JULY 18 WADE HAYES – will be the 2020 Picnic Saturday night headliner. The Picnic Committee will pay him $6,500 to perform. He was born and raised in Bethel Acres, OK. His father, Don Hayes, also a professional country musician, inspired him to begin Hayes had learned to play the mandolin but later switched to guitar after his father bought him one. He attended three different colleges but dropped out in 1991 in pursuit of a career in country music. Wade returned to Nashville where he began recording demo tapes and writing his own material. In 1994, he signed a record deal with Columbia Records. His debut single “Old Enough to Know Better” was released and by early 1995, it peaked at Number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. His debut album by the same title produced three additional Top Ten singles, “I’m Still Dancin’ with You,” “Don’t Stop” and “What I Meant to Say” at No 4, No. 10 and No. 5 respectively. In 1995, Hayes was nominated for Top New Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association. On June 9, 2017, Hayes released Old Country Song an 11-cut collection of old and new songs.