Clay Walker Shares The Story Of How He Got His Stage Name

Clay Walker is making sure his fans know that he's not slowing down anytime soon with life or with his music. He dropped a new song called "Easy Goin'" and it's the first sample of Walker's 11th studio album. He virtually stopped by The Bobby Bones Show to share all about his upcoming projects, and the story behind his name.

Walker has had a long career in country music that has spanned three decades with six number 1 hits. Some artists may not like reminiscing on the past, but he said he enjoys when people tell them they grew up listening to his music. Not only that, Walker says one of his favorite things is when he ends his live shows with his hit "What's It To You" and looks out into the crowd to see parents and kids alike singing along. Those memories are why he's ready to get back out on the road and perform his new song "Easy Goin'."

Some may not know that Walker's real name is actually Ernest Walker and he's a Jr. His dad and grandpa were also Ernests. But his stage name came from his mom and grandma calling him "Clayboy" as a nickname when he was young. The name came from the TV Show 'Spencer's Mountain' and at the time, it drove him crazy. So instead of getting angry he kept the nickname, but shortened it to be Clay and the rest is history.

With his next album coming "so soon" and at least 5 new songs about to drop, Bobby Bones asked Walker to name the first memories that came to mind with his hit songs. When asked about "This Woman And This Man" Walker immediately thinks of playing Houston Rodeo to a sold out crowd of 70K fans singing at the top of their lunges to every word. Then Walker was asked about "If I Can Make A Living," and says it's still one of the greatest songs ever. That song was originally written by Alan Jackson, who didn't want to record it, so it was passed to Walker who recorded it and sent it off to radio. The song is actually shorter than most typical songs on the radio that when he first sent it to radio he joked that he told them to play it twice if they had a problem with the length.