With hooky singles pumped full of Top 40 crossover potential, prodigious chops across a spectrum of musical instruments, a hint of twang to his voice, a million-dollar smile and baby blues to rival Frank Sinatra’s, fresh-faced and dreamy Hunter Hayes is pretty much pop-country’s wet dream: a natural-born star. Hayes is a male counterpart to Taylor Swift with potential to make the mainstream jump as country’s second coming of John Mayer. Given a self-titled debut that certified platinum and a trio of Top 10 singles — “Wanted,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and “I Want Crazy” — that are better suited to fill seats at Bridgestone Arena than pews at the Ryman, it’s easy to explain why this Mother Church double-header (with part-time Pistol Annie and fellow pop-country up-and-comer Ashley Monroe) sold out well in advance. Hayes will inevitably be too big to play the Ryman the next time he headlines in town (and probably for a long time to come); the question is, how long will he and country music claim each other? See him up close while you still can.
Fri, Oct 18 | 8:00 PM