It's old and it's enduring -- the terrain of Hank, Dolly, Willie and countless other country music legends.
And there was Hayes, now 25, wearing a Samsung Gear VR headset, standing on a virtual stage and taking in the lights the country singer has since become accustomed to in real life.
THIRD EAR BAND originated from Canterbury and started out as a psychedelic band called THE GIANT SUN TROLLEY gaining residency in south-London clubs doing long and improvisations and eventually changing their names to THE HYDROGEN JUKEBOX, recording one live album as such with Sweeney's percussions as scissor's clipping noise (with the mike attached to them) as he progressively undressed completely his girlfriend by clipping her dress during the conert (cut-out were very "in" at that time).
Having finished their concert recording they discovered all their equipment stolen.
Their impressive and cult first effort was followed by what we can consider to be the summit of their career.
Their self titled album recorded in 1970 is an outstanding collection of ethereal, ethnic improvisations, totally floating, extatic, consequently directed to a high level of consciousness.
They often included jazzy rock parts next to India spiritual music.
"There's something unexplainable about VR," Hayes tells me.Hayes: There're many ways to approach a music video, and I love to give it to the fans for their own interpretation.In VR, multiply that times a gazillion because it's no longer what you can fit in a frame. Jumping into a story is so much more easily accomplished because [fans are] a part of the story rather than just witnessing it. It's the literal interpretation of "out of the box."What role do you see VR playing in music?"We've barely scratched the surface, even in years of doing it."If country music isn't your thing, a primer on Hayes goes something like this: At the ripe old age of 20, he released his debut self-titled album, which sold more than a million copies.He's got five Grammy nominations and won New Artist of the Year at the 2012 CMA Awards.