HARDY kicked off the week with three new songs on Monday (October 10), revealing that the tracks are part of his upcoming country-rock album The Mockingbird & The Crow.
The award-winning singer-songwriter shared a clip on his social media channels, filmed at 11 p.m. one night in June in Ohio. As he snacked on a bag of Sweet Chili Doritos, HARDY spoke about how the title track represents the full project. It’s set to release on January 20, 2023.
HARDY’s album announcement comes shortly after he and his crew were involved in an accident on the tour bus. He shared in a statement on his social media channels on Sunday (October 2) that his tour bus got into an accident after he left a show in Bristol, Tennessee. “Following last night’s show, our tour bus was in an accident on our way home from Bristol,” HARDY said at the time, in part. “There were just four of us, including myself, on the bus, however we were all treated for significant injuries. Our friend, and bus drive needs your prayers as he is still in the hospital. His family is with him while he is being treated and we’re all pulling and praying for him.”
HARDY gave a heartfelt update days later, on October 4, sharing that he and two of his team members — Tanner and Noah — are OK, though he asked for additional prayers for his bus driver, Ricky: “So, if you guys could please pray for him, that would be greatly appreciated. …He really needs it. He got a good report tonight, but he needs all the love and all the prayers that he can get.”
Though his and his team’s continued recovery gave him pause, HARDY explained on Sunday night (October 9) that everyone was determined to move forward:
“What’s up guys? HARDY here. Feeling a lot better. Feeling much better. Still a little big banged up, but man, definitely on the upswing. And everybody in the accident is also on the upswing. Thank you for all of your prayers. It’s been a rough few days, but everybody’s doing great. I’ve been talking, I’ve been going back and forth on, you know — I have a lot of big announcements I want to make, things I want to post and things I want to announce, and I was kind of wondering if I should push some of that to down the road, but I’ve talked to everybody and everybody’s like, ‘man, let’s keep the train rolling.’ So, I would love to officially announce that tonight… I’ve got three brand new songs that are dropping. Songs that you guys have never heard before. Nobody has ever heard these songs. (I’m releasing) a song called ‘Here Lies Country Music,’ a song called ‘Truck Bed,’ and a song called ‘The Mockingbird & The Crow.’ And I can’t wait. I can’t wait for y’all to hear ‘em. I can’t wait to see what you guys think about the different songs.”
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