It’s the end of an era for two artists that will forever be tied together.
The final show of Morgan Wallen‘s 2023 One Night At A Time tour happened last night in Houston, Texas, but more importantly than that, it was the last time that Hardy was booked to open for Morgan after many years of the two touring almost exclusively together.
Both of their careers wouldn’t be the same without the other. Hardy got his start by writing some of Morgan’s biggest hits, like “More Than My Hometown,” “Sand In My Boots,” and “This Bar,” along with a number of big hits for other artists. When he became an artist in his own right, Morgan immediately took him on the road and had him open pretty much all of his shows for the first few years, and Hardy has continued to open for Morgan many times in the past couple of years even as his own career has exploded.
Given how intertwined their careers have been, it had to be an emotional night. Of course, it certainly won’t be the last time we see the two of them on stage or in the studio, but it’s been pretty much a guarantee that you’re going to hear Hardy if you happen to score Morgan Wallen tickets. And now you’ll have to buy them separately to see them live as Hardy’s turned into a headliner in his own right.
To commemorate the moment and show his appreciation, Hardy took to social media to thank Morgan for all he’d done for him over the past 5 years:
“5 years of touring with Morgan Wallen came to an end last night.
There’s so much I can say about how much it’s done for me and my career, but at the end of the day, it all ends in “thank you”. So, thank you.
I love you like a brother and these have been the most epic 5 years of my life. And I hate the word epic. But damn it’s true. So proud of ya and everything you accomplished.”
5 years of touring with @MorganWallen came to an end last night. There’s so much I can say about how much it’s done for me and my career, but at the end of the day, it all ends in “thank you”. So, thank you. I love you like a brother and these have been the most epic 5 years of… pic.twitter.com/2KR8Hcngyh
We can sit here and debate just how country most of their songs are, but they are undoubtedly some of the most popular artists in the genre right now and have brought a whole new energy to the country music mainstream that hasn’t been felt in quite a long time.
Hats off to these two for what they’ve been able to accomplish. Here’s to hoping for more actually country music from the two of them in the near future.