Surprise – HARDY is dropping an album on Friday and it features a slew of country music’s hottest stars.
The record, dubbed Hixtape Vol. 1, includes 10 tracks and 17 of HARDY’s all-star friends.
Artists featured on the star-studded track list include Cole Swindell, Dustin Lynch, Morgan Wallen, Trace Adkins, Joe Diffie, Thomas Rhett, Jameson Rodgers, Keith Urban, Mitchell Tenpenny, Jon Langston, Tracy Lawrence, Jake Owen, Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson.
Originally planned as a four-song EP, the track list grew as word about the album got out.
“The more we kept asking people and taking chances … people kept saying ‘yes’ and it just became this really cool thing,” HARDY explains. “Eighty percent of them are my friends. The spectrum is really broad. We have everyone from Devin Dawson to Joe Diffie, and everything in between. I think there’s something for every type of country fan on the record.”
If all goes as planned, Hixtape Vol. 1 is just the beginning for HARDY and his friends.
“I think it’s a perfect representation of who I am as an artist,” he says. “There will be more. One hundred percent there will be more. My personal goal is that this does really well, that other artists hear this and they want to be on the next one … to which I would reply, ‘absolutely.’”
The release of Hixtape Vol. 1 comes on the heels of HARDY’s incredible success as an artist and songwriter. The man behind Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country” and “Hell Right” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Simple” is climbing up the charts with his solo release “Rednecker.” Next month, he’ll begin his run headlining Sirius XM’s The Highway Finds Tour.
HARDY Hixtape Vol. 1 Track List
1. “Boy From the South” featuring Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch
(Matt Dragstrem, Michael Hardy and Brett Tyler)
2. “He Went to Jared” featuring Morgan Wallen
(Michael Hardy, Chase McGill and Morgan Wallen)
3. “Redneck Tendencies” featuring Trace Adkins and Joe Diffie
(Michael Hardy, Brian Kelley, Ernest K. Smith and Ben Stennis)
4. “Nothin’ Out Here” featuring Thomas Rhett
(Michael Hardy, Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Yeary)
5. “My Kinda Livin’” featuring Hunter Phelps and Jameson Rodgers
(Michael Hardy, Cameron Montgomery and Hunter Phelps)
6. “No Place Like Hometown” featuring Keith Urban and Hillary Lindsey
(Michael Hardy, Mark Holman and Hillary Lindsey)
7. “Something a Lil’ Stronger” featuring Mitchell Tenpenny and Jon Langston
(Bart Butler, Michael Hardy, Jake Mitchell and Brett Tyler)
8. “What They Make Backroads For” featuring Tracy Lawrence and Jake Owen
(Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt and Josh Thompson)
9. “Turn You Down” featuring Morgan Wallen and Zakk Wylde
(Ben Burgess, Jacob Durrett, Michael Hardy and Morgan Wallen)
10. “One Beer” featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson
(Michael Hardy, Hillary Lindsey and Jake Mitchell)