Big Loud Records’ heavy-hitter HARDY has released his much-anticipated debut album A ROCK (stream/download here). Baring his Mississippi roots on 12 signature tracks, the 2X ACM nominee and multi-platinum songwriter breaks the mould, marrying rock and grunge sonics with loud, boisterous Country originals, brilliantly showcasing the clever and elastic songwriting that “immerses his listeners in the style, emotion and grit of his hometown” (American Songwriter).
“I am overwhelmed with excitement to share the next chapter of myself as an artist with my fans,” HARDY shares. “I truly believe there is a song for everyone on this record and I can’t wait to see what it does for me and my career. I’m so thankful to be able to make music for a living and I’m giving you guys my heart and soul with this record. Thank you.”
Diving deep into the real life moments that shape us, HARDY ranges from sensitive and in love on “Boyfriend,” “a sharply written song about taking things to the next level” (The New York Times), to hauntingly reminiscent on “Give Heaven Some Hell,” “a powerful song about saying goodbye to a loved one gone too soon” (ABC News Radio), to in-your-face honest and optimistic on current Top 15 single “One Beer” feat. Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson, “a hook-filled little slice of life coming at you fast” (Rolling Stone). Continuing to praise the album Rolling Stone emphasises “HARDY’s gift: synthesising biography with imagination to create real storytelling.”
On Wednesday, September 9th, HARDY will celebrate A ROCK two ways. Making his Late Show with Stephen Colbert debut as part of their #PlayAtHome series, he’ll perform brand-new track “Ain’t A Bad Day.” HARDY will then take the stage for a souped-up livestream show backed by his electric full band for the HARDY Album Release Virtual Concert, where he’ll play the entire project top to bottom and might even include some special guests. SiriusXM will re-air the audio from the livestream as a nationwide US radio special later this month.
Adding to the excitement of release day, the official music video for title track “A Rock” is available now. Directed by Justin Clough and Benjamin Skipworth and shot in one fluid take in a rural home in Watertown, TN, the clip is a three-minute snapshot of a life well lived, zeroing in on how fast life twists and turns while capturing the milestone moments that “a rock” can make: an engagement ring, a tombstone and even the place we all call home.
‘A Rock’ is out now – listen here