Ernest added a heaping dose of steel into a lot of the songs on his new record that’s out today, Flower Shops (The Album).
You probably recognize his name from his recent collaboration with his friend and frequent co-writer, Morgan Wallen, on their steel-soaked country heartbreaker, “Flower Shops”.
He’s pretty well-known in songwriting circles around Nashville, and even helped pen Morgan’s current single from his ACM Album of the Year, Dangerous: The Double Album, “Wasted On You”.
But today, Ernest released his second studio album, and if you like steel guitar, you might like quite a few songs on this tracklist.
I’ve only listened to it a couple times through, but the easy standout to me on the very first listen is a slow little love song called “Tennessee Queen.” The production is simple, the lyrics are solid, and I think people might be pleasantly surprised with some of the music he’s delivered here.
In a post on Twitter, he noted that he senses a shift in country music and a real thirst for more honesty in songs. Because of that, revealing all parts of the human experience, good and bad, was a goal of his on this album: