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Since Morgan Wallen’s latest single hit #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, fans have been putting on their “Whiskey Glasses.”
Wallen, a 24-year-old singer from Tennessee, is set to perform on Main Street after Clearwater’s Big Rodeo on Saturday night.
Fans can expect “boondock bangers, amped-up anthems and sensitive, shade-tree poetry.”
Growing up, Wallen told the ACN that he began to perform for his local congregation at age three. While Wallen’s mom listened to Christian music and he preferred rap, his father leaned more toward hard rock.
“It’s not something you would expect - a Southern Baptist preacher who loves Bad Company - but I think that’s part of what makes him genuine,” Wallen said of his father. “He wasn’t the kind of preacher who was throwing judgment toward anybody. He just found a way that helped him and he wanted to help other people, and if he liked a little rock-and-roll, then so be it. I looked up to it all.”
After moving to Nashville in 2015 from Sneedville, Tenn, where he attended the same high school as country superstar Kenny Chesny, Wallen worked on honing his writing skills with legends like Craig Wiseman (“Live Like You Were Dying”) and Rodney Clawson (“Dirt”).
Wallen earned his first #1 as a songwriter with Jason Aldean’s PLATINUM-certified smash single, “You Make It Easy,” which he co-wrote with Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard and Jordan Schmidt.
Wallen’s breakout hit, “The Way I Talk,” takes a “drawling look at putting your money where your mouth is.”
His next hit, “Up Down,” features Florida Georgia Line and references “Holdin’ it down here in ‘B.F.E.’”
“Some people have asked me, ‘What is B.F.E.?’ and if you don’t know, you just don’t know,” Wallen said. “I love a good time, I love to drink a little bit, I love being with my friends and I love fishing. Life is hard enough already, so if you can find a song that takes you away from that for three or four minutes, it’s a blessing.”
“Up Down” co-writer HARDY will be opening for Wallen on Saturday night.
HARDY’s debut single, “Rednecker,” is currently closing in on the Top 30. HARDY’s songs are bold and proud with lyrics focused on “farms, in the backwoods and mostly in America’s heartland.”
“I love that lifestyle, and that’s what I want to talk about,” HARDY said. “People who still live in small towns, still love that and want to hear that. That’s why I’m who I am as an artist.”
HARDY is set to perform at 9 p.m. on Main Street Saturday with Wallen following.