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Who Is Ernest? The Story Behind His Journey to Country Music

Who is Ernest? The singer-songwriter joined us to chat about his journey to country music. Get to know the rising star here…

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Quick Facts:

Full Name – Ernest Keith Smith
Hometown – Nashville, Tennessee
Current City – Nashville, Tennessee
Label – Big Loud Records
Current Single – “Miss That Girl” – Listen Here (*as of date of article: 2/8/2023)

The Beginning:

Our spotlight artist this week truly needs no introduction. Ernest Keith Smith or ERNEST as you probably know him is a singer-songwriter who is on the brink of stardom. A consistent collaborator with Morgan Wallen and HARDY, Ernest is as talented as they come. We chatted with the Nashville native all about his rise in the country music industry and what’s next for the budding star.

“Music of all kinds has been the soundtrack to all of my summers,” began Ernest. ” I listened to all kinds of traditional country music in my dad’s car growing up, if it wasn’t country it was sports talk radio. And my mom was listening to Oldies 96.3 […].” With music (and baseball) being his main focus, Ernest found himself flocking to so many different genres from an early age.

He added later, “I was even getting hand-me-down burnt CDs from my friend’s older brothers. I would be in first or second grade listening to burnt CDs with my little walkman from a kid whose brother was a sophomore in high school, so I was listening to Eminem and a bunch of stuff I shouldn’t have been consuming, but I fell in love with it all.”

At just eight years old, Ernest knew that entertainment was in his future.“The Space Jam soundtrack was a third grade Christmas present, as well as a banjo, and the rest was history. Music is just always something I gravitated to,” he explained.

While he did not quite know just what he was going to do for a living, he had an idea that music would be in the cards. “I never dreamed of having a normal job, job,” shared the singer. “The older I got, the more I got the bug for music. I did one year of college and spent most of my time making up songs, so I decided I’m going to try to do this for real. I always wanted to entertain or something, I just never saw myself having to do a 9-5, but jokes on me, because it’s an 8AM-8AM job and on top of that being dad, so we’re always working,” laughed Ernest.

The Turning Point:

Eventually, Ernest began to pursue music and making a name for himself in Music City, his hometown. “Choosing country music feels the most organic for me to choose, but I would say a lot of my 20’s were struggling with that because of me being influenced by so many different things, and wanting to experiment with those sounds from John Mayer to Drake or Kendrick or Yellowcard, everything in between,” shared the singer, as he reflected on his journey. “Doing what I’m doing now, nodding my hat towards the traditional sound, I’m super happy.”

For Ernest, the goal was always to be his own artist; however, songwriting has been a great gateway into country music. “Songwriting was a good, and still is a good, lily pad into my artistry. Developing a reputation in town as a songwriter definitely doesn’t hurt,” he shared. “All of that hard work and sleepless nights, and getting let down, all that and throwing in a little bit of luck then here we are.”

The hitmaker is surely making a name for himself in the industry and it is only a matter of time until everyone knows his music and artistry.

Today:

Last year, Ernest released his debut record, Flower Shops: The Album, and in just a few days, the deluxe version, Flower Shops (The Album): Two Dozen Roses will be released on Friday, February 10th. While both projects can be listened to independently, the story is connective and impressive.

“The whole album and the deluxe is basically the continuation of the story, part two, are all songs that I enjoy listening to. If someone else put out those batches of songs, I would probably be listening to it a lot. It’s nostalgic and it’s fun, sad, there’s a little bit of everything in there. When I’m writing for myself, especially for these projects,” shared Ernest.

While he loves all the songs on the upcoming record, Ernest shared about a few that really tug at him in the best way. “I think overall, the album is really fun to listen down top to bottom. […] You’re still going to get a story and as for my favorite song? It’s tough to choose. There are a few different moods on there. “This Fire” is one of my favorites. “Nothin’ To Lose” is one of my favorites too.”

