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Ernest: ‘Nashville, Tennessee’ – Album Review

Ernest releases his brand new album, Nashville, Tennessee, out now, April 12th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the new project here.

Country is cool again, and ERNEST proves that in his new album, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. Although renowned for his multi-platinum songs such as “Son of a Sinner” (Jelly Roll), “Big, Big Plans” (Chris Lane) and “More Than My Hometown” (Morgan Wallen), among others, this marks the third studio album for the Nashville-native. ERNEST pays homage to the great city that raised him from childhood to country hitmaker. 

With a healthy 26-tracks, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE contains different sounds and themes, as well as a variety of features and covers. Overall, this album is very COUNTRY, which is especially unique for someone who has made his career off more “pop,” even “beachy” country songs.  Banjo and steel guitar are littered all over the record, more notably in songs such as “How’d We Get Here,” the somber “Ain’t As Easy,” the fast-paced “Smokin’ Gun,” and “Kiss of Death.”

Humor is another trait ERNEST prominently displays. He first exhibited his comedy on “Drunk With My Friends” on his sophomore album, Flower Shops (The Album): Two Dozen Roses, and we see it again in songs like “I Went To College / I Went To Jail,” “One More Heartache,” “Honkytonk Fairytale,” and the amusing “Redneck Sh*ttt.” In One More Heartache,” the singer admits this love is causing severe emotional bruising, but he has room for one more ‘do me right then do me wrong’ situation. The lonely singer in “Honkytonk Fairytale” sits at the bar wishing his whiskey bottle had a genie inside so it can bring his ex back. “Redneck Sh*ttt” is a super catchy, hip-hop styled anthem about…well, doing redneck sh*t. 

“Doin’ redneck sh*t // It’s just how all us rednecks get // When we get around other rednecks // Out where rednecks live // Y’all, it ain’t my fault, there ain’t no asphalt // Way out here in the sticks // Just a bunch of redneck sh*t”

ERNEST brought five friends and one family member on the record. Jelly Roll features in the aforementioned “I Went To College / I Went To Jail,” where the two compare their upbringings. Although they both took very different paths, they both ended up as artists on Music Row. On what might be the greatest vocal moment on the album, Lainey Wilson features on “Would If I Could.” The two lovers want to rekindle their relationship, but known deep-down it is not the best long-term decision. Newcomer, Lukas Nelson provides his vocals on one of the most country songs on the record, “Why Dallas,” where he blames the city for stealing his woman away from him. What will likely be the most popular song (mainly because of the other artists on it) “Hanging On” with Morgan Wallen is a more modern-sounding track that has the man hung up on a one-night fling with a stunner at the bar. 

“You left me hangin’ on // By a thread of them blue jeans // Baby now I’m wondering where it all went wrong // You got me hangin’ on on”

ERNEST included a cover of “Twinkle, Twinkle” with his son, Ryman, live at Fenway Park on Wallen’s One Night At A Time Tour. HARDY and ERNEST teamed up for a country cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Given his current career path, it makes sense that he chose HARDY to cover this one with, but we were shocked hearing its traditional country sound rather than HARDY’s new, hard rock vibe. He also covered another non-country song—John Mayer’s metaphoric “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room.” ERNEST recorded his own version of Cole Swindell’s “Sayin’ You Love Me,” which he originally wrote for Swindell’s Stereotype record. We wonder, out of all the songs he has wrote for other artists, why he chose this one to include on the record. Whatever the reason, we approve of his rendition! 

Love and heartache are other major themes on the album in other songs such as “Never Said I Love You,” “You Don’t Have To Die,” “Too Late,” and “Summertime Flies.” The album closes with “Bars On My Heart,” and “Dollar To Cash,” with the former being an uplifting way to reflect on all that heartbreak. The singer credits this honkytonk for getting her off his mind. In the latter, the singer goes over his will, concluding that he owes his entire life to country music. So, he decides that his final dollars will go into the jukebox to play Johnny Paycheck and Johnny Cash songs. 

“Play some Loretta // And dial up some Jones // Don’t rock the jukebox // Play old country songs // Can’t take it with me // When I’m six feet under that grass // So give my last paycheck to Paycheck // And my last dollar to Cash”

Although massive albums are the norm now, it’s impressive to have a collection of songs that are so different and unique. What’s even more extraordinary is that ERNEST co-wrote 20 of the 26 tracks. ERNEST did right with his tribute of Music City, and if cities could speak, Nashville would be proud of NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE.

