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As a true holder of the title “Okie from Muskogee,” Wesley Michael Hayes grew up a country boy with a passion for sports and music. Working to promote his first single, “Love In Pictures,” to Texas Radio and planning the release of the EP, BENT, Hayes is a self-described “underdog who loves going against the grain and doing things that others are afraid to do.” Having lived a “broken and patched life” that includes all the trappings of a true country song, Hayes is counting on his traditional sound and style to resonate with those looking for realism and raw honesty.

“My mom’s people were bootleggers and outlaws who would play music on the porch and such after some shine runnin’. That’s where the music talent comes from,” he said. “I was given a ’71 Alvarez guitar by my Uncle Harley at one point and my love for playing grew from there.”

At the age of 10, Hayes began playing drums debuting just two years later with a solo of “Wipe Out” at Coweta High School. With influences that range from rock to traditional country, Hayes’ father took him to a Jethro Tull concert as a child and they often cruised around listening to Stevie Wonder, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Earth, Wind & Fire; at home with his mother and grandparents he watched “Hee Haw.”