I don’t know if I would’ve ever put Midland and Marty Stuart together, but it works.
The two acts teamed up for the sixth track from Hardy’s Hixtape Vol. 2record on a good old fashioned honky tonkin’ song called “Break Your Own Damn Heart.”
On first listen, it’s easy to tell it was written by Midland members Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy and Mark Wystrach, as well as Hardy and Hunter Phelps, because it has that classic, silky western sound we’ve come to know and love from the Texas trio.
Along with Hardy’s clever wordplay and distinctive writing style, it describes the story of a man at a bar telling a girl who’s trying to flirt with him to “go break [her] own damn heart,” essentially (hence the title).
And as hard as that may be for him, she knows exactly what she’s doing, and he knows if he indulges her and buys her a drink, he’ll end up regretting it in the long run after recounting much of her (unsuccessful) track record with other guys who fell for the same thing:
1. “Hometown Boys” featuring Matt Stell, Dierks Bentely and Hardy
2. “WD-40 4WD” featuring Sean Stemaly, Jimmie Allen and Justin Moore
3. “In Love With My Problems” featuring Larry Fleet and Jon Pardi
4. “To Hank” featuring Hardy, Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford
5. “Small Town On It” featuring Chris Lane and Scotty McCreery
6. “Break Your Own Damn Heart” featuring Midland and Marty Stuart
7. “Drink Up” featuring Lee Brice, Randy Houser and Hardy
8. “Jonesin’” featuring Ronnie Dunn, Jake Own and Jake Worthington
9. “Red Dirt Clouds” featuring David Lee Murphy, Ben Burgess and Ernest
10. “Beer With My Buddies” featuring Hardy, Josh Thompson and Travis Denning
11. “One of Y’all” featuring Hardy, Rhett Akins and The Cadillac Three
12. “I Smoke Weed” featuring Ashland Craft and Brothers Osborne
13. “Beer Song” featuring Lainey Wilson, Chase Rice and Granger Smith
14. “Goin’ Nowhere” featuring Morgan Wallen and Chris Shiflett