Bailey Zimmerman Smashes Chart Records With Second No.1, ‘Rock And A Hard Place’

Zimmerman says he is feeling “so blessed.”


Lauren Jo Black

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April 11, 2023

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Bailey Zimmerman; Photo by Spidey Smith

Bailey Zimmerman’s “Rock And A Hard Place” continues to dominate the charts, and the rising star is breaking records along the way. 

The song has now spent three weeks atop the Billboard Country Airplay chart. It hit the top of the charts faster than his previous No.1, “Fall In Love,” and according to Billboard, this is “the quickest for any act’s first two [chart toppers] in nearly a quarter-century.”  

Additionally, “Rock And A Hard Place” is officially the No.1 song on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart. With this chart achievement, Zimmerman claimed the title of the most-played record across the country in one single week since the Mediabase chart’s inception.

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“Rock And A Hard Place,” written by Heath Warren, Jacob Hackworth, and Jet Hervey, is also making waves on the all-genre Billboard Global 200 chart, recently becoming his first Top 10 hit on their all-genre Hot 100 chart. 

According to a release, the song cracked the Top 10 in its 41st week on the Hot 100. This broke another record for the longest climb to the top 10 for a song by a soloist in the chart’s history.

On the streaming front, “Rock And A Hard Place” continues to be one of the Top 4 most-streamed country songs in the US and totals more than 550 million global streams to date.

Zimmerman reacted to the chart-topping news on social media. 

“CAN YALL BELIEVE THIS😭📻,” he wrote. ““Rock and a Hard Place” is the number 1 song on country radio in the United States and in Canada at the same time🔥💨

He went on to share gratitude for those who have supported his musical journey.

“A massive thank you is owed to my friends at country radio🔥 y’all have been in my corner since day 1 and I can’t thank y’all enough for the support! You’ve changed this kids life forever, thank you thank you thank you👏 An even bigger thank you to the people out there that have helped make this song what it is🔥 Listening every day, calling into the stations, coming to the shows and screaming your heads off… it’s truly amazing to see how big of an impact a single song can have on the world🌎 Y’all have truly truly changed alot of lives with all the support and I don’t know how I could ever repay y’all…thank you so much❤️

Bailey Zimmerman; Photo by Spidey Smith
Bailey Zimmerman; Photo by Spidey Smith

He added that he feels “so blessed” before closing out his message.  

The news comes on the heels of the announcement of Bailey Zimmerman’s full-length debut album, Religiously. The Album. The 16-track project is slated to be released on May 12. 

Zimmerman co-wrote 11 songs on the album. See the complete track listing below.


1. Religiously

Written by: Bailey Zimmerman, Austin Shawn, Alex Palmer, Frank Romano, Marty James

2. Warzone

Written by: Bailey Zimmerman, Austin Shawn, Gavin Lucas, Michael Hobby

3. Fix’n’ To Break

Written by: Bailey Zimmerman, Austin Rakesh Shawn, Chandler Paul Walters, Gavin Lucas, Sergio Sanchez

4. Forget About You

Written by: Bailey Zimmerman, Gavin Lucas, Drew Baldridge, Nick Schwarz

5. Chase Her

Written by: Heath Warren, Matthew Schuster, Andrew Stoelzing, Jared Scott, Nate Miles

6. Fall In Love

Written by: Bailey Zimmerman, Gavin Lucas, Austin Rakesh Shawn

7. You Don’t Want That Smoke

Written by: Jimi Bell, Tucker Beathard

8. Found Your Love

Written by: Bailey Zimmerman, Austin Shawn, Gavin Lucas

9. Rock And A Hard Place

Written by: Heath Warren, Jacob Hackworth, Jet Harvey

10. Other Side Of Lettin’ Go

Written by: Bailey Zimmerman, Heath Warren, Gavin Lucas, Chandler Walters

11. Pain Won’t Last

Written by: Brandon Wish, Ryan Spencer, Avery Roberson

12. Where It Ends

Written by: Bailey Zimmerman, Joe Spargur, Grant Averill

13. God’s Gonna Cut You Down

Written by: Johnny R. Cash

14. Fadeaway

Written by: Bailey Zimmerman, Austin Shawn, Gavin Lucas, Heath Warren

15. Get To Gettin’ Gone

Written by: Bailey Zimmerman, Greylan James Egan, Jason Peter Massey

16. Is This Really Over?

Written by: Bailey Zimmerman, Ernest Keith Smith, Chandler Walters, Mark Holman, Rhys Rutherford, Cody Lohden

“The past two years of my life have been insane and the fact that I get to release my first ever album is so surreal,” Zimmerman previously shared. “Thank you to everyone that has had my back through thick and thin. I will never be able to repay y’all for the love and support, this album is for you.”

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The upcoming project is available for preorder and pre-save here.

Next up, the buzzed-about country newcomer will join the U.S. leg of Morgan Wallen’s 2023 One Night At A Time World Tour. The highly anticipated tour kicks off this Friday (4/14) with back to back nights at Milwaukee’s American Family Field stadium. 

The 50+ date trek will visit multiple legendary venues including stadium stops at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, Chicago’s Wrigley Field, LA’s SoFi Stadium and Boston’s Fenway Park before wrapping on October 7th at Tacoma Dome in Washington. 


*Morgan Wallen’s 2023 One Night At A Time World Tour


14 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Field*

15 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Field*

16 – Florence Junction, AZ – Country Thunder Arizona

20 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center*

22 – Oxford, MS – Vaught-Hemingway Stadium*

23 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum

27 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena*

28 – Moline, IL – Vibrant Arena*

29 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena*

30 – Indio, CA – Stagecoach


4 – Jacksonville, FL – VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena*

5 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre*

6 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*

13 – Austin, TX – iHeartCountry 2023

18 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium*

19 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium*

20 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium*

24 – Austin, TX – Moody Center*

26 – Houston, TX – Minute Maid Park*

27 – Durant, OK – Choctaw Casino & Resort


1 – Atlanta, GA – Truist Park*

2 – Atlanta, GA – Truist Park*

3 – Panama City Beach, FL – Gulf Coast Jam

8 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*

9 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*

10 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Carolina Country Music Festival

14 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park*

15 – Pittsburgh, PA – PNC Park*

17 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park*

21 – Mack, CO – Country Jam

22 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field*

23 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field*

29 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field*

30 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field*

Bailey Zimmerman; Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for CMT
Bailey Zimmerman; Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for CMT


6 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium*

7 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium*

8 – Fort Loramie, OH – Country Concert

13 – Chicago, IL – Windy City Smokeout

14 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park*

15 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park*

16 – Craven, CAN – Country Thunder Saskatchewan

19 – Phoenix, AZ – Chase Field*

20 – Phoenix, AZ – Chase Field*

21 – Culman, AL – Rock The South Festival

22  – Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium*

23 – Twin Lakes, WI – Country Thunder Wisconsin


3  – Detroit Lakes, MN – WE Fest

10 – Malone, NY – Franklin County Fair

11 – Oro-Medonte, CAN – Boots And Hearts

12 – Columbus, OH – Ohio Stadium*

16 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park*

17 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park*

18 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park*

20 – Calgary, CAN – Country Thunder Alberta


2 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park*

14 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage*

15 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage*

16 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage*

18 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens*

21 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre*

22 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre*

23 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre*

28 – Winnipeg, MB – Canada Life Centre*

29 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre*

30 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome*


3 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena*

4 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena* 

7 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome*

22 – Kissimmee, FL – Country Thunder Florida

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.