Written by George Jones, it was released in 1970 and then re-released as a duet with Alan Jackson in 1994. If you’ve never heard it, stop what you’re doing right now, stop reading this article, and go listen to it. You’ll thank me later.
Anyways, listening to that song got Ernest thinking about flower shops, tearjerkers, and old school country. He sat down with Ben Burgess and Mark Holman (both whom have written a number of Morgan Wallen songs) and “Flower Shop” was born.
Reminiscent of those classic country heartbreakers, it’s the kind of song that country radio is desperately, desperately missing.
Remember when you could flip on the radio and hear a sad song? Some silky smooth steel guitar, maybe a little fiddle. Songwriting that makes you want to drop a few tears into your beer… you’d just pull into the driveway and sit there in your feels, the car still running so you could finish the song. Someone would come out and wonder what the hell you were doing sitting in the driveway… I miss those days.
Only question now… who is gonna sing it?
Well, it looks like Morgan Wallen answered that question last night during a surprise appearance in Nashville.
“Y’all cool if I sing you a new song that I’m gonna do with my buddy Ernest?
Well, y’all probably know this already but I love singing sad songs. 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 gonna sing tonight. This is a new one, I don’t know if y’all heard this or not, but me and Ernest are gonna sing it together… it’s called ‘Flower Shop.’”
Take a listen:
I dig it.
As long as they nail the production and keep it as old school as possible (STEEL GUITAR), I think it has the potential to be a pretty damn good song… at least as far as mainstream country goes.
If you want to hear the full story behind the song, Ernest explains the genesis of the new tune on his podcast Just Being Ernest, with guest Jelly Roll.
Ah, the hell with it, while we’re on the topic, I’ll put “A Good Year For The Roses” right here:
Alan and George… doesn’t get much better than that.