Homestead Hall Welcomes Wade Hayes - July 16, 2022
Country music's power has always been in its ability to reflect real life, and few artists have a stronger gift for capturing both heartache and hope than Wade Hayes. In the past few years, the singer/songwriter has navigated a complicated journey that has produced some of the most potent songs of his already impressive career. Surviving stage IV colon cancer, not just once but twice, has given Hayes a unique perspective of the fragility of life and the strength of the human spirit.
Unlike many singers and songwriters of the day, Wade Hayes has experienced life from a unique perspective that gave him the ability to see into the real-life aspects of both triumphs and tragedies. This is reflected in his work, especially since he survived two attacks of stage-four colon cancer.
Hayes is a second-generation country singer who hailed from Bethel Acres, Okla., a town of 2,735 people just northwest of Oklahoma City. Hayes' father performed on the country music scene. At an early age, Hayes dreamed of becoming the next Don Rich, who played for legend Buck Owens.
"I was a big fan of Don Rich, and I thought that's what I wanted to do," Hayes recalls. "That's what I moved to Nashville for."
In 2009, Hayes hit the road, touring the nation with his new album, "A Place to Turn Around," for the next two years until the fall of 2011 when he was diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer. Because of his age, doctors were taken off guard. After he went through several surgeries and chemotherapy he eventually overcame the cancer. But a year later, the cancer returned. But he faced the second attack head-on, and soon the cancer went into remission for a second time.
Hayes is now cancer-free again, and the title track of his new album was inspired by a conversation with his oncologist.
"That's a song that I'm very proud of," he says. "When I'd gotten through cancer the second time and we were looking at my blood work, my oncologist was talking about taking my port out. A port is something they implant into either your chest or under your arm where you receive chemotherapy. My oncologist said, 'Wade, you were stage four and now you're cancer-free. We can take your port out. This is a big deal and I want to tell you something. I want you to go live your life.'
"It hit me like a ton of bricks," Hayes said, "because I knew that he meant two different things: one being, it's kind of a miracle that you're still here. You need to go enjoy your life. And two being, you had cancer really bad, and when it spread as far as it did, there's a good chance that it can come back. He was telling me to go live my life because we don't know how long this good is going to be. I told Bobby Pinson that story, and we wrote the song."
In addition to writing and recording, Hayes has been back on the road, touring with pals Bryan White and Mark Wills. He also enjoys spending time at his 11-acre farm outside Nashville where one of his favorite hobbies is restoring old pickup trucks. He makes time to share his experience with cancer and encourages others fighting the battle.
"I've met so many wonderful people during this journey, especially when I started healing and got out and began speaking. I've met some incredible, brave people that were inspiring to me and told me that my story is inspiring to them. I heard the story of a guy who had cancer similar to mine, and he made it back to being cancer-free. It gave me so much hope that once I got through the valley I thought, 'Man, that's what I want to do for other people.' I want to help them and try to give them inspiration and hope. With God all things are possible. I'm a living example."
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- Parking gates open at 5 pm CT
- Doors open at 6 pm
- Show starts at 7 pm
- The Concert Hall is about 45 mins south of Nashville, just 5 miles off I-65.
- The address is: 4544 Highway 431, Columbia, TN 38401
- The closest airport is the Nashville International Airport
- There are lots of hotel options nearby. These are just a few:
- FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES: 1545 Halifax Drive, Columbia, TN 38401 - (931) 548-8444
- COMFORT INN: 1544 Bear Creek Pike, Columbia, TN 38401 - (931) 388-2500
- SLEEP INN: 1605 Harley Davidson Blvd, Columbia, TN, 38401 - (931) 548-2900
- RED ROOF INN: 1548 Bear Creek Pike, Columbia, TN 38401 - (931) 381-1410
- HAMPTON INN: 1551 Halifax Drive, Columbia, TN 38401 - (931) 540-1222
- BLYTHEWOOD INN: 109 Blythewood Drive, Columbia, TN 38401(931) 982-0907
- AirBnB's: There are lots of great local places to stay. Check out Mike Wolfe's Two Lanes Guesthouse and some other charming options near Columbia, TN at HouseandSanctuary.com.
- We do NOT have RV hookups at the concert barn. There are two places nearby that do.
- Campers RV Park: 1792 Bear Creek Pike Columbia, TN 38401 931-381-4112
- Henry Horton State Park: 4209 Nashville Hwy Chapel Hill, TN. 37034 931-364-2222
- Visit one of our three family owned locations:
- MARCY JO'S MEALHOUSE is only a mile away at 4205 US-431, Columbia, TN 38401.
- If you visit downtown Columbia during your trip, be sure to visit MARCY JO'S MULETOWN at 105 E. 6th St. Columbia, TN. 38401
- MARCY JO'S BAKERY is located at 1340 Highway 99, Lewisburg, TN 37091
- Note, there's also a Cracker Barrel and other restaurant options within a few miles at I-65, exit 46.
If you’re looking for more info about what to do in Muletown (our hometown of Columbia), here is a list of hotels and info for some of our most Frequently Asked Questions from our website. You can also check out visitor information at visitcolumbiatn.com or visit the newly opened Visit Columbia, TN Welcome Center located at 713 N. Main St. on the Downtown Square.