Fans also have the upcoming tour dates with Morgan Wallen and HARDY to look forward to. “We get to make country music with our best friends and we are good friends in real life and cheerleaders for each other […] tour and getting to be on the road together will be special.” He also mentions that he’s sure another project will “put itself together” sooner rather than later. Keep your eyes and ears open for Ernest this year!

Connect:

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future Ernest releases.

To keep up with ERNEST, follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Ernest’s music is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes 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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Ernest Shares Three New Songs Ahead of Deluxe Album

Ernest shares news of a deluxe album along with three new songs, “Miss That Girl, “Songs We Used To Sing,” and “Unhang The Moon,” out now, December 16th, on all streaming platforms. Listen below.

Throughout his young career, Ernest has clearly established that he has what it takes to rise to superstardom. The accomplished songwriter’s venture into solo artistry has been well-received by fans and industry alike. Ahead of the deluxe version of his album FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM): Two Dozen Roses, Ernest is sharing three new songs.

Amongst the three new songs are “Miss That Girl,” “Songs We Used To Sing,” and “Unhang The Moon.” Throughout all three of the tracks, fans get a taste of the more melancholy and pensive side of the entertainer. Similar to the vibes of the single Flower Shops, Ernest leans into sharing his heart on each of the three tracks.

On “Miss That Girl,” he shares how hard it is to move on and admit how much you miss someone. “Songs We Used To Sing” leans into the nostalgia of it all. The slightly-heavier song expresses heartache in an even deeper way. Finally, “Unhang The Moon” is the ultimate heartbreak song. It seems the three songs all tell a similar story, as Ernest seems to access more and more emotions with his vocals.

The three songs, along with ten new songs will round out the upcoming deluxe album. In total, Flower Shops (The Album): Two Dozen Roses will feature 24 songs. Fans can expect its release on February 10th.

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Ernest shares first taste of upcoming deluxe album, ‘FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM): TWO DOZEN ROSES.’

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Ernest releases.

To keep up with ERNEST, follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

“Miss That Girl,” “Songs We Used to Sing,” and “Unhang The Moon” are now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Ernest: ‘Flower Shops (The Album)’ – Album Review

Ernest’s full-length album, Flower Shops (The Album) is out now, March 11th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the new album below.

One of Big Loud’s biggest songwriters, Ernest Keith Smith (known professionally as ERNEST) has penned number-one hits for artists such as Florida Georgia Line, Chris Lane, Morgan Wallen, Sam Hunt, and Kane Brown but now is working on his career as a singer and performer. Since signing with Big Loud in 2019, ERNEST has released a nine-track album called Locals Only and a few singles including “American Rust,” but has predominantly focused his craft on songwriting. Following the success of his collaboration with Wallen, “Flower Shops,” which skyrocketed to #1 on iTunes, Apple Music Country, and Spotify Country upon its release and currently sits in the top-25 on country radio, he decided to turn it into a full album. 

“It’s a very good feeling to have this body of work ready to share with the world,” he said in a recent press release. “It feels like there’s a shift happening in country music and the people want to hear more honesty in songs, and with honesty comes pain – sometimes we need to feel that too. I hope this project provides a little sepia tone world for the listener to escape to and go on a journey of their own…feeling everything from love to lost.”

Like he said, the major themes on this record are love and heartbreak. It tells the story of a relationship that almost wasn’t in a much more country-sounding manner than he is used to, sprinkling steel guitar all over this album. It was entirely co-written by ERNEST, with collaborators from other major Nashville-writers Ashley Gorley, The Warren Brothers, Rodney Clawson, Mark Holman, Ryan Vojtesak, and label-mates Ben Burgess and Lily Rose. 

While most of the tracks are slow or mid-tempo, it starts with the upbeat, very descriptive “Sucker For Small Towns.” ERNEST sings about how this girl persuaded him to get into a relationship by showing him all around her two-lane town. Its catchy lyrics like “fool for a full moon, you sure set the right mood” make it fun for listeners to sing along to. The other upbeat track, “Did It With You,” sounds like the follow-up to the former. ERNEST mentions how much he misses this girl and how driving down these roads feels much different without her next to him in the shotgun seat. 

