BREAKING: HARDY Issues Statement Following Overturned Tour Bus Accident That Sent Him and His Crew To The Hospital with ‘Significant Injuries’

HARDY (born Michael Wilson Hardy), 32, and members of his touring crew were involved in a tour bus accident that…


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October 2, 2022

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HARDY; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

HARDY (born Michael Wilson Hardy), 32, and members of his touring crew were involved in a tour bus accident that reportedly resulted in injuries on Sunday at approx. 2:30 am. 

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer, the accident, which is still under investigation, occurred when his tour bus overturned on Interstate 40 West near the Wilson-Davidson county line, just outside of Nashville. 

HARDY; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
HARDY; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

The Interstate reportedly remained blocked until early this morning due to the ongoing investigation. 

The Mississippi native took to social media on Sunday afternoon to share a statement with fans.

“Following last night’s show, our tour bus was in an accident on our way home from Bristol. There were just four of us, including myself, on the bus, however, we were all treated for significant injuries. Our friend, and bus driver needs your prayers as he is still in the hospital. His family is with him while he is being treated and we’re all pulling and praying for him,” HARDY wrote.

The award-winning songwriter went on to share that his touring schedule may be impacted by the accident.

“I’ve been released from the hospital, but ordered by doctors to recover for the next few weeks which may cost us at a couple of shows,” he continued. “My team and I will keep the fans updated on that as I rest in the coming days. Please keep our road family in your prayers and I promise to keep you updated in the days to follow. God bless our medics and local and state officials for their quick response and incredible service.” 

HARDY was returning from Country Thunder Bristol where he served as direct support for Saturday’s headliner, Morgan Wallen. Also on the bill were Lauren Alaina, Tracy Lawrence, and Ian Munsick.

The “One Beer” singer’s next tour date is set for October 8 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas for the final date of Wallen’s The Dangerous Tour with additional special guests Jake Worthington and Mike Ryan.

The 2022 ACM Songwriter Of The Year recently released “wait in the truck,” a collaboration with Lainey Wilson, which was an instant hit upon release. ​​The tune also became the most-added song at country radio with 57 first-week stations, when it went for adds on Monday, August 29.

Co-written by HARDY with Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, and Renee Blair, “Wait In The Truck” tells the story of a woman who has experienced ongoing domestic abuse. The woman is ultimately saved by a stranger who takes matters into his own hands when he confronts the abusive man and shoots him to death.

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With her newfound freedom, the woman ultimately feels torn between feeling relieved and guilty over her abuser’s death.

“I don’t know if he’s an angel / Cause angels don’t do what he did / He was hell-bent to find the man behind / All the whiskey scars I hid / I never thought my day of justice / Would come from a judge under his seat / But I knew right then I’d never get hit again when he said to me / Wait in the truck / Just wait in the truck,” Wilson sings, full of emotion.

Following the release of “wait in the truck,” HARDY shared a new rock single, “Jack.”

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HARDY and his fiancée, Caleigh Ryan, are set to wed later this month. The couple got engaged in August of 2021 at the Lyric Theatre in Oxford, Mississippi.

“I’m not her boyfriend anymore,” HARDY wrote at the time alongside a photo showcasing the moment he got down on one knee to propose. The caption was inspired by lyrics from his song, “Boyfriend,” which appears on his critically acclaimed debut album, A ROCK.

Over the summer, the HARDY and Caleigh took their relationship to the next level when they moved into their first home together. The soon-to-be newlyweds documented the exciting moment on Instagram. 

“AND THEY WERE ROOMMATES!!!! I feel like I’ve been living in a dream, but we’ve unpacked our very last boxes and are officially living in our first home together!!,” Caleigh wrote alongside a series of photos of the couple posed on their new front porch. “We are both just so over the moon about all of the crazy amazing things we have going on in our lives right now. Feeling extra extra blessed. I can’t wait to share this new chapter with y’all.”

Later this year, HARDY will embark on his headlining Wall To Wall Tour, which kicks off on December 1 with back-to-back, sold-out shows at Georgia Theater in Athens, Georgia. The Wall To Wall Tour features support from Jackson Dean and “Blurry” hitmakers Puddle Of Mudd on select dates.

For a full list of HARDY’s upcoming tour dates visit his official website HERE.

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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.