Ward Hayden and The Outliers

Home Push Ward Hayden and The Outliers


Aug 12 2022


9:00 pm - 11:59 pm
“Modern-day Buddy Holly plus Dwight Yoakam divided by the Mavericks” -Rolling Stone

“Free Country” Manifesto

What first led me to country music was the honesty of the lyrics. Truth is hard to find and here

was a genre where many of the early songs of country music had laid bare the honesty of a

feeling, of a situation or of an emotion. Really, truth is hard to find and it’s especially difficult to

be honest with yourself. The truth hurts. But what I’ve always appreciated about the early

songwriters of the country genre was that they had an innocence to their songwriting. I don’t

think many of these early songwriters knew any better, and I don’t mean that as an insult, I

mean it as a compliment. Their innocence hadn’t yet been corrupted. They knew nothing

different but to tell it like it is, and some of them paid a steep cost, look at ole Hank Williams.

You can’t be in touch with that kind of emotion and not have it take some serious toll on you.

Question: Do you know what we don’t need?

Answer: Social Media

Question: Do you know how long mankind existed without social media?

Answer: 200,000 years

Question: Do you know what social media gives most people?

Answer: Nothing, but anxiety.

And that’s what led us to making this album. Freedom. We were given a gift, fans pledged their

money to our Kickstarter campaign, they gave us the means to make this album. The pandemic

showed up and it gave us the time to evaluate life, purpose, and our place in it. And then it gave

us the time and the opportunity to write about observations and meaningful experiences and

to record it in this collection of songs.

So, we’re giving it back. Not having to stand on stage and please anyone for a stretch of nearly 16

months gave us a certain freedom. A freedom to exist in a more innocent and honest state. It

gave us the opportunity to be honest with ourselves and to put our observations and feelings

into lyrics and music. It was a creative freedom I hadn’t felt since I first started writing songs.

My father always said to me that if he had something worthwhile, that he thought would

benefit other people, then he would give it away. He would want other people to have it if he

thought it could help them. I don’t know if this album will be beneficial to everyone, but it’s felt

beneficial to us and we want to share it. If you want “Free Country” then we’re gonna give it to

you. And it’s free to download for anyone who wants it.

This album isn’t about politics. Ward Hayden and The Outliers aren’t concerned with the names

of the players, firebrands that anyone holds near and dear, whose banner they hang their ego and identity on or whose words other people use to speak for them. This is an album of reflection and an examination of the socio-cultural divide, with a desire to survive it, surpass it and then move past it.

This is about you, this is about me, this is about us as people. It’s also about the hope and trust

that the strong emotions a lot of us are feeling will manifest into positivity. Sometimes before

deciding to visit a car wash, you have to first acknowledge that the car you’re driving is in fact

dirty and in need of being cleaned up.

Here’s the thing….you can’t kill an idea, you can’t wipe out an ideology because you find it

offensive or hurtful or damaging. And it’s fine to oppose it, but that won’t do away with it. So,

here’s the other thing…you can replace is with something better.

If you want to numb out and not think, turn on the tv. But, if you want to experience Free

Country, download the album, press play, read along with the lyrics and let’s see what happens.


Order from The Main Pub Online

Select one of the following order methods:

TMP Delivery Partners

Select one of the following 3rd party delivery platforms:

51309126250_c2dd24caee_k (2)

Special Ticketed Live Events!

The Z3

Fri. Sept 15th

Zappa reimagined for the 21st century listener, guaranteed to please all the Dancin' Fools.

7 Below

Fri. Sept 22nd

All 4 original members will be performing for this special ticketed Tribute to Phish at The Main Pub