Nashville, Tennessee Tracklist:

  1. I Went To College / I Went To Jail (feat. Jelly Roll) (Ernest Keith Smith, Chandler Paul Walters, Rivers Rutherford, Luke Bryan)
  2. Ain’t As Easy (Ernest Keith Smith, Dean Dillon, Jessie Jo Dillon, Chandler Paul Walters)
  3. Why Dallas (feat. Lukas Nelson) (Ernest Keith Smith, Chandler Paul Walters, Grady Block, Jordan Merrigan, Lukas Nelson)
  4. One More Heartache (Ernest Keith Smith, Chandler Paul Walters, Jessie Jo Dillon, Dean Dillon)
  5. Hangin’ On (feat. Morgan Wallen) (Ernest Keith Smith, Grady Block, Rhys Rutherford, Jacob Durrett, Rafe Tenpenny)
  6. Did It For The Story (Ernest Keith Smith, John Byron, Ryan Vojtesak, Blake Pendergrass)
  7. How’d We Get Here (Ernest Keith Smith)
  8. Never Said I Love You (Ernest Keith Smith, Chandler Paul Walters)
  9. Would If I Could (feat. Lainey Wilson) (Dean Dillon, Donald Ewing II)
  10. Honkytonk Fairytale (Ernest Keith Smith, Rafe Tenpenny, Dallas Wilson, Brad Clawson)
  11. Smokin’ Gun (Ernest Keith Smith, Rhys Rutherford, Grady Block, Ryan Vojtesak, Blake Pendergrass)
  12. Twinkle Twinkle (Live At Fenway Park) [feat. Ryman Saint] (Jane Taylor)
  13. Life Goes On (Ernest Keith Smith, Ashley Gorley, Ryan Vojtesak)
  14. If You Don’t Know By Now (Clint Daniels, Dale Dodson)
  15. You Don’t Have To Die (Clint Ingersoll, Chris Stapleton)
  16. Redneck Sh*ttt (Ernest Keith Smith, Mark Holman, Nicolle Galyon)
  17. Small Town Goes (Ernest Keith Smith, Grady Block, Cody Lohden, Ryan Vojtesak, Chandler Paul Walters)
  18. Kiss Of Death (Ernest Keith Smith, Andy Albert, Ryan Vojtesak)
  19. Slow Dancing In A Burning Room (John Clayton Mayer)
  20. Ain’t Too Late (Ernest Keith Smith, Grady Block, Chandler Paul Walters, Jordan Merrigan, Cody Lohden)
  21. Sayin’ You Love Me (Ernest Keith Smith, Mark Holman, James McNair)
  22. Summertime Flies (Ernest Keith Smith, Rafe Tenpenny, Grady Block, Jacob Durrett, Ross Portaro)
  23. Ain’t Right Ain’t Wrong (Ernest Keith Smith, Rhys Rutherford, Ryan Vojtesak)
  24. Creep (feat. Hardy) (Colin Greenwood, Jonathan Greenwood, Albert Hammond, Michael Hazlewood, Edward O’Brien, Philip Selway, Thomas Yorke)
  25. Bars On My Heart (Ernest Keith Smith, Mark Holman, Nicolle Galyon)
  26. Dollar To Cash (Ernest Keith Smith, Grady Block, Rafe Tenpenny, Brett Tyler)

Country Swag Picks:

  1. “Redneck Sh*ttt”
  2. “I Went To College / I Went To Jail”
  3. “Small Town Goes”
  4. “One More Heartache”
  5. “Dollar To Cash”
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Ernest shares his brand new album, ‘Nashville, Tennessee,’ out now on alls streaming platforms.

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.

Nashville, Tennessee is 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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Ernest Shares New Song “Kiss Of Death” Marking New Music Era

Ernest releases new song “Kiss Of Death” out now, October 27th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new track below.

ERNEST is one of the most in-demand songwriters in Nashville but has been working on his craft as a performer in recent years. After dropping the massive 24-track Flower Shops (The Album): Two Dozen Roses in February, “Kiss Of Death” provides listeners with a preview of his new era of music. While he typically blends charming lyrics over a simple melody with a splash of tropical vibes, ERNEST goes with a bluegrass feel on this new tune, full of banjo and steel guitar.