“If You Were Whiskey” is a much more melancholy break-up song. While drinking at a bar, he realizes that if his ex was more like Jack Daniels, he’d be a much happier man.

“But if you were whiskey, it looks like I’d still have you right here with me // and I’d be getting a different kind of tipsy, instead of sitting here sipping number seven all night long // But if you were whiskey, I’d still be holding you and we’d still be going strong”

Love and gratitude is expressed in the next three tracks. “Tennessee Queen” tells the classic story of not having a lot, but having all you need. ERNEST makes a lot of Elvis Presley references in the song including mentions of “Graceland” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “All Shook Up,” “Hunk of Burning Love,” “Love Me Tender” and “feeling like a King.” ERNEST mixes in his R&B influence in “Classic”—a tune about staying in with a girl and a record player instead of hitting the town. “Comfortable When I’m Crazy” is his most vulnerable track on the project. He addresses a former alcohol and drug addiction, describing it as having “neon demons.” It was the only way he felt comfortable with himself until his met the person who changed his entire perspective on life.

“It’s always lonely after midnight, getting what I want not what I need // I’m only comfortable when I’m crazy // Girl, look what you made me do to me”

“Feet Wanna Run” portrays the life of a touring artist—constantly conflicted between staying home with the ones you love or hitting the road and chasing your dream. 

ERNEST shies away from the simple acoustic production towards the end of the record on “What It’s Comes To” and “Some Other Bar.” In the latter, the man in the song meets someone that really piques his interest, however, he does not hear back from her after they say their goodbyes. This gets him wishing on stars hoping that he will see her at some other bar. The eleventh and final track is an acoustic version of “Flower Shops.”

ERNEST will perform his new set to a hometown crowd at back-to-back sold-out shows headlining Nashville’s famed Exit/In on March 21 and 22. Until then, he will remain on the road supporting Chris Lane’s FILL THEM BOOTS tour with Lily Rose including a stop at New York City’s Irving Plaza this Sunday, March 13th. For tickets, head to his website.

Flower Shops (The Album) Tracklist:

  1. “Sucker for Small Towns” (Ernest Keith Smith, Jacob Durrett, Ashley Gorley)
  2.  “Tennessee Queen” (Ernest Keith Smith, Dan Isbell, Jordan Schmidt)
  3. “Classic” (Ernest Keith Smith, Jacob Durrett)
  4. “Feet Wanna Run” (Ernest Keith Smith, Chris LaCorte, Brad Warren, Brett Warren)
  5. “Comfortable When I’m Crazy” (Ernest Keith Smith, Rodney Clawson)
  6. “Flower Shops” feat. Morgan Wallen (Ernest Keith Smith, Ben Burgess, Mark Holman)
  7. “Did It With You” (Ernest Keith Smith, Rodney Clawson, Nathan Spicer)
  8. “What It’s Come To” (Ernest Keith Smith, Lily Rose, Ryan Vojtesak)
  9. “If You Were Whiskey” (Ernest Keith Smith, Michael Carter, Ben Hayslip)
  10. “Some Other Bar” (Ernest Keith Smith, Ashley Gorley, Ryan Vojtesak)
  11. “Flower Shops” (feat. Morgan Wallen) [Acoustic] (Ernest Keith Smith, Ben Burgess, Mark Holman)
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Ernest’s album ‘Flower Shops (The Album)’ is officially out now!

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming Ernest announcements and releases.

To keep up with ERNEST, follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Flower Shops (The Album) is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

WATCH: HARDY Joins Morgan Wallen for Epic Live Performance of “He Went to Jared”

During Morgan Wallen’s The Dangerous Tour, HARDY surprised fans returning to the stage to join Wallen for an epic live performance of their duet, “He Went To Jared”. Watch the video below…

Check out more exclusive clips from the show on our Instagram, here.

