2022 ACM Awards: The Complete Recap – Winners, Performances & More

Check out the full recap of the 2022 ACM Awards, complete with all of the winners, performances, and more special moments from the show.

Dolly Parton and Kelsea Ballerini ACM Awards

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The Academy of Country Music Awards had a fresh new look this year. The normally three-hour event that has exclusively aired on CBS for the past 23 years found a new home on Amazon Prime. The show was an hour shorter, had no commercials, and had a whole lot more entertainment. Country music icon, Dolly Parton hosted the event from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas with the reigning New Male and Female Artists of the Year, Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett. Miranda Lambert was the big winner, taking home the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award. Keep reading below for more winners and special performances from the exciting night.

Allen and Barrett, who were both up for Male and Female Artist of the Year kicked off the show; Allen covered Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” and Barrett sang Faith Hill’s “Let’s Go to Vegas.” After Eric Church performed a medley of songs over his 16-year career, New Artist of the Year nominee, Walker Hayes sang his new single “AA” as well as his viral smash hit “Fancy Like” as he danced around the entire stadium high-fiving fans and other artists.

The first two awards of the night were presented to Brothers Osborne for Duo of the Year, and Old Dominion for Group of the Year. It was Brothers Osborne’s third and Old Dominion’s fifth straight win for the respective categories. Maren Morris followed this with a performance of her new song, “Circles Around This Town.”

Lainey Wilson came out on top in the stacked Song of the Year category with her number one hit “Things a Man Oughta Know.” Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood won for Single of the Year for their chart-topper, “If I Didn’t Love You.” Viewers got to see both of these songs live later in the show. Wilson also won the New Female Artist of the Year as well. Next up, two Female Artist of the Year nominees, Ashley McBryde and Carly Pearce took the stage for “Never Wanted Be That Girl”, a standout performance. This collaboration took home the award for Music Event of Year.

Two of the most memorable performances of the show included Thomas Rhett who performed his current single “Slow Down Summer” as fireworks shot off behind him during the final chorus, resembling a scene from Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Magic Kingdom. Right after, Kelsea Ballerini joined Dolly Parton on stage for a collaboration of Parton’s new song, “Big Dreams and Faded Dreams” from her new “Run, Rose, Run” album. 

One of the biggest surprise wins of the night was Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous winning the award for Album of the Year. Statistically, it makes a lot of sense, given it was the best-selling album across all genres in 2021 with 3.2 million units sold. Wallen humbly thanked his team, fans, and industry for showing him grace over the past year and dedicated the win to his son.

This was followed by 35-straight minutes of performances by artists such as Gabby Barrett, Parker McCollum, Lainey Wilson, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan and Jordan Davis. Our favorite performances in this batch included Brother Osborne who gave an exciting performance of their song “Skeletons,” where their glasses, hats, guitars, and matching black and white jumpsuits lit the room neon as the lights went down. Breland had Thomas Rhett and a Baptist choir join him on stage for his fun, new song “Praise the Lord.”

After Lady A performed “What a Song Can Do,” the Male and Female Artist of the Year were awarded to Chris Stapleton and Carly Pearce. Pearce and Stapleton also won this award at last year’s CMAs as well. Top-nominated artist, Chris Young performed two songs after these awards, “Raised On Country” and his collaboration with Mitchell Tenpenny, “At The End of A Bar.”

The show concluded with the announcement of the most prestigious owner of the night, Entertainer of the Year. Miranda Lambert took home the award and although she leads the pack with 29 total ACM awards throughout her career, she has never won the Entertainer of the Year. She is currently in London on tour, but she graciously accepted her award remotely.

Other awards not aired included New Male Artist of the Year to Parker McCollum, Video of the Year to Lambert and Elle King for “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” and Songwriter of the Year to Michael Hardy. Other performers include Chris Stapleton, Jimmie Allen, Parmalee with Blanco Brown and Brooke Eden, Brittney Spencer, and Kelly Clarkson. The pre-show included performances by Tenille Townes and Kat & Alex.

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CRS New Faces of Country Music Class of 2022 Announced

Last week, Country Radio Seminar (CRS) officially announced the CRS New Faces of Country Music Class of 2022. Check out the class here.


