WATCH: Jelly Roll And ERNEST Unite For Surprise Duet

The moment took place in Tampa, Florida.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 7, 2023


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Jelly Roll, ERNEST; Photo via Facebook

Jelly Roll and ERNEST joined forces for a surprise duet in Tampa, Florida on the One Night At A Time World Tour.

On Saturday evening (May 6), the two Nashville natives teamed up to perform “Son Of A Sinner,” a tune that ERNEST co-wrote with Jelly Roll alongside Davis Ray Stevens, at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Throughout their collaborative performance, the longtime friends traded verses before joining together on the chorus.

“I’m just a long-haired son of a sinner / Searching for new ways I can get gone / I’m a pedal to the highway / If you ever wonder why we write these songs,” Jelly Roll and ERNEST sang on the tune’s chorus.

Watch Jelly Roll and ERNEST’s “Son Of A Sinner” performance below.



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Following the performance, ERNEST took to social media to graciously thank Jelly Roll for joining him.

“Tampa Bay was one for the books. Thank u to my brother @jellyroll615 for pulling up on me,” ERNEST wrote on Instagram. ”And forever thankful to @morganwallen for lettin me and the fellas get up there go! Florida, I’ll be back.”

The pair previously joined forces to perform the tune during Jelly Roll’s record-breaking Nashville concert in Bridgestone Arena in December of 2022. They also performed the song together in 2021 at The Ryman Auditorium.

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On May 27, Jelly Roll and ERNEST will add a check to their bucket lists together when they both open for Willie Nelson during a one-night-only concert at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Michigan.

Jelly Roll is slated to host the upcoming Opry NextStage Live on May 10 in Texas, which will feature a performance from ERNEST. The Opry NextStage Live concert will also include Ashley Cooke, Jackson Dean, Chapel Hart, Corey Kent, Kameron Marlowe, Megan Moroney and Ian Munsick.

Meanwhile, ERNEST is currently in the midst of serving as support for Morgan Wallen on his sold-out One Night At A Time World Tour. The singer/songwriter will remain on tour with Wallen until the extensive 63-date trek wraps up on October 7 in Tacoma, WA at the Tacoma Dome.

This Fire Tour

This fall, ERNEST will take to the road on his 15-date fall headlining trek, This Fire Tour. The trek kicks off in Oxford, Ohio on October 18 and runs through November 28, where the trek will wrap up in Nashville, Tennessee.

ERNEST’s This Fire Tour features special guests Jake Worthington, John Morgan, and Cody Lohden on select dates.

New Album

Jelly Roll is gearing up to release his first-ever full-length country project, WHITSITT CHAPEL, which will arrive on June 2 via BMG/Stoney Creek Records.

The project, named after the church the Antioch native grew up attending, will feature 13 tracks, including his current single, “NEED A FAVOR,” and the previously released track, “SHE.”

“This album is about growth and gratitude happening in my life. I wanted to create a project that felt hopeful. I believe the worst feeling a person can have is feeling hopeless or worthless. This is therapeutic music. Real music for real people with real problems,” Jelly Roll shared in a statement.

WHITSITT CHAPEL will also include three collaborations. Brantley Gilbert and Struggle Jennings join Jelly Roll on “Behind Bars” and Yelawolf is featured on “Unlive,” while Lainey Wilson teamed up with the 38-year-old hitmaker to recreate his fan-favorite tune, “Save Me.”

Jelly Roll; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Jelly Roll; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

2023 Tour

Later this summer, Jelly Roll will embark on his massive headlining trek, dubbed the Backroad Baptism Tour.

Hosted by Josh Adam Meyers, the trek kicks off on Friday, July 28 at Bank Plus Amphitheater in Southhaven, Mississippi. The Backroad Baptism will run through Saturday, October 14, where the trek will wrap up in Tampa, Florida at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre.

“The Backroad Baptism Tour is a big one for me, y’all! I’m bringing my friends out on the road this summer, and I can’t wait to see every one of you mutherf***ers at a show,” Jelly Roll shared.

Ashley McBryde, Caitlynne Curtis, Chase Rice, Elle King, Merkules, Struggle Jennings, Three 6 Mafia, Yelawolf will serve as support on select dates of the tour.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.