SURPRISED ALONGSIDE TOURMATE AND DUET PARTNER LAINEY WILSON WITH “wait in the truck” PLATINUM NO. 1 PLAQUE IN KNOXVILLE, TENN. (8/31)
PLAYED TO 11,325 FANS ACROSS WEEKEND ONE OF THE WALL-TO-WALL HEADLINE TREK
“TRUCK BED” ACCELERATES AT COUNTRY RADIO WHILE “SOLD OUT” VERGES ON TOP 10 AT ROCK RADIO
HARDY and Lainey Wilson are surprised with RIAA platinum No.1 plaques for “wait in the truck” backstage in Knoxville, Tenn. (8/31) | Image by Tanner Gallagher
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Untamable Big Loud force HARDY launched his charged-up headline the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour this past weekend across the South. Bringing reigning ACM and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lainey Wilson and upstart country talent Dylan Marlowe along for the ride, HARDY greeted 11,325 fans over the tour’s first two nights as he always does: “My name is HARDY, and we’re gonna f*ck you up tonight, so get ready baby!”
Upping the ante on the fall run, his 21-song set was backed by a symphony of upgraded visuals, pyrotechnics, and an expert-level three-piece band, delivering No. 1 hits, deep cuts, and fan favorites with unparalleled energy across the 90-minute headline sprint.
Backstage, HARDY and Wilson were surprised with a plaque celebrating their game-changing platinum No. 1 “wait in the truck,” one of the best songs of 2022 all-genre per Los Angeles Times, Billboard, American Songwriter, and more, and “a dark and arresting story song” (MusicRow) that earned the pair multiple ACM awards and a CMT Collaborative Video of the Year award already this year.
See photos from HARDY’s first two shows of the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour in Knoxville, Tenn. and Tuscaloosa, Ala. here.
At the top of 2023, HARDY embarked on the first half of the anticipated headline run that “started to highlight the architecture of his superstar aspirations” (The Tennessean), quickly upgrading from theatres to the sold-out arenas he’ll light up all fall.
Of his live show performances this year alone, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune raved: “Showing he’s ready for arenas, HARDY was energetic, enthusiastic, authentic, and proudly redneck. He rocked with stout aplomb, crooned country with sing-song cadence and let boisterous fans sing lyrics by themselves, including on deep cuts.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted how “he came out in a ‘HARDY SUCKS’ t-shirt and denim shorts and proceeded to rock the house like a headliner,” while Music Connection astutely observed that “this is not your grandma’s country music…HARDY got the crowd riled up and ready to party.”
Up next, “Nashville’s nü-metal king” (Los Angeles Times) flies through Kentucky and Ohio Sept. 14 – 16, then headlines the Saturday Night Concert at this year’s Talladega YellaWood 500 on Sept. 30.
At country radio, “TRUCK BED” accelerates, nearing Top 30 territory, while “SOLD OUT” continues to put the pedal to the metal just outside of rock radio’s Top 10.
See HARDY live here.
HARDY takes the stage at a sold-out Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Friday, Sept. 1 during opening weekend of his headline the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour | Image by Tanner Gallagher
HARDY takes the stage at a sold-out Knoxville Civic Coliseum on Thursday, Aug. 31 during opening weekend of his headline the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour | Image by Tanner Gallagher
HARDY rocks Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Friday, Sept. 1 during opening weekend of his headline the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour | Image by Tanner Gallagher