Fans of Clay Walker can “do their dreaming with their eyes wide open” when the multi-platinum country superstar takes the stage at the Golden Nugget Casino Resort in Lake Charles on Feb. 21. 

Walker spoke to the Beauregard Daily News and Leesville Daily Leader about the upcoming show. 

“It’s going to be a great show, and I can’t wait to be there. Playing in Lake Charles is almost like playing at home,” Walker said. “I grew up in Beaumont, Texas, and I know a lot of those fans will be there along with the Louisiana fans.”

Walker has recorded 11 studio albums, four of which were certified platinum. He has charted 30 country singles, including the six number one hits: "What's It to You", "Live Until I Die", Dreaming with My Eyes Open", "If I Could Make a Living", "This Woman and This Man", and "Rumor Has It".

His most recent album, Long Live The Cowboy, was released in 2019. The title of the album, as well as the track on the album of the same name, are tributes to the cowboy lifestyle that he holds dear.

“Ranching has been in my family for hundreds of years. It’s a way of life that’s not common anymore,” Walker said. “When I’m not singing I’m ranching. I teach my kids that tradition. I’ve always been truthful and honest with the fanbase. I am a cowboy, and I wanted to reflect that in the album.”

Also on the album is a cover of Ed Sheeran’s signature hit “Thinking Out Loud.” Walker admitted that he doesn’t listen to much pop music, but heard the song once while he was out traveling. He spoke about what led him to record his own rendition of the song. 

“I knew I was taking a chance with it. The first time I heard that song I was on the road. I really liked it. I didn’t know who it was, but I thought that it would make a good country song. It was challenging, and I like that. One time I was singing it to my wife and she said she really liked it. If she likes it then there must be something to it.”

One lyric in “Thinking Out Loud” really stood out to Walker. The lyric reads: “When my hands don't play the strings the same way, I know you will still love me the same.” Walker said that it was a really vulnerable lyric that struck a chord with him. 

During the interview, Walker expressed that he was excited to play at the Golden Nugget, and talked about what he liked about the venue.

“I’m ready to play at the Golden Nugget. I’ve been friends with Tillman Fertita for many years and was so excited when the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles was built. It's amazing what a great venue it has become.”

Walker has been performing in front of a lot of sellout crowds across the country recently, and he noted that he still gets goosebumps before every show. During the interview, he also shared how he has honed his voice over the years. 

“When a show sells out, it means that the fans have really bought into who you are and what you’re doing,” Walker said. “With singing, you can become better at it constantly through practice. My voice has gotten better and better over the past few years by practicing different techniques. I love singing so much. Every time I get on stage I get chills because I'm sharing something that's special to me and I know it's special to the fans as well.” 

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