Walker Hayes on ‘Y’all Life’, Tide players in music video, love for Nick Saban, Alabama football

Walker Hayes, he argues, is like you and me.

The singer loves college football, Applebee’s, Olive Garden and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Maybe not in that exact order.

The Mobile native spoke on Friday about the release of his new song “Y’all Life” and the influences that impacted the making of the song’s music video.

“It took me back to Friday nights in Mobile going to the St. Paul games where (wife) Laney and I graduated. It’s very joyful, very timely with the college football season coming up,” he told 247Sports.

The song was thrown into the spotlight on Friday when the official SEC Twitter account tweeted Hayes about the potential for a collaboration and how “Y’all Life” had the potential to be the college football song of the SEC. year. He replied in the affirmative, but the SEC’s tweet was quickly deleted after fan backlash.

Still, it seems that the comments associated with the video on YouTube are very different from those on social media.

Hayes says he’s “just a normal guy”.

Like many in the state, he is a huge Alabama fan. This could explain why he plays the coach role in the video.

“I am the youngest of nine children,” he explains. “Several of my older brothers and sisters went to Bama. Anyone born in Bama can understand this statement: I don’t remember having had a choice. Do you know what I’m saying? I was literally born and saw pictures of me as a tiny, tiny baby that said, “Wait bear, I’m coming.”

“It was like telling Bear Bryant that I would come play for you one day.

“When I say that’s all people care about in Alabama, I don’t mean it in a sad way like that’s all we have. It’s one of the biggest traditions. We wouldn’t want to come from anywhere else because of this tradition.

This isn’t the first time he’s pledged allegiance to the Tide. In his song “AA”, he refers to Nick Saban. “In Alabama where they love Nick Saban”…

The only difference, however, this time he had Crimson Tide drives in his music video.

Defensive lineman Byron Young and wide receiver Ja’ Corey Brooks, who caught a touchdown pass against Auburn in the Iron Bowl, appear. LSU star gymnast Olivia Dunne also appears as the cheerleader.

LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne stars in Walker Hayes’ music video for “Y’all Life.” (Youtube)

“Thank you @walkerhayes for including me in your music video for Y’all Life!” she posted on social media.

Members of Hayes’ family – including his six children and his wife, Laney – are his co-stars in the video.

Check full interview here.

Mark Heim is a sports reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.

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