Clay Walker Mixes Timeless and Trendy on ‘Need a Bar Sometimes’

The '90s star returns with all new music and an all new team.

Written by Chris Parton
Clay Walker Mixes Timeless and Trendy on ‘Need a Bar Sometimes’
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Clay Walker mixes the timeless and trendy with his new single, “Need a Bar Sometimes,” getting back in the saddle for a smooth-pouring anthem.

Featuring steel guitar atmosphere, banjos and Walker’s classic vocal — but also forward-thinking electronic percussion — the track is a laid-back soundtrack built to help listeners unwind. Straightforward but satisfying, it was co-written by the ’90s-country favorite with Jaren Boyer, Josh Mirenda and George Birge, and given that fresh sound by producers Michael Knox (famous for his work as Jason Aldean’s longtime studio partner) and Boyer.

“We all need a bar sometimes / Lean back with a long neck on a neon night / Somewhere you can sip and unwind / Or hang out with the party crowd till closing time / You might be drowning her leaving / Or just here drinking / But we all need a bar sometimes,” goes the steady chorus.

“Need a Bar Sometimes” marks Walker’s first single since joining Toby Keith’s record label, Show Dog Nashville, and the first taste of his upcoming 12th album. He recently opened up to Sounds Like Nashville about what to expect from the project — and what it’s been like parenting through the coronavirus pandemic. That part of the job is about to get a little more hectic, as Walker and his wife just announced they are expecting their fifth child.

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