The CRS New Faces of Country Music is one of the most coveted showcases during the Country Radio Seminar that spotlights five emerging artists that have achieved significant success in the country genre. This year, Gabby Barrett, Walker Hayes, Parker McCollum, Jason Rodgers, and Lainey Wilson were honored with the title.

Over the past year, all five artists have had significant success. Barrett earned her second number one single, while Hayes’ “Fancy Like” catapulted him back into stardom. Both McCollum and Rodgers continue to make waves on the country charts, each earning top singles at country radio. Additionally, newcomer, Wilson, received notoriety and praise for her hit single “Things a Man Oughta Know.”

The New Faces of Country Music is a long-standing tradition in the country music genre. Prominent artists like Reba, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Eric Church, and more are just some of the few who have been honored with the title and praise early on in their respective careers.

It is clear that this year’s class have all proven their talent and their tenacity over the course of their careers, but especially this year. It will be exciting to see them perform at the coveted showcase next year! The upcoming Country Radio Seminar will be held February 23rd to February 25th, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Cole Swindell & Lainey Wilson Release New Song “Never Say Never”

Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson collaborate on their brand new song “Never Say Never,” out today, November 18th, on all streaming platforms. Learn more about the brand new track below.

Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson released their duet, “Never Say Never” and it’s a country music collab that we never knew we needed.

We’ve all had that one relationship where we said it was over, but we keep going back for more and that’s exactly the story this song tells. Written by Swindell, Jessie Alexander, and Chase McGill the edgy track starts out with a guitar before Wilson sings the first line, “I told my momma” followed by Swindell with “I told my friends”. The two continue to rotate lines throughout each verse and join forces for the chorus. The singer-songwriters each have their own unique voice yet blend together perfectly creating a hit.

“I never say never with you // I end up together with you // It’s Hell, and it’s Heaven with you, baby // anything’s possible // the highs are unstoppable // it’s so uncontrollable, it’s crazy // we say we won’t, and then we do // you’re all I want // I never say never with you”

The two stirred up rumors of the track last Friday by sending cryptic tweets to each other. Then earlier this week the artists shared a comical video discussing what each of them wouldn’t do such as wearing bell bottoms or changing a tire. However, one thing they did agree on was collaborating on a song together. And we are so happy they did.


Cole Swindell pairs up with Lainey Wilson on brand new duet, “Never Say Never,” out now.

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“Never Say Never” 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.


Lainey Wilson Scores First Number One with “Things A Man Oughta Know”

Lainey Wilson scores her first number one single with “Things A Man Oughta Know.” The song is her lead single of her major-label record Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin.

Fiery newcomer, Lainey Wilson is one of our favorite new artists in country music. During her live shows, she mesmerizes fans and truly takes over the stage. Although her record Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin only came out in February, the project already houses a hit song. Wilson’s debut single “Things A Man Oughta Know” is officially the number one song on country charts.

The lead single captivated fans and industry almost instantly. We have watched it steadily climb up the charts over the last several months. With each milestone hit, it has been so exciting watching the single rise. Wilson helps to break the mold for all of the incredibly talented female artists out there who are just not getting enough radio play.

“How to know when it’s love // How to stay when it’s tough // How to know you’re messin’ up a good thing // And how to fix it ‘fore it’s too late // And yeah, I know a boy // Who gave up and got it wrong // If you really love a woman, you don’t let her go // Yeah, I know a few things a man oughta know”

The song itself is all about a woman teaching a few lessons to a man. It breaks gender stereotypes in a way that is both enticing and important. Wilson is a true star in the making. We cannot wait to see her star continue to rise, as more and more fans flock to her shows! Congrats to Wilson and her team on the number one!

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“Things A Man Oughta Know” 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.

Jordan Rowe Collaborates with Lainey Wilson on New Song “Mama Ain’t Jesus”

Jordan Rowe collaborates with Lainey Wilson on brand new song, “Mama Ain’t Jesus” available now, July 23rd, on all streaming platforms. Take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new track.

Country newcomer and Georgia-native, Jordan Rowe released a brand new track today (July 23), “Mama Ain’t Jesus” featuring Lainey Wilson. The gentle, somber ballad will appear on his upcoming debut album, Bad Case of the Good Ole Boy due out August 6th.

