Ernest Surprises Nashville Crowd With Keith Urban, Hardy
It was a special night in Music City for the “Nashville kid” himself, Ernest. The country singer and prestigious songwriter hit the stage at the Ryman Auditorium Tuesday night (11/28) for his first of two sold out nights there and surprised the crowd with two very special guests.
I will say that he definitely made his fans proud while performing top hits such as “Kiss of Death,” “Flower Shops,” “Miss That Girl,” “Tennessee Queen,” “Feet Wanna Run,” and more.
Ernest took on a cover of John Mayer’s 2006 track, “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room,” with a surprise guest on guitar, the one and only Keith Urban. The 31-year-old had previously released a live studio cover last month as well as a live performance video as part of his “Circle Sessions” earlier this year.
Ernest tried not to get emotional on stage for the sold-out crowd, but who could have blamed him if he did? The Ryman is a place that he holds near and dear to his heart for many reasons, as do most country artists.
“I mean, damn, I named my son after this place. It means the world to me. Writing songs was something I was doing before I knew I was writing songs. I was just wasting time in class, scribbling in notepads. I probably got some teachers here tonight that can attest to that.” Ernest told the crowd.
While he wasn’t in attendance, Ernest did perform a song he had written for a fellow Nashvillian and CMA Awards winner for New Artist of the Year, Jelly Roll. The singer-songwriter took a few minutes to tell the backstory of “Son Of A Sinner” and his friendship with the superstar.
“A song I wrote with a good friend of mine, a fellow Nashville native by the name of Jason Bradley DeFord. Who is professionally known by Jelly Roll. I’ve known him for a few years and then I went to college and he went to jail. And we got out of our situations. And he called me one day to the golf course and he was like, I want to write a country album. I want to make country music. And we ended up writing his song one day,” Ernest exclaimed.
As Ernest mentioned in the Facebook post below, there was honestly “so much love in the room last night.” With that, came his second surprise guest of the evening, his good friend and labelmate, Hardy.
Ernest and Hardy performed “More Than My Hometown,” the lead single from Morgan Wallen’s sophomore album, Dangerous: The Double Album. Produced by Joey Moi, the fan-favorite track was co-written by Ernest, Hardy, Wallen, and Ryan Vojtesak.
Ernest will perform again tonight for night two at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. He will join Wallen out on the road for his 2024 Morgan Wallen: One Night At A Time World Tour in May.