Rising country singer/songwriter ERNEST is no stranger to hearing songs he wrote on country radio. He’s written a handful of hits, including Morgan Wallen’s “More Than My Hometown,” Florida Georgia Line’s “I Love My Country,” Sam Hunt’s “Breaking Up Was Easy in the ‘90s” and Chris Lane’s “Big, Big Plans” (just to name a few). But on Friday (Jan. 7), ERNEST experienced a new kind of excitement when he heard himself on the radio for the first time ever.
“Flower Shops,” ERNEST’s duet with his longtime friend and collaborator Wallen, officially hits country radio on January 24, however, Nashville’s WKDF has already added the song into rotation. ERNEST happened to hear the song on the radio while he was driving and was over the moon with excitement.
He documented the moment on Instagram with a video and the caption, “crazy.”
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“First time hearing myself on the radio” he shared.
In the clip, ERNEST can be heard saying “Let’s GO!” as he sings along to the track.
“Flower Shops” was released on December 31. The song was co-written by ERNEST with Ben Burgess and Mark Holman.
“Flower Shops” finds ERNEST and Wallen crooning over the potential demise of a relationship. With hopes to salvage what’s left of their love, the character in the song heads to a local florist to purchase as many flowers as possible to potentially rectify his wrongdoings and win his lady over once again.
“Mister I’ll take your roses/ If you cut off the thorns/ She can’t take no more/ I’ll buy violets and daisies/ To hide all the crazy/ It’s gonna take all you’ve got/ Awe It’s a bad day for love/ But a good day for flower shops,” they sing on the chorus.
Sonically, “Flower Shops” leans on the more traditional side of country and even features 30-time CMA Awards nominee Paul Franklin on steel guitar.
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