HARDY Delivers Unfiltered Truth In New Spoken Word Track, ‘QUIT!!,’ Announces 2024 Tour

HARDY was inspired to write the song after someone wrote the word “quit” on a napkin and put it in his tip jar early in his career.


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 12, 2024

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HARDY; Photo by Tanner Gallagher

HARDY holds nothing back his just-released song, “QUIT!!,” a spoken word track that details his journey to success and the drive to never back down that led him here. 

What Is HARDY’s New Song About?

Penned by the genre-bending hitmaker with Jacob Durrett, the autobiographical tune was inspired by a story he told at the 2022 ACM Honors after accepting his first-ever ACM Songwriter of the Year award. A clip of this speech was included on the accompanying visualizer, which finds him recounting the moment back in the early days of his career when a person wrote the word “quit” on a napkin and put it in his tip jar of the gig he was playing that night. Instead of letting that word tear him down nearly 10 years ago, he has used it as motivation throughout the rise of his career. 

Now he’s speaking his truth in the autobiographical track, opening with a reference to this experience that happened a decade ago.

“Somebody wrote quit on a napkin I took it out of my tip jar laughing Like damn what a asshole, man/ I’m just a flat broke boy with a guitar asking/ For anybody to pay attention/ It’s not like anybody paid admission/ I was just wishin’/ Somebody would listen/ Give me a shot and I ain’t talkin’ bout Canadian Mist then,” he delivers on the opening verse.

HARDY; Cover Art Courtesy of Big Loud Records /Big Loud Rock
HARDY; Cover Art Courtesy of Big Loud Records /Big Loud Rock

HARDY also pays homage to some of the people who helped build his career from the ground up, like Florida Georgia Line who “put me on the map” and Morgan Wallen who “put me on the track.”

He continued, “Fu*ked around and penned a couple hits / Chucked ‘em out to see if they’d react/ Talked about the way of life I live/ All the things the country life will give/ It’s like I never left my neighborhood/ But I burned out of it and I turned out good.”

By the end, he urges listeners to “get to know a guy” before they “choose hate” because there’s no telling how far they’ll go. HARDY is living proof that if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen with some hard work and end up with “a stack of awards on a napkin.”


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Adding “QUIT!!” to his catalog further shows that he will continue to push the boundaries on his genre-less catalog that draws fans in like no other. In a way, HARDY has that person who wrote that hateful word on a napkin to thank because without it, he might not have pushed himself to get to where he is today as an award-winning singer/songwriter.

“Thank you for inspiring me to be great,” HARDY says. “I guess sometimes holding a grudge is a good thing.”

Just-Announced 15-Date Summer Tour

HARDY Quit!! Tour
HARDY Quit!! Tour 2024

Along with the new song release, HARDY announced that he’s bringing his heavy-hitting energy on the road for his 15-date summer Quit!! Tour. Produced by Live Nation, this trek will allow HARDY to headline some of the largest venues of his career.

Beginning May 30, he will make his way to amphitheaters and arenas across North America alongside his openers Kip Moore, Travis Denning, Ella Langley, and Stephen Wilson Jr.

Tickets for the Quit!! tour go on sale Friday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. local time, with select fan pre-sales starting Tuesday, Jan. 16. Buy tickets here.

Quit!! Tour Dates:

May 30 – Rogers, Ark. – Walmart AMP ♠*◎

May 31 – St. Louis, Mo. – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre ♠*◎

June 1 – Noblesville, Ind. – Ruoff Music Center ♠*◎

June 6 – Toronto, Ont. – Budweiser Stage ♠*◎

June 7 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – Broadview Stage at SPAC ♠*◎

June 8 – Buffalo, N.Y. – Darien Lake Amphitheater ♠*

June 14 – Charlotte, N.C. – PNC Music Pavilion ♠*✭

June 15 – Raleigh, N.C. – Coastal Credit Union Music Park ♠*✭

June 20 – Holmdel, N.J. – PNC Bank Arts Center ♠*✭

June 21 – Mansfield, Mass. – Xfinity Center ♠*✭

June 22 – Gilford, N.H. – BankNH Pavilion ♠*✭

June 27 – Camden, N.J. – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion ♠*✭

June 28 – Bristow, Va. – Jiffy Lube Live ♠*✭

July 25 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Riverbend Music Center ♠*

July 27 – Tinley Park, Ill. – Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre ♠*

♠ Kip Moore

* Travis Denning

 Ella Langley

 Stephen Wilson Jr.

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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.