“I bet she’ll walk them streets of gold with a silver medal // And while the good lord comes back down to get us she’ll fill in // I ain’t been yet, but I’ve got a glimpse of Heaven // Cause Mama ain’t Jesus but she’s a close second”

We’ve seen Rowe’s fun side with the title track. Now, we get to hear his sensitive side with his ode to mothers, “Mama Ain’t Jesus.” Similar to how Luke Bryan, his childhood idol, honors moms in “Most People Are Good,” Rowe expresses the same gratitude towards his own mother; a good Christian who would give you the shirt off her back if it was the last thing she had. He claims that she isn’t quite Jesus himself, but a close second. Wilson, who is riding the success of her top-15 single “Things A Man Oughta Know,” provides beautiful backing vocals on the track. Other songs that will be featured on the album include “Who Needs You,” “I Didn’t Sleep Last Night,” and four other unreleased tracks.

Rowe incorporates a traditional country sound with a modern-day twist into his music. His influences growing up include artists such as Alan Jackson, Joe Diffie, and Luke Bryan. He has a few dates on his tour schedule—for tickets, head to his website. Wilson will be touring with Jason Aldean and HARDY on Aldean’s Back in the Saddle Tour, which will hit the New York/New Jersey Area at PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach August 6th and 7th, respectively.


Jordan Rowe’s new song with Lainey Wilson, “Mama Ain’t Jesus,” is available now, July 23rd

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“Mama Ain’t Jesus” 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.


Kasey Tyndall Releases Poignant New Single, “Middle Man”

Kasey Tyndall just released an honest and emotive new song titled “Middle Man” which reflects on growing up with divorced parents. Available now, May 21st, on all streaming platforms, take a look below as we dig a little deeper into the new song.

There are few things we love more than a badass female in country music! Singer-songwriter Kasey Tyndall fits the bill. A long-time Nashville artist, performing with the all-female group the Song Suffragettes and writing with prolific songwriters in the industry, Tyndall has finally been given her chance to shine. Today the singer released a brand new song, “Middle Man.”

Written with fellow country music badass and singer-songwriter, Lainey Wilson, “Middle Man” is a true experience about growing up with divorced parents. Although not intended to be a sad song about divorce, there are definitely elements of the song that will feel a bit tender for those who have experienced the heartbreak of a parent’s split. According to Tyndall though, she hopes it reminds listeners that you are influenced by where you come from regardless of what your family dynamics look like.

“I was too young to understand // I was a little girl // And the middle man // I got a taste of rock n roll // Swear I learned to talk to Jesus // And I made best friends with the road // I got real good // I got real good at leaving”

We appreciate the songstress’ grit, honesty, and integrity that are so evident on this track. “Middle Man” is one of those songs that everyone will tip their hats to, mainly for its pure honesty. Of course, Tyndall’s voice also shines, showcasing her vulnerability at the same time. She is definitely one to look out for!

Kasey Tyndall's new song, "Middle Man" is available now, May 21st, on all streaming platforms

Kasey Tyndall’s new song, “Middle Man” is available now, May 21st, on all streaming platforms

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Middle Man 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.

BREAKING: Jason Aldean Announces 2021 Back In The Saddle Tour

Jason Aldean has announced The Back In The Saddle Tour kicking off this Summer 2021. Check out the full list of dates below.

Joining Jason Aldean on tour will be show openers, HARDY and Lainey Wilson.

The show hits the tri-state area on Friday, August 6th at PNC Bank Arts Center and on Saturday, August 7th at Jones Beach Theater and we’re getting you early access tickets to the show! Use our presale code: SWAG beginning on Thursday, 5/20 at 10AM-10PM!

