On episode #214 of his podcast the BobbyCast, Bobby Bones called up Hunter Hayes to chat about his latest project, Wild Blue (Part 1), and his participation in Bluebird, the recent documentary about Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Café. The album is the first in a trilogy of albums Hunter will be releasing.
“This whole album is very different from anything I’ve ever done as far as the three parts, the way that we’re putting it out, and the way I’m getting to be creative with it has been life changing in multiple ways,” says Hunter. “Musically, God, it’s been good for the soul.”
Part of what made the album process so life changing is the theme that Hunter is portraying within the project, which the idea of being free.
“Wild Blue was about the ‘flying dreams,’” says Hunter. “I’ve heard so many of my friends, so many people that I’ve talked to talk about these ‘flying dreams’ that happen, and they feel free, and I wanted this album to be that for me.”
Hunter is also included in Bluebird, the documentary released on November 15 about the famous Nashville listening room. The documentary also features Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Taylor Swift, Bobby and others. Hunter shared with Bobby why the Bluebird Café is such a special place to him.
“One of my favorite things in the year is when I get to play the Bluebird,” says Hunter. “And also, just as a songwriter, I feel like being in that room is like getting handed a trophy. I think it’s because I’ve seen so many legendary writers there, and I’ve experienced so many life-changing rounds, or songs that totally blew my mind or changed my perspective or changed the way that I worked or really inspired me when I first moved to town.”
Hunter also talked about his first-ever time on the stage at the Bluebird. He was sitting in the audience when he was invited by late songwriter Andrew Dorff to come onstage and sing his hit song, “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” before it was a single.
“At the time, no one on my team thought it was going to be a single, and I was like, ‘No, I really feel good about this tune,’” says Hunter. “So, I think that’s one of the things that made it so special is because, again, it was in the Bluebird that the song — it felt honest, it felt real, there was no big band behind it. But obviously, the most important part about that looking back now was my first time playing the Bluebird I got to sit in with Andrew Dorff, one of my all-time favorite songwriters and somebody that we don’t have nearly enough music from.”
To hear more from Bobby’s conversation with Hunter, tune into episode #214 of the BobbyCast.