Written with Andy Albert and Ryan Vojtesak, the song describes the dangerous lust of a man. He calls her an angel in a fire red dress and knows her kiss may be the death of him, but his intense desires have pushed all rational thought to the side, at least for this moment.

“Cause I feel like dancing with the devil // Take my heart and rip it out my chest // When I’m with
you I’m good as gone girl // My angel in a fire red dress // My kiss of death // Kiss me, kill me”

ERNEST showed off his creative storytelling and diverse musical talents on this track. It’s always a risk when artists branch out of their comfort zone, but when your resume consists of numerous #1 songs with various artists, experimenting with different sounds is second nature.

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Ernest shares new song, “Kiss Of Death,” out now on all streaming platforms.

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.

“Kiss Of Death” is 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.

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Ernest Releases New Song “Takes After You” Just in Time for Mother’s Day

Ernest releases timely new song “Takes After You,” out now, May 10th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new track below.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Ernest is sharing one of his most personal songs to date with fans. His new song, “Takes After You” is a perfectly crafted song about love and parenting. While Ernest is known for crafting catchy lyrics and putting on a show, “Takes After You” is a more vulnerable take at the singer’s own life.

“I’m a wild child, definition // of a can’t tell me nothin’ won’t listen // You’re an angel, girl you’re perfect // Don’t know how you thought I was worth it // Well before too long 1 and 1 made 3 // And I’m scared to death ‘cause he looks like me // And I pray to god that apple falls a little further from this tree”

Inspired by his relationship with his wife Delaney Royer and their son Ryman, who are featured on the song’s artwork, the new track is a prayer for his son to be a little more like his wife, rather than him. Written by the singer with collaborators, Jordan Schmidt and Josh Thompson, the track is the perfect song to celebrate motherhood and all of its glory.

According to Ernest, “I heard someone talking to Johnny Cash in a video. They said ‘Johnny I’ve known ya a long time. I got a son now, and if he don’t take after Jesus, I’d be quite alright if he took after you.’ So I immediately thought, I couldn’t agree more with Ryman and Delaney,” he shared. “She is the most humble, kind, empathetic, nature loving, giving, selfless, and downright wholesome human I know. The things she’ll teach Ryman in this life by her actions will transcend anything he’ll learn in a building.”

“Takes After You” is a song any fan can appreciate and quite possibly one of Ernest’s best to date.

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Ernest releases new song, Takes After You,” out now on all streaming platforms.

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.

“Takes After You” is 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.

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

Ernest’s full-length deluxe album, Flower Shops (The Album): Two Dozen Roses is out now, February 10th on all streaming platforms. Listen to the new album below.

Ernest K. Smith, known professionally as ERNEST, has been churning out hits for the biggest stars in country music over the past five years, including Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Chris Lane, Sam Hunt, Morgan Wallen, and many others. Last year, he released his sophomore record, FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM), an eleven-track project named after the RIAA platinum hit with friend and frequent collaborator, Morgan Wallen. While still in the songwriting business, fans loved what they heard from ERNEST on a personal note, encouraging the Nashville-native to release an additional thirteen tracks on a deluxe version titled FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM): Two Dozen Roses.

“I can’t wait for everyone to hear the new music,” ERNEST shared in a recent press release. “It’s even more of the real, honest storytelling that the album was built on, and continues the character’s love story right where it left off with ‘Some Other Bar.’ It’s very reflective, I think everyone will be able to relate to a part of the story in some way. I’m really proud of it!”

On December 16, ERNEST teased the sound and theme of the record with three new songs, “Miss That Girl, “Songs We Used To Sing,” and “Unhang The Moon.” In “Miss That Girl,the singer shares in conspicuously catchy lyricism 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 breakup ruined all his favorite tunes because he thinks of her when he hears them. Finally, “Unhang The Moon” is the ultimate heartbreak song in which he confesses all his regrets regarding the relationship. The three songs all tell a similar story, as Ernest seems to access more and more emotions with his vocals.

As for the new tracks, “Done At A Bar,” “What Have I Got To Lose,” “Heartache In My 100 Proof,” and “Burn Out,” also touch on heartbreak. The former is a play on the phrase ‘easier said than done.’  The singer admits that it is easy to say things that will fix a relationship when intoxicated at a bar, but when the morning comes, the sweet nothings uttered from the night before fizzle, becoming drunken lies and failed promises. The latter, however, touches on a love that moved too fast. Although it may seem like the real thing at first, all flames eventually die out, and that’s exactly what happened to the singer in this track. 

