R. L. Hayden released his 11th album on October 27, 2017.  The Black Hills debuted as the #1 album on the iTunes Folk Albums Chart.  The release marks an impressive end to Hayden’s year which took him 50,000 miles across the United States and Canada while performing 104 concerts for over 25,000 fans.  He has earned praises from some of the nation’s top-selling publications such as USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and People Magazine. Over the course of his career, Hayden has built a loyal following of fans while performing across the country opening for such acts as Chris Ledoux, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Robert Earl Keen.  He has performed on some of the biggest stages in America including Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Austin City Limits Festival, Grand Ole Opry, Billy Bob’s Texas and The Fillmore as well as numerous European tours.  His recording of “Buckaroo Man” (written by Dave Stamey) has been featured at Fenway Park in Boston as the introduction song for Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz.  Hayden has also been recognized as a prominent songwriter who’s credits include George Strait, Robert Earl Keen, Aaron Watson and Kevin Fowler among other notable artists.

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