For all other tour dates, tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, 5/21 at 10AM ET at

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

08/05/21    Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
08/06/21    Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
08/07/21    Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
08/12/21    Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center*
08/13/21    Pittsburgh, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
08/14/21    Philadelphia, PA – BB&T Pavilion
08/19/21    Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
08/20/21    Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
08/21/21    Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
08/27/21    Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater
08/28/21    Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater
09/09/21    Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
09/10/21    Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
09/11/21    Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
09/16/21    Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
09/17/21    Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheater
09/18/21    Portland, OR – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
09/23/21    Sacramento, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
09/24/21    Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/25/21    Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/30/21    Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
10/01/21    Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
10/02/21    Denver, CO – Ball Arena*
10/07/21    Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center*
10/08/21    Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
10/09/21    St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
10/14/21    Charleston, WV – Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center
10/15/21    Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center*
10/16/21    Birstow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
10/21/21    Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
10/22/21    Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
10/23/21    Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
10/28/21    Estero, FL – Hertz Arena
10/29/21    West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/30/21    Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

*With Lainey Wilson and TBA

Jason Aldean Back In The Saddle Tour

Photo by Justin Mrusek

Lainey Wilson: ‘Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ – Album Review

BBR Music Group’s artist on the rise, Lainey Wilson has released her new firecracker of a debut album Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, today, February 19th. Take a look below as we dive deeper into the record.

The fiery, smokey, opening track “Neon Diamonds” is the perfect way to set the scene. It sounds like a dive bar meets a stadium show: it will be an absolute number once performed live. There are a bunch of songs on Sayin What I’m Thinkin’ that match this energy. Songs like “Small Town Girl” and “Straight Up Sideways” have that southern rock, outlaw feel to it. It’s reminiscent of some of Brothers Osborne’s more recent work, but at the same time, feels very distinct to Wilson.

The current single “Things A Man Oughta Know” leans on the softer side of the record. Simple kick drum, guitar, and mandolin flood the track beautifully, and you can hear traces of Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss in her voice. Lyrically, it’s actually a very empowering song; the hook is “I know a few things a man oughta know”. Throughout the record, Wilson is able to both enable and break gender and geographical stereotypes, which makes it an interesting dynamic.

Lainey Wilson's debut album, Sayin' What I'm Thinkin', is available everywhere now, February 19th

Lainey Wilson’s debut album, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, is available everywhere now, February 19th

Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ was produced by the iconic Jay Joyce, and it’s hard to think of a better fit for Wilson’s sound. Together, they found a middle ground in both the gritty and the sweet parts of life.

“Keeping Bars In Business” is a standout moment on the record. It is conversational and vulnerable and still has that clever chorus. Between Wilson’s vocals and Joyce’s dreamy guitars, you feel as if you’re in a trance. “My best friend’s ship is sinking, she thinks her man’s been cheating/And me I put my dog down yesterday”. The lyrics remain captivating as the song continues – it’s about the highs and lows of life and where you go to celebrate or mourn. “As the world keeps on spinning/we’re keeping bars in business”.

The last two songs are perhaps the best on the record, respectively, “Rollin’ Stone” and title-track “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’”. “Rolling Stone” has the rhythm of a train on a track, and it’s all about how Wilson doesn’t feel like she can be tied down. “Like a feather in the wind, I can be gone/No you don’t give a rock to a rolling stone”, she sings matter-of-factly on the chorus.

“Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’” is where Wilson’s vocals sound most pristine, and it’s the closest thing to a requited love song, whether it be to a significant other, friend, or herself. “With you, I’ve only ever been who I am,” she sings in a whisper before the chorus. “Even I can’t believe I’m sayin’ what I’m thinking”, she states.

As a whole, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ is one of the most authentic records released in a while. It doesn’t feel overdone or like a persona, it feels like a mission statement. It’s clear that this is only the beginning for Lainey Wilson, and with 12 songs as compelling as these, the sky is the limit for her.

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1. Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’
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3. Things A Man Oughta Know
4. Keeping Bars in Business

Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ Track Listing:

1. “Neon Diamonds”— (Lainey Wilson, McV, Matt Rogers)
2. “Sunday Best” —(Lainey Wilson, Brice Long, Shane Minor)
3. “Things A Man Oughta Know” —(Lainey Wilson, Jonathon Singleton, Jason Nix)
4. “Small Town, Girl” —(Lainey Wilson, Chris Yarber, Dallas Wilson)
5. “LA” —(Lainey Wilson, Hannah Dasher, Frank Romano)
6. “Dirty Looks” —(Lainey Wilson, Smith Ahnquist, Brent Anderson)
7. “Pipe” —(Lainey Wilson, Luke Dick, John Pierce)
8. “Keeping Bars In Business” —(Lainey Wilson, Jordan Schmidt, Matt Rogers)
9. “Straight Up Sideways” —(Lainey Wilson, Reid Isbell, Jason Nix, Dan Alley)
10. “WWDD” —(Lainey Wilson, Casey Beathard, Michael Heeney)
11. “Rolling Stone” —(Lainey Wilson, Tammi Kidd, Brent Anderson)
12. “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’” —(Lainey Wilson, Jay Knowles)

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

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Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ 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.

