Parker McCollum has released his highly-anticipated song, “Stoned,” a title which he previously teased as a track for his next album.
“I was going to save this song to be released with the album but, after the fans demanded it be released sooner, I decided to go ahead and give it to them,” McCollum shared in a release. “This song says so much while saying so little, which is exactly how I like it to be. I hope they love it!”
Written by McCollum, Brett James, and Mark Holman, this track serves as a confession about “why I stay stoned.” The country star digs deep and reveals some self-discovery as he explores the feelings of loneliness, misunderstanding and heartbreak.
“I cry when it’s rainin’ / I cry when it’s dark / I feel like thе whole world won’t ever undеrstand my heart / That’s the hardest part / Of bein’ alone / That’s why I stay stoned,” he sings in the chorus.
Throughout the somber track, it’s as if McCollum’s vocals are scratching at the door begging for someone to hear his cries and give him a chance. As a result, he turns to self-medication to cope with all the emotions weighing him down.
In September, McCollum first revealed the title “Stoned” along with his previously-released “Handle On You,” which also find the country star battling with his inner demons to find peace in his life.
“The record is done being written,” he revealed. “I think I’m done writing for the record as of this last weekend, but I don’t think anything will even be remotely close to coming out till probably late quarter one next year, maybe. I feel like that’s early and pushing it, but I’d like to see that happen.”
His most recent contribution to radio, “Handle On You,” is an especially clear example of the sadness he experienced at a time when he and his wife, Hallie Ray Light, were not on the best of terms. Co-written with Monty Criswell, this song depicts the story of someone who’s lost all form of hope and thus, turns to the bottle to try and gain some control.
He recently wrapped up his time on the road in support of Thomas Rhett’s Bring The Bar To You Tour and next year, Parker McCollum will serve as a special guest on Morgan Wallen’s One Night At A Time World Tour along with HARDY, Ernest and Bailey Zimmerman.
“Thank you to Morgan for this opportunity. He could have picked anybody for these shows. Grateful to get to do it. See y’all in 2023,” he wrote on Instagram.
In addition, the Texas native has a slew of 2023 tour dates that are stacked with an impressive group of rising County artists including Corey Kent, Catie Offerman, Larry Fleet, Jackson Dean, Flatland Cavalry, and Texas staple, the Randy Rogers Band.
Co-produced by Live Nation and Emporium Presents, his tour will feature a setlist with some of McCollum’s biggest hits including No. 1 songs, “To Be Loved By You” and “Pretty Heart,” plus current chart climbing single “Handle On You.”
Before he picks up speed with these upcoming touring dates, Parker McCollum has a few more performances left to finish off the year. He is next slated to play on Sunday (Dec. 4) in Lubbock, TX.