Longtime friends and collaborators, HARDY and Morgan Wallen first released “He Went To Jared” back in September 2019 on HARDY’s Hixtape Vol 1. The fun, gritty, upbeat jam was co-written by the two artists along with Chase McGill.

Morgan Wallen and HARDY perform "He Went To Jared" at Madison Square Garden // Photo Credit: John Shearer

Morgan Wallen and HARDY perform “He Went To Jared” at Madison Square Garden // Photo Credit: John Shearer

Launching on February 9th, Morgan Wallen’s The Dangerous Tour kicked off with two SOLD OUT Nights at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. With epic sets from opening act, Larry Fleet, and direct support from HARDY, the show from beginning to end did not disappoint.

More standout moments of the show included:

  • An entrance from Morgan Wallen that had fans cheering at a decibel level averaging 30dBs louder than the average game at the arena… [WATCH HERE]
  • HARDY welcomed Lindsay Ell for his number one song “ONE BEER” during his opening set (WATCH HERE)
  • Morgan Wallen surprised the crowd when he brought out ERNEST for a live performance of their duet, “Flower Shops” (WATCH HERE)
  • HARDY returned to the stage to perform “He Went To Jared” with Wallen (WATCH HERE)
  • Morgan Wallen brought show opener, Larry Fleet back out for “Where I Find God” (WATCH HERE)
  • An emotional Wallen closed out Night 2, “I can’t say thank you enough…” (WATCH HERE)

Morgan Wallen’s ‘The Dangerous Tour’ continues throughout 2022. Check out all the dates and details here.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future HARDY and Morgan Wallen releases.

To keep up with Morgan Wallen, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

To keep up with HARDY, follow him on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“He Went To Jared” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

WATCH: Morgan Wallen Brings Out ERNEST for Surprise Performance at MSG

Morgan Wallen surprised fans tonight, February 9th, bringing out ERNEST to perform their duet, “Flower Shops” during his sold-out NYC show at Madison Square Garden. Watch the video below…

Check out more exclusive clips from the show on our Instagram, here.

ERNEST and Morgan Wallen, longtime friends and label-mates, officially released the full version of “Flower Shops” on December 31st, 2021. The song immediately debuted at #1 on Apple Music Country, Spotify Country and iTunes overall. The two first teased the track back in August for fans on social media followed by several surprise performances during Wallen’s 2021 Fall tour. The song currently serves as ERNEST’s debut single to country radio and we predict that Wallen and ERNEST have a massive hit on their hands.

Morgan Wallen and ERNEST perform "Flower Shops" at Madison Square Garden // Photo Credit: John Shearer

Morgan Wallen and ERNEST perform “Flower Shops” at Madison Square Garden // Photo Credit: John Shearer

Launching on February 9th, Morgan Wallen’s The Dangerous Tour kicked off with two SOLD OUT Nights at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. With epic sets from opening act, Larry Fleet, and direct support from HARDY, the show from beginning to end did not disappoint.

More Standout moments of the show included:

  • An entrance from Morgan Wallen that had fans cheering at a decibel level averaging 30dBs louder than the average game at the arena… [WATCH HERE]
  • HARDY welcomed Lindsay Ell for his number one song “ONE BEER” during his opening set (WATCH HERE)
  • Morgan Wallen surprised the crowd when he brought out ERNEST for a live performance of their duet, “Flower Shops” (WATCH HERE)
  • HARDY returned to the stage to perform “He Went To Jared” with Wallen (WATCH HERE)
  • Morgan Wallen brought show opener, Larry Fleet back out for “Where I Find God” (WATCH HERE)
  • An emotional Wallen closed out Night 2, “I can’t say thank you enough…” (WATCH HERE)

Morgan Wallen’s ‘The Dangerous Tour’ continues throughout 2022. Check out all the dates and details here.

ERNEST continues his trek out on the road with Chris Lane on his 2022 ‘Fill Them Boots Tour’. Check out the full list of dates here.

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ERNEST and Morgan Wallen’s new song “Flower Shops” is out now

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future ERNEST and Morgan Wallen releases.