“Knew it when we started off of both ends // Girl we should’ve seen where this was going // ‘Couple flames just fighting back against a cold wind // Throttles wide open, eyes closed keeping them fire stones smokin’ ‘til we burn out”

On the flip side of heartbreak, love is another major theme on the record. In “Wild Wild West” the singer boasts about how he loves how unpredictable his woman is. “Hill” is another one in which the singer imagines the perfect life he is going to share with the person he loves.

“Drunk With My Friends,” “Anything But Sober,” and “This Fire,” touch on ERNEST’s fun and lighter side. The former is a happy, bar anthem with a tropical theme that has the singer explaining to his woman the reasoning behind his bad decisions. The most amusing part of the track is ERNEST’s use of cartoon voices; the Charlie Brown trombone noise symbolizes the singer’s woman nagging him, and he subtly sneaks in the narrator’s voice from Spongebob before the second verse to say “three days later” before his next inebriated mishap. In the last chorus, he tells her to go get margaritas with her friends to ease the stress. The next two resemble the 90s era of country that so many artists are attempting to replicate these days—ERNEST does a perfect job of recreating the sound with a hint of modernism. In the latter, the singer uses whiskey to put out the fire he has created in the real world.

“Wrecking my world, Lord, and burning it down // There’s fire, fire all over this town // All the tears in her eyes that she’s cried can’t put out this fire”

ERNEST continues to showcase his prowess as a songwriter and a vocalist with FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM): Two Dozen Roses. With thirteen unique tracks, the talented rising star demonstrates how being versatile can make one overarching theme so fascinating and thought-provoking. We are excited to see his career take off, and this album will be the launching pad of something very special. 

Flower Shops (The Album): Two Dozen Roses 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)
  12. “This Fire” (Ernest Keith Smith, Rocky Block, Julian Bunetta, John Ryan)
  13. “Wild Wild West” (Ernest Keith Smith, Jacob Durrett, Rafe Tenpenny)
  14. “Hill” (Ernest Keith Smith, Jordan Schmidt, Brett Tyler)
  15. “Burn Out” (Ernest Keith Smith, Andy Albert, Jordan Dozzi, Hunter Phelps)
  16. “Nothin To Lose” (Ernest Keith Smith, Mark Holman, Josh Osborne)
  17. “Songs We Used to Sing” (Ernest Keith Smith, Justin Ebach, Charles Kelley)
  18. “Done at a Bar” (Ernest Keith Smith, Josh Thompson)
  19. “Drunk With My Friends” (Ernest Keith Smith, Jordan Schmidt, Josh Thompson)
  20. “Anything But Sober” (Ernest Keith Smith, Alysa Vanderheym)
  21. “What Have I Got to Lose” (Ernest Keith Smith, Brian Kelley, Dean Dillon)
  22. “Heartache in My 100 Proof” (feat. Jake Worthington) (Ernest Keith Smith, Jordan Schmidt, Josh Thompson)
  23. “Unhang The Moon” (Ernest Keith Smith, Grady Block, Brad Clawson, Jacob Durrett)
  24. “Miss That Girl” (Ernest Keith Smith, Brad Clawson, Jacob Durrett)

Country Swag Picks:

  1. Drunk With My Friends
  2. This Fire
  3. Done At A Bar
  4. Burn Out
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Ernest’s new deluxe album ‘Flower Shops (The Album): Two Dozen Roses’ is 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.

ERNEST is going on Morgan Wallen’s massive ‘One Night At A Time’ World Tour along with Parker McCollum, HARDY, and Bailey Zimmerman. The group will play two shows at Metlife Stadium on May 19-20, as well as some of the largest NFL and MLB stadiums across North America. For tickets, head to his website.

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

Flower Shops (The Album): Two Dozen Roses 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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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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Photo Credit: Delaney Royer

Quick Facts:

Full Name – Ernest Keith Smith
Hometown – Nashville, Tennessee
Current City – Nashville, Tennessee
Label – Big Loud Records
Current Single – “This Fire”  (*as of date of article: 2/10/2023)

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.