You have to love an artist that can deliver behind the scenes and on the big stage. Guys like Chris Stapleton and Sam Hunt both come to mind when thinking of accomplished songwriters turned superstars, and I think we are about to get another. Nashville native ERNEST is an artist who has been fine-tuning his craft in town for most of his life. So far in his young career, he has managed to achieve some significant milestones. As a songwriter, ERNEST has penned #1 hits for other artists like Chris Lane’s “Big Big Plans,” Florida Georgia Line’s “I Love My Country,” and his buddy Morgan Wallen’s “More Than My Hometown.” Outside of just the songwriting realm, he has also managed to have a hot start to his solo career. His debut album Locals Only was released in 2019 and was followed by recent singles “Cheers” and “American Rust”. Through his unique versatility as an artist, ERNEST has been on tour with Hip Hop Artist mike. (formerly known as Mike Stud) and young country star Mason Ramsey.
All of this led to ERNEST’s debut at the famous Ryman Auditorium last Monday during Whiskey Jam’s 10th Anniversary, where he publicly debuted his latest track, “Flower Shops.” Inspired by old George Jones records, Ernest and Ben Burgess crafted this timeless jam about a broken relationship’s last chance to be mended by clearing out, you guessed it, a flower shop. In regards to choosing this song for his Ryman debut, ERNEST said: “It’s turned into one of my favorites that I’ve written, and I just couldn’t think of a song I’d rather play to pay homage to the forefathers of country music.”
I know I will probably be playing the clip from the Ryman on repeat for a while, and I would suggest that you all do the same. Cheers to ERNEST and this absolute smash of a song we hopefully get to hear recorded soonERN than later.
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