HARDY and Lainey Wilson Team Up For Live Debut Of ‘Wait In The Truck’ At Seven Peaks Music Festival

HARDY and Lainey Wilson performed their collaboration “Wait In The Truck” for the first time ever during Dierks Bentley’s Seven…


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September 5, 2022


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Lainey Wilson, HARDY; Photos Courtesy DB Congress

HARDY and Lainey Wilson performed their collaboration “Wait In The Truck” for the first time ever during Dierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks Music Festival on Saturday evening (Sept. 3).

The pair of country hitmakers recreated the looks from their cinematic music video on stage as HARDY wore an orange prisoner jumpsuit, and Wilson donned an auburn red wig, white shirt and blue jeans. 

In a clip shared by @DBCongress on Instagram, HARDY and Wilson delivered a dramatic performance of the fan-favorite tune.

While this isn’t the first time HARDY performed the tune live, the performance marked the live debut of the track for the duet partners.

Seven Peaks Music Festival took place in Villa Grove, CO in the San Luis Valley throughout Labor Day weekend (Sept. 2 – Sept. 4) and featured performances from headliners Dierks Bentley, Tracy Lawrence and Morgan Wallen as well as Boy Named Banjo, Ashley Cooke, Jordan Davis, Jackson Dean, Travis Denning, Kendell Marvel, Ashley McBryde, Old Crow Medicine Show, Caitlyn Smith, Rapidgrass, and Alana Springsteen.

Released on Friday, August 26, “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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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“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. 

“’Wait In the Truck,’ my next single, is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written – probably the best song I’ve ever written to be honest,” HARDY shared when the song was released. “It hit me so hard the first time I heard the demo back, and no other song had done that before. Very excited for the world to hear the song, excited for the song to give people a platform to maybe speak out about stuff that might be going on in their own homes. Thank you to Lainey Wilson for doing this song with me – she crushed it, she crushed the music video, I just can’t wait for the world to see this and I can’t wait to play it live.”

“I always love working with HARDY, but this track is extra special,” Wilson added. “I am so proud to be part of ‘wait in the truck’ because it’s such a powerful song and story, and I really do think it will change lives.”

HARDY is currently in the midst of The Dangerous Tour with Morgan Wallen, while Lainey Wilson is on the road with Jon Pardi on the Ain’t Always The Cowboy Tour. 

Later this year, HARDY will embark on his headlining Wall To Wall Tour, and Lainey Wilson will join Luke Combs on The Middle Of Somewhere Tour. 

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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 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.