ERNEST To Release 13 New Songs As Part Of ‘FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM): Two Dozen Roses’
The project arrives on February 10.
ERNEST; Photo by Delaney Royer
ERNEST’s music catalog is currently flourishing with new songs that will soon be released in the form of a deluxe album.
In early 2022, listeners got to experience his musical talent in all its glory through his debut project, FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM). Now, ERNEST is taking things a step further and adding 13 new original songs to the project, making it a complete deluxe album dubbed Two Dozen Roses.
“I can’t wait for everyone to hear the new music,” ERNEST shared in a release. “It’s even more of the real, honest storytelling that the album was built on, and continues the character’s love story right where it left off with ‘Some Other Bar.’ It’s very reflective, I think everyone will be able to relate to a part of the story in some way. I’m really proud of it!”
To kick things off, the rising country star released three of these new tracks – “Unhang The Moon,” “Songs We Used To Sing” and “Miss That Girl.”
“These first three are some of my favorites,” he continues. “This is just a taste of what’s coming, and hopefully hearing them makes everyone even more excited for what we have cookin’.”
Written by ERNEST alongside Jacob Durrett, Brad Clawson, and Grady Block, “Unhand The Moon” draws out raw vocals that quiver with heartbreak as ERNEST’s character battles the effects of a lost love that was once the center of his whole world. He creates a new sense of reality as he slowly pulls himself out of the darkness that ensued once his light was taken away and now, part of him wants her to feel the that same pain.
“I wanna make you feel the way that I do / Take all the stars out of Dallas / Pull every color out from under your blue / ‘Til nothin’ feels right without us / You broke me in two and all I wanna do / Is unhang the moon I hung for you, yeah,” he sings in the chorus.
Nothing compares to the aching feeling of being a prisoner to the painful memories that you can’t seem to shake. ERNEST got in the writing room with Justin Ebach and Lady A’s Charles Kelley to express these emotions in the powerful track, “Songs We Used To Sing.”
As the chorus hits, he begins to reflect on a “Bunch of songs we used to sing / Like old memories in a frame / Taking me back just like that / Spinning you around that kitchen floor / There ain’t nothing like the sting / Of blue eyes crying in the rain / Still playin’ loud when you walked out and slammed the door / Now those songs we used to sing / Are just songs that I can’t sing anymore.”
The final release in this set of three is titled, “Miss That Girl.” Penned by ERNEST, Jacob Durrett and Brad Clawson, this song makes for easy listening experience with its poetic melody and rhyming verses. The narrative identifies a rash character who blames himself for the failed relationship and is doing as much as he can to try and fix his heart.
ERNEST opens with the lyrics, “Red dirt red dirt take me slow / Out to where the green grass grows / Whiskey whiskey get me stoned / I don’t wanna miss that girl / Blue sky blue sky why so gray / I could sure use a little sun today / Hurry hurry fix this heart I don’t wanna miss that girl.”
The rest of the 12-track collection will be unveiled on February 10, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Since releasing Flower Shops, ERNEST sold out his first-ever headline tour across college towns and got the chance to showcase his music in front of massive audiences while on the road with labelmate Morgan Wallen as part of his record-breaking Dangerous Tour.
This year, ERNEST will once again join the “You Proof” singer for the entire duration of his 58-show trek. Wallen’s massive One Night At A Time World Tour is set to kick off on March 15 in Auckland, NZ at the Spark Arena and will continue on to 26 stadiums, plus arenas, amphitheaters and festivals across four countries and two continents.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.