NYCS First Impression Laine Hardy Debut EP

Laine Hardy

Reigning 2019 American Idol winner and country singer, Laine Hardy has kept fans waiting eagerly for brand new music. But today, the wait is over. The Hollywood Records/19 Recordings artist released two brand-new songs, “Ground I Grew Up On” and “Let There Be Country,” both paying ode to his Louisiana, down-home country roots.

“Ground I Grew Up On” (Josh Thompson, Brett Beavers, Brandon Kinney) is a heartfelt tribute to Hardy’s hometown and the very place that he grew up in. Although it “might look like nothing but gravel roads and tractors rolling over ’em fields,” the Baton Rouge native assures listeners that the “ground [he] grew up on” will always hold a special place in his heart. After all, it made him the person he is today.

The second track “Let There Be Country” (Steve Moakler, Tim Nichols, Jason Afable), on the other hand, ramps up the tempo and shows the rockier, fun, typical country boy side of the 19-year-old. The feel-good anthem follows a check-list approach in defining what being in the country feels like.

In a press statement, Hardy shared, “I am so excited to finally be able to release this new music! I hope these songs give you an idea of where I grew up on the Bayou, running through the fields with my cousins and fishing on Lake Maurepas. Louisiana is always going to be in my heart, and I want to just keep making Louisianans proud.”

As announced by The Tennessean earlier this week, fans can catch Laine performing live online on his “Ground I Grew Up On Virtual Tour,” with more than 15 online stops through the end of May. Laine is set to perform new music and chat with fans virtually during each of the tour stops. A complete listing of Laine Hardy concert dates, including virtual tour stop details, can be found at

To keep up with Laine Hardy, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Ground I Grew Up On” and “Let There Be Country” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.





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