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Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Country
Years active 2003
Labels Universal South
Associated acts Alan Jackson, The Strayhorns, Randy Owen
Past members Wade Hayes
Mark McClurg

McHayes was an American country music duo established in 2003 by Wade Hayes (guitar, vocals), along with musician Mark McClurg (fiddle, vocals). Prior to the duo's foundation, Hayes was a solo artist, and McClurg was a member of Alan Jackson's road band, The Strayhorns. Active only in the year 2003, McHayes recorded an unreleased studio album on the Universal South Records label, in addition to charting one single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Ater disbanding, McClurg rejoined Jackson's band, and Hayes joined former Alabama lead singer Randy Owen's backing band.


Between 1995 and 2002, McHayes frontman Wade Hayes was a solo artist, recording four studio albums, and charting more than a dozen singles on the Billboard country music charts, including the number 1 single "Old Enough to Know Better". After poor performance of his fourth studio album, Highways & Heartaches, he partnered with musician Mark McClurg, who had previously played fiddle in Alan Jackson's road band The Strayhorns, to form the duo McHayes.[1][2] Signed to Universal South Records in 2003, McHayes charted one single, titled "It Doesn't Mean I Don't Love You",[3] which peaked at number 41 on the U.S. country charts.[4] McHayes also recorded an album titled Lessons in Lonely, which was slated for release in mid-2003 under the production of Brent Rowan.[5] The album was never released, and the duo exited Universal South's roster.[6][7] McClurg returned to The Strayhorns, while Hayes resumed his solo career and played guitar for Randy Owen.



Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2003 "It Doesn't Mean I Don't Love You" 41 Lessons in Lonely (unreleased)
2004 "Tulsa Time" Single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
2004 "Tulsa Time"


  1. ^ Neal, Helen. "McHayes Debut on the Grand Ole Opry". Country Stars Archived from the original on 2007-08-17. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  2. ^ " : Wade Hayes : Wade Hayes Forms Duo, Signs New Deal". Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  3. ^ Ruble, Drew. "New country duo McHayes signs with Universal South". Nashville Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 273. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  5. ^ Dinoia, Maria Konicki. "Lessons in Lonely review". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Neal, Helen. "Universal-South Artists Capture The Trap". Country Stars Archived from the original on 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  7. ^ Flippo, Chet. " : News : Nashville Skyline : Some Orphaned CDs of 2003". Retrieved 2007-10-12.