To keep up with Morgan Wallen, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

To keep up with ERNEST, follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

“Flower Shops” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Morgan Wallen Gives Surprise Performance at Grand Ole Opry

Morgan Wallen surprised fans tonight (January 8th) at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry when he joined ERNEST on stage for an incredible rendition of their brand new song, “Flower Shops”. Watch the performance in the video below.

ERNEST and Morgan Wallen, longtime friends and label-mates, officially released the full version of “Flower Shops” on December 31st, 2021. The song immediately debuted at #1 on Apple Music Country, Spotify Country and iTunes overall. The two first teased the track back in August for fans on social media followed by several surprise performances during Wallen’s 2021 Fall tour. The song impacts country radio on January 24th and we predict that Wallen and ERNEST have a massive hit on their hands.

January 8th marks a special date not only for ERNEST who earns his Opry debut today, but also for Wallen who celebrates the one year anniversary of his 10 week-number one project Dangerous: The Double Album. Of the full collection of music for the project, ERNEST had a hand in co-writing eleven tracks.

ERNEST hits the road next week with Chris Lane on his 2022 ‘Fill Them Boots Tour’. Check out the full list of dates here. Morgan Wallen will hit the road beginning February 3rd on ‘The Dangerous Tour’. Get all the dates and details here.

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ERNEST and Morgan Wallen’s new song “Flower Shops” is out now

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future ERNEST and Morgan Wallen releases.

To keep up with Morgan Wallen, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

To keep up with ERNEST, follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

“Flower Shops” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes 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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ERNEST and Morgan Wallen’s New Song “Flower Shops” – OUT NOW

Morgan Wallen and ERNEST’s new song, “Flower Shops” is out now, December 31st, and available on all streaming platforms. Learn more about the new track below.

If you are a fan of ERNEST or Morgan Wallen, it is likely you have already heard the stripped-down, acoustic version of “Flower Shops”. The two first teased the highly anticipated track back in August. Since then, fans have been begging for the sad, heartbreak ballad to be officially released. To build even more anticipation, ERNEST joined Wallen on stage to perform it live together on tour. Written alongside Ben Burgress and Mark Holman, ERNEST shares the inspiration behind the song and plays a sample of it on his podcast, Just Being ERNEST.

This is a traditional country-sounding song that centers around a relationship on the ropes. The subject constantly finds himself at the florist buying everything. From violets to roses to daisies, it is a desperate attempt to win back his woman’s love. Steel guitar is beautifully sprinkled all over the track. ERNEST takes the first verse and chorus, while Wallen sings the darker, second verse. Wallen laments about heavy drinking and drugs after she took the dogs and moved back in with her mom. The song ends with the two harmonizing the final chorus.

“So mister I’ll take your roses, if you cut off the thorns; she can’t take no more // I’ll buy violets and daisies to get back my baby, it’s gonna take all you got // it’s a bad day for love, but a good day for flower shops”

Wallen and ERNEST have been good friends for a while now; ERNEST even co-wrote eleven tracks on Wallen’s 10 week-number one project Dangerous: The Double Album.  ERNEST has already had a successful career as a songwriter but is looking for some of his own material to go on tour with as well. He has several singles out including “Cheers” and “American Rust,” and a nine-track project titled Locals Only released in 2019, but “Flower Shops” might be the song to put his name on the map as an entertainer.

The two performed the song together on the first night of Wallen’s The Dangerous Tour 2022 kick-off during a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden. Check out the performance below.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future ERNEST and Morgan Wallen releases.

To keep up with ERNEST, follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

To keep up with Morgan Wallen, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

“Flower Shops” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Ernest Reveals Morgan Wallen Collab, “Flower Shops” Pre-Save Available Now

Ernest officially reveals forthcoming Morgan Wallen collab, “Flower Shops”. Pre-Save for the new track is available now.

After the two teased the track through several live performances and cryptic posts to social media, Ernest has officially revealed that “Flower Shops”, the highly anticipated duet from Ernest and Morgan Wallen will officially be released on 12/31/21!

