Larry Fleet’s Third Album ‘Earned It’ Channels the Grit and Heart of the Working Class
“With this record, I wanted to focus on how we got here and what our work earned us,” Fleet shared of the project.
Larry Fleet; Photo by Matt Paskert
The Tennesee native wrote this album as a testament to the working class and the generations of laborers that came before him. It accentuates the joy and pain of blue-collar life, the value of family and resilience, and the importance of what is built day by day.
“I love getting to play music and write songs, but there are still days when I ride by a job site and see some ol’ boy on an excavator and I’m like, ‘Man, I remember that,’” Fleet shared in a statement. “You work hard every day. You build something with your hands, and when you’re done you’ve got something to look at and you’re proud of that.”
Inspired by his own experience with hard work and his admiration for other proletariats, Fleet felt as if ‘Earned It” was the appropriate album title and opening track for the project.
“I believe in taking care of the people you love, earning a life you’re proud of, workin’ hard, and keeping your family and the things that matter first,” he said. “With this record, I wanted to focus on how we got here and what our work earned us; it’s earned this life for my family, this opportunity for me and my band out on the road, it’s taught me about living well and makes me appreciate the place I come from. Earned It just felt right because I feel like I have; it’s been a long time coming, and by God it was worth it.”
Co-writing 12 of the 21 songs on the compilation, Fleet collaborated with songwriters like Connie Rae Harrington, Luke Laird, Jesse Frasure, Craig Wiseman, Jessie Jo Dillon, Michael Hardy, Ashley Gorley and more. All songs on Earned It were produced by Joey Moi.
Teasing the highly anticipated album, Fleet released several tracks that gave fans a glimpse of what was surfacing on the record. He expressed his relatable songwriting and his ability to create riveting, faith-filled messages into an original country sound.
Continuing his own headlining Larry Fleet Live tour, Fleet kicked off his fall leg with a sold-out show in Nashville, Tennessee at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
Growing up just 30 miles away in nearby White Bluff, Tenn. the singer/songwriter felt right at home in the Mother Church of Country Music.
“It feels like a family reunion in here,” Fleet shared from the stage.
He will continue this trek through November 3 with special guests Karley Scott Collins, Stephen Wilson Jr, and Shelby Darrall on various dates.
EARNED IT TRACK LIST
- Earned It (Larry Fleet, Connie Rae Harrington)
- Lucky Dog (Zach Abend, Smith Ahnquist, Michael Hardy)
- Ain’t Mad At Jesus (Larry Fleet, Josh Miller, Jake Mitchell)
- 25-8 (Casey Beathard, Nicolette Hayford, Jim Wolf)
- Things I Take For Granted (Larry Fleet, Rocky Block, Jordan Dozzi, Brett Tyler)
- Lord Willing (Larry Fleet, Will Bundy, Brett Tyler)
- Two Beer Plan (Larry Fleet, Thomas Archer, Ryan Beaver, Mark Holman)
- Taking The Long Way (Larry Fleet, Will Bundy, Brett Tyler)
- Something He’d Say (Larry Fleet, Josh Thompson, Jake Mitchell)
- Beer Needs A Beer (Larry Fleet, Brett Tyler, Logan Wall)
- There’s A Waylon (Steve Moakler, Joseph Patton, Logan Wall)
- Angels Were Gone (Rodney Clawson, Jessie Jo Dillon, Joybeth Taylor)
- Try Texas (Jake Mitchell, Larry Fleet, James McNair)
- Tennessee On You (Rocky Block, John Byron, Jacob Durrett, Ashley Gorley)
- Muddy Water (Larry Fleet, Jesse Frasure, Brett Tyler)
- Devil Music (Jessie Jo Dillon, Neil Mason, Brett Tyler)
- Layaway (Larry Fleet, Mark Trussell, Josh Miller)
- Much To Talk About (Tommy Cecil, Jordan Dozzi, Craig Wiseman)
- Grow (Rodney Clawson, Josh Miller, Dallas Wilson)
- Daddy Don’t Drink (Larry Fleet, Derek Bahr, Luke Laird)
- Young Buck (Andy Albert, John Byron, Devin Dawson, Jacob Durrett)
I am a senior at Kansas State University, where I am majoring in Communication Studies. Throughout my time at college, I’ve had the opportunity to publish a few of my pieces in the University’s newspaper, The Collegian, and I’ve created my own website. I’ve previously interned for Country Insider, an iHeartMedia-owned country music industry newsletter and I am currently interning for CountryNow, a Red Light Management owned publication. I’m very passionate about music and writing, so I hope to find myself in a career that incorporates both of these passions.