HARDY and Lainey Wilson Command The Stage During ‘Wait In The Truck’ Performance On ‘The Tonight Show’

The pair captivated viewers and won over a few new fans.

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Lauren Jo Black

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January 26, 2023

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HARDY with Lainey Wilson; Photo by: Todd Owyoung/NBC

HARDY and Lainey Wilson brought country music to the big apple on Wednesday evening (Jan. 25) with a performance of “Wait In The Truck” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. 

The superstars joined forces to perform the Top 10 and climbing hit on the late-night show and captivated viewers with their impressive vocals and commanding stage presence. 

HARDY with Lainey Wilson; Photo by: Todd Owyoung/NBC
HARDY with Lainey Wilson; Photo by: Todd Owyoung/NBC

If the comments on YouTube are any indication, HARDY and Wilson won over a drove of new fans following their performance. 

“I normally don’t like country music but this was fire,” wrote one YouTube user, while another shared, “Song of the year, regardless of genre.  So good.” 

Jimmy Fallon, Lainey Wilson, HARDY; Photo via Instagram
Jimmy Fallon, Lainey Wilson, HARDY; Photo via Instagram

For their performance, HARDY sported a Nuthin’ Fancy hat and a plaid shirt with jeans, while Wilson donned a pair of her signature bell bottoms alongside a floral black top adorned with silver studs and a stylish hat.   

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Released in August of last year, “Wait In The Truck,” was an instant hit upon its debut. It also became the most-added song at country radio with 57 first-week stations when it went for adds on Monday, August 29, 2022.

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.

HARDY-Lainey-Wilson-Photo-via-Instagram
HARDY-Lainey-Wilson-Photo-via-Instagram

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. 

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HARDY and Wilson shared a cinematic music video coinciding with the release of the murder ballad. The Justin Clough-directed clip plays out like a movie and follows each line of the song perfectly, bringing the dark storyline to life.

“Wait In The Truck” was produced by Joey Moi and co-produced by HARDY, Derek Wells and Jordan Schmidt. HARDY said it’s one of his favorite songs in his catalog. 

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New Album

Wait In The Truck” appears on HARDY’s recently released sophomore album, the mockingbird & THE CROW.

the mockingbird & THE CROW is, in my opinion, the best thing I’ve made so far,” HARDY previously shared. “I had a lot of time to get in the weeds making this record with some of my favorite people in Nashville, and it truly captures every part of who I am as an artist. I’m honored that I get to share it with you next year; can’t wait to hear what you think about it.”

The project, which arrived on January 20 via Big Loud Records, features 17 tracks, including the previously released tunes: “here lies country music,” “the mockingbird & THE CROW,” “Jack,” “SOLD OUT,” “TRUCK BED” and more.

HARDY; the mockingbird & THE CROW
HARDY; the mockingbird & THE CROW

HARDY’s latest project also consists of three duets, the chart-climbing “wait in the truck” with Lainey Wilson, “Red” featuring Morgan Wallen and of course, “RADIO SONG” with Jeremy McKinnon.

The half rock/half country album was recorded between Ocean Way and Blackbird Studios in Nashville, entirely produced by Joey Moi with co-production by HARDY and Derek Wells, and co-production on select tracks by David Garcia, Jordan Schmidt, Ben Johnson, Andrew Wade, Jeremy McKinnon, and Cody Quistad.

HARDY co-wrote every single track on the album alongside some of Nashville’s most sought after songwriters, including Ashley Gorley, Rhett Akins, Hillary Lindsey, Jessie Jo Dillon, David Garcia, Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, and more.

Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images for ACM
Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images for ACM

New Tour

Additionally, HARDY will embark on a massive headlining tour next month in support of the new album, dubbed the mockingbird & THE CROW tour.

“I’m incredibly grateful to be able to bring this record to you next year. Touring it is something I’ve been thinking about since we started the recording process,” HARDY said. “This album is my best work so far. I truly believe that, and I want this tour to reflect that every night. Excited to have my buddies Blame My Youth and Jameson out with me; it’s going to be crazy.”

The trek, which features support from Jameson Rodgers and Blame My Youth, kicks off on February 16 at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, Indiana. The tour will wrap up on April 29 at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving, Texas.

Meanwhile, Lainey Wilson is currently in the midst of her first-ever headlining trek, dubbed the Country With A Flare Tour, which is completely sold-out and is in support of her latest album, Bell Bottom Country.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.