those who need it and reflect the same kindness Walker received. Fans will be able to submit a story of someone they would like to “be a Craig” for, buy a BeACraig t-shirt with all proceeds going to the fund, or can make a simple donation. Several of the stories submitted will be chosen along the way and profits from fundraising will be used to aide those special people just looking for a little help.

For more information on The Be A Craig Fund, please visit: 

Following the 2018 CMT Music Awards, Walker will be hitting this year’s CMA Fest on Sunday, June 10th. Below is a schedule of Walker’s upcoming appearances and performances during the festival:

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

10:00am               Fan meet and greet
Location:             Music City Center 201 5th Ave. S

12:15pm               Riverfront Stage Performance

2:00pm                 HGTV Stage Performance
Location:             HGTV Lodge  4th Ave. S. between Broadway & Demonbreun

4:00pm                 Radio Disney Country Stage Performance
Location:             Music City Center 201 5th Ave. S

About Walker Hayes: 
Monument Records recording artist, Walker Hayes, is a singer/songwriter originally from Mobile, Alabama. Hayes released his debut album boom. on December 8, 2017, which he co- produced with GRAMMYAward winning producer and songwriter, Shane McAnally. The 10 track album includes the RIAA certified Platinum Top 10 hit, “You Broke Up With Me” as well as the highly anticipated follow up single, “Craig,” which was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2018 AIMP Nashville Awards. The track, written by Hayes alone, tells a heart-wrenching story about a friend of Hayes’ who helped his family during difficult times. The song has been called, “someone’s Song of the Year” by Taste of Country and “uncomfortably honest” by The Washington Post. Hayes’ single, “You Broke Up With Me” is nominated for a 2018 CMT Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year; this marks his first CMT Awards nomination. Hayes just wrapped Kelsea Ballerini’s Unapologetically Tour as well his first-ever headlining tour, the Good As Gold Tour. He’s recently been on the road with Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and more. This summer, Hayes will be performing at fairs and festivals throughout the country; for a full list of tour dates, visit