Lainey Wilson Releases Fiery “Neon Diamonds”, Announces New Album

BBR Music Group’s rising star Lainey Wilson has been making waves in country music for years, and today she has released fiery anthem “Neon Diamonds” and announced a new album ‘Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin”, due out February 19th.

“Neon Diamonds” opens with crashing cymbals and gritty guitar, instantly transporting you to a live show with a smokey stage where the bass is a little too loud. It’s clear that when we can attend concerts again, this song will crush and be a crowd-pleaser.

The lyrics are unapologetic and characteristically country. “My left hand ain’t interested in nothin’ but a drink in it,” Wilson sings on the opening line. The song is about a want for something casual, something that won’t last forever. Eventually, she wants to find her forever, but for now, she’s chasing the high that comes from “getting hitched on whiskey vows and exchangin’ drunk I dos/With neon diamonds and smoke rings”. It’s an incredibly clever hook that showcases the singer-songwriter’s vocal range and her classic, old soul.

Lainey Wilson’s New Album "Sayin' What I'm Thinkin'" is due out February 19th

Lainey Wilson’s New Album “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin'” is due out February 19th

“Neon Diamonds”, co-written by Wilson, Matthew McVaney, and Matt Rogers is the opener to her new record Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ which is slated for release on February 19th. It’s the perfect introduction to those who aren’t familiar with Wilson’s sound just yet, and she is able to meld the traditional sounds of country and rock in a way that sounds distinctive.

“I am proud of every piece of this record and all the people that have helped bring it to fruition,” Wilson said in a recent press release. “Finally being able to share this body of work is the most fulfilling and rewarding moment of my life thus far.”

Wilson has been grinding in Nashville for quite some time; she released her debut, independent album “Tougher” in 2016, and she followed it up with a self-distributed and self-titled EP in 2018. It’s so exciting that after all these years someone with as much polish and spirit is getting to share her music with a larger audience. With a new single to country radio that is equal parts gentle and strong, and a highly anticipated LP on the way, 2021 is looking bright for Lainey Wilson.

1.    “Neon Diamonds”— (Lainey Wilson, McV, Matt Rogers)
2.    “Sunday Best” —(Lainey Wilson, Brice Long, Shane Minor)
3.    “Things A Man Oughta Know” —(Lainey Wilson, Jonathon Singleton, Jason Nix)
4.    “Small Town, Girl” —(Lainey Wilson, Chris Yarber, Dallas Wilson)
5.    “LA” —(Lainey Wilson, Hannah Dasher, Frank Romano)
6.    “Dirty Looks” —(Lainey Wilson, Smith Ahnquist, Brent Anderson)
7.    “Pipe” —(Lainey Wilson, Luke Dick, John Pierce)
8.    “Keeping Bars In Business” —(Lainey Wilson, Jordan Schmidt, Matt Rogers)
9.    “Straight Up Sideways” —(Lainey Wilson, Reid Isbell, Jason Nix, Dan Alley)
10. “WWDD” —(Lainey Wilson, Casey Beathard, Michael Heeney)
11. “Rolling Stone” —(Lainey Wilson, Tammi Kidd, Brent Anderson)
12. “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’” —(Lainey Wilson, Jay Knowles)

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

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“Neon Diamonds” 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.

Morgan Wallen Gets Emotional at Sold-Out NYC Show

Last night, singer-songwriter Morgan Wallen brought his headlining ‘If I Know Me Tour’ to New York City’s Irving Plaza, with special guests Lainey Wilson and HARDY. The sold-out show marks Wallen’s first headlining performance in NYC.

Morgan Wallen

Kicking off the night, Song Suffragettes singer and songwriter, Lainey Wilson opened up the show, getting the crowd pumped for HARDY and Wallen’s sets. She entertained the crowd with her songs “Dixie Hippies,” and “Middle Finger.” Keeping the audience involved throughout her set, the Louisiana native played a medley of some of her favorite cover songs, including “Fat Bottomed Girls.” Wilson impressed the crowd with her sassy lyrics, charming personality, and twangy vocals, sure to have garnered some new fans.

