Watch Morgan Wallen and Riley Green Sing ‘I Wish Grandpas Never Died’ at Whiskey Jam

Morgan Wallen made a surprise appearance at Whiskey Jam in Nashville on Monday evening (Aug. 9) and shared a memorable…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 10, 2021


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Morgan Wallen made a surprise appearance at Whiskey Jam in Nashville on Monday evening (Aug. 9) and shared a memorable duet with his friend and fellow country superstar, Riley Green. 

The singer/songwriters shared the stage for an acoustic duet of Green’s hit single, “I Wish Grandpas Never Died.” Seated on stools, the pair strummed their guitars as Green took lead on the verses. Wallen joined him on the emotional chorus singing,  “I wish even cars had truck beds / Every road was named Copperhead/ And coolers never run out of cold Bud Light / I wish high school home teams never lost / And backroad-drinking kids never got caught / I wish the price of gas was low and cotton was high / I wish honky-tonks didn’t have no closing time / And I wish grandpas never died.” 

Thousands of fans sang along from the crowd as Green and Wallen continued to belt out the touching lyrics. 

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Prior to joining Green for the impromptu duet, Wallen debuted a brand new track for the Whiskey Jam crowd. 

“Y’all cool if I sing you a new song that I’m going to do with my buddy Ernest?” Wallen asked before sharing an acoustic performance of a song called “Flower Shop.” 

“Well, y’all kind of knew this already but I love singing sad songs,” he continued. “It don’t matter if I’m the happiest person in the world, I just love riding around listening to sad songs. That’s what I’m going to sing tonight. This is a new one. I don’t know if y’all heard this or not but me and Ernest are doing this together, it’s called ‘Flower Shop.’”

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Wallen’s surprise appearance came just days after he joined Green at a charity softball game in Jacksonville, Alabama in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Jacksonville State University Athletics. 

In late July, he surprised fans at Luke Bryan’s sold-out show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena where he took the stage to perform two of his chart-topping hits and join Bryan, Jason Aldean and Tyler Hubbard for an all-star rendition of “She’s Country.” The show was Wallen’s first arena performance since a controversial video of him using a racial slur surfaced online in February. 

Monday’s Whiskey Jam was in celebration of Losers’ birthday and also featured performances from Chris Young, Jamey Johnson, and more. 

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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.