Fans can pre-save the song now wherever they listen to music. Click here to pre-save and make sure to follow us on Instagram, so you don’t miss any upcoming news.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming ERNEST and Morgan Wallen announcements and releases.

To Keep up with ERNEST, follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

To keep up with Morgan Wallen, follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Check out recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

Chris Lane Announces 2021 ‘Fill Them Boots’ Tour

Chris Lane has revealed The Fill Them Boots 2021 Tour with dates kicking off this Fall. Check out the full list of dates below.

Joining Chris Lane on tour will be Tyler Rich, Ernest, and Lily Rose.

Tickets go on sale starting June 25th at 10am local time at Ticketmaster.com.

Join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Chris Lane releases.

Check out the dates below for the full list of shows…

TOUR DATES: 
Oct 28 – Memphis, TN –  Soundstage at Graceland*
Oct 29 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall*
Oct 30 – Birmingham, AL – The Avondale*
Nov 04 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre*
Nov 05 – Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center*
Nov 06 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room*
Nov 19 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center*
Nov 20 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom*
Nov 21 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater*
Jan 13 – Boston, MA – House of Blues^
Jan 14 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount^
Jan 15 – Wallingford, CT – The Dome^
Jan 20 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore^
Jan 27 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium^
Jan 28 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex^
Jan 29 – Boise, ID – Revolution Concert House^
Feb 02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern^
Feb 03 –San Diego, CA – SOMA^
Feb 04 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues^
Feb 10 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic^
Feb 12 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre^
Feb 17 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune^
Feb 18 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom^
Feb 19 – Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre^+
Feb 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz^
Feb 26 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues^
March 04 – Washington DC – The Fillmore^
March 06 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore^
March 10 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom^
March 11 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues^
March 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre^

* with Tyler Rich
^ with ERNEST
All dates feature Lily Rose

+ Abbotsford, BC public on-sale 6/24 at 10am local time

ERNEST Releases Brand New Song, “American Rust”

ERNEST’s new song “American Rust” is available now, June 4th, on all streaming platforms, take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new song.

Ernest Keith Smith, known professionally as ERNEST, is one of Big Loud’s predominant songwriters, penning hits for country music’s biggest stars including Morgan Wallen, Chris Lane, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Mitchell Tenpenny, and more. ERNEST co-wrote 11 tracks on Wallen’s 10 week-number one project Dangerous: The Double Album. Simultaneously, the successful songwriter is building his own solo career as an artist with his new song “American Rust,” out today on all platforms. The new track serves as the follow-up to his latest single, “Cheers,” which came out just before the New Year.

In “American Rust,” written by himself with Rodney Clawson and Jordan Reynolds, he gets nostalgic and pays homage to small-town life. Behind classic fiddle and steel guitar, he admits that some things get better with age, including beer, country songs, trucks, and love. Produced by ACM Producer of the Year nominee Joey Moi, ERNEST expresses the joy of life’s little pleasures.

ERNEST scored a 3x platinum smash with Diplo and Wallen’s hit “Heartless,” plus the Young Thug and Mason Ramsey remix of Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ 14x platinum “Old Town Road.” He recently celebrated another number-one hit with Sam Hunt’s “Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90’s.” Along with songwriting, ERNEST stays busy with his podcast, Just Being ERNEST, where he talks music, life, current events, and more with old and new friends. He has had several fellow country artists on, including HARDY, Jason Aldean, Lauren Alaina, Mason Ramsey, Lainey Wilson, and more.

As ERNEST continues to release new music, he looks to have a promising career as an artist as his songs resonate with country fans everywhere.

ERNEST's new song, "American Rust" is available now, June 4th, on all streaming platforms

ERNEST’s new song, “American Rust” is available now, June 4th, on all streaming platforms

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about upcoming ERNEST announcements and releases.

To Keep up with ERNEST, follow him on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

“American Rust” is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.