Morgan Wallen

Songwriter turned solo artist, HARDY took the stage next. With a permanent smile on his face and a ton of energy, HARDY began his set with some uptempo songs, including his track “4X4” off his This Ole Boy EP and “All She Left Was Me,” off his newest EP, Where to Find Me. HARDY had fans excited and singing along from the minute he walked on stage, sharing with the crowd “ New York, Y’all wanna be the wildest crowd we play for?!,” only to later call the audience “the loudest crowd so far.”

Although most of HARDY’s set was filled with catchy and uptempo party songs, the singer-songwriter took a moment to play one of his slower, lyrically-focused songs “Signed, Sober You.” The stripped down song truly showcased his artistry as both a vocalist and songwriter.

HARDY also made sure to honor his song-writing roots by singing a mash-up of some of the tracks he has penned for other artists, including Florida Georgia Line’s “Colorado”  and “Talk You Out of It,” as well as, Chris Lane’s “I Don’t Know About You.” The entertainer also sang his second number one song as a songwriter, “Simple,” off Florida Georgia Line’s newest album Can’t Say I Ain’t Country. HARDY definitely won fans over with his unique set and presence on stage, ending his set with fan-favorite and current single “Rednecker.”

Making his NYC headlining debut, Morgan Wallen took the stage next, after a quick introduction by Nash FM’s Jesse Addy and Katie Neal. Wallen’s set started off with high-energy, as he immediately played two songs off his debut record If I Know Me, “Whatcha Know ‘Bout That” and “Happy Hour.” Fans couldn’t contain their excitement, as the singer jumped around on stage, getting the crowd excited for his full set. Next, Wallen played “the first song [he] ever put out,” “The Way I Talk,” encouraging the crowd to sing along with him. Fans did just that, as they belted the lyrics back to the singer, who took a moment to soak it all in.

Following the song, Wallen interacted with the crowd, sharing his journey to get to this point, “This is special for me- means a lot! […] We played for a couple of years to a lot of empty rooms. it’s really cool to see a full, packed out room. Ya know, we’ve been on this tour for a couple of months, every single room was packed. You guys make me feel like we’re doing the right thing, man. I really appreciate that cause of y’all we got to put our debut album last year, I’ll be singing a lot of songs off it tonight.” Wallen continued his set singing almost every song off his debut album.

After covering one of this favorite country artists, Eric Church’s song, “Smoke A Little Smoke” and then a song he said was a ‘sexy song’,  “Little “Rain, Wallen played his current radio single, “Whiskey Glasses.” The crowd was so loud, during his performance that it appeared every single person at the sold-out show was singing along. After the song, fans chanted ‘Morgan,’ bringing the rising country star to tears. It was truly a magical moment that both Wallen and fans will be sure to remember for a long time coming.

Continuing to connect with the audience on a deeper level, the artist shared a personal sentiment with the crowd, even introducing his parents, who were in the audience supporting their son. “I started writing songs in the garage in my parent’s house when  I was about 18- 19 years old, on a work out bench man. I didn’t think I’d ever have a chance to do this for a living […] I thought about those days. I think about my parents how they gave up everything, pretty much for me to be here doing this. They up there right now!” he revealed, as fans applauded his parents as loudly as they could, making it another emotional moment for the Wallen family.

Towards the end of the show, Wallen switched gears and played some of his slower-paced, but heartfelt songs, including, “Redneck Love Song,” “Chasin’ You,” and “Talkin’ Tennesse.” The singer-songwriter even shared with the audience that if he had to guess, “Chasin’ You,” which he just put out a music video for, will probably be his next single to go to country radio. The crowd erupted into applause about that possibility.

After some more tender moments, Wallen and his band brought back the high-energy, involving the audience in an epic medley of some of his favorite rock songs, including Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar We’re Going Down,” Linken Park’s “In the End,” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard. He then closed out the show with the song that put him on the map “Up Down”, with HARDY, who co-wrote the track, jamming with him.

Catch Wallen and HARDY again this summer on July 20th at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre on Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Can’t Say We Ain’t Country Tour.’



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