By Maxim Mower
When Morgan emerged onto the hallowed Ryman stage, the iconic venue erupted into a sea of cheers and screams, with the duo's chemistry radiating throughout the joint performance.
Attendees were excited to see Morgan Wallen staying for two songs, with the ‘Last Night’ hitmaker and Ernest beginning with an electrifying rendition of their 2023 collaboration, ‘Cowgirls’.
The uptempo, beat-driven anthem appeared on Morgan's record-breaking album, One Thing At A Time, which was recently unveiled as the most-streamed album of the year in Spotify Wrapped 2023, as well as being crowned the Top Billboard 200 album.
After lighting up the stage with a high-energy performance of ‘Cowgirls’, Ernest and Morgan Wallen stripped things back for a spellbinding, intricate version of their much-loved 2021 duet, ‘Flower Shops’, which was included on Ernest's album of the same name.
The traditional-leaning, steel-drenched ballad finds Ern and Morgan crooning despondently as it dawns on them that their alcohol-soaked actions might have extinguished the flame of their relationship. They subsequently attempt to earn forgiveness with a little help from a fresh bouquet of roses, with the sinuous track pivoting around the quip, “It's a bad day for love / But it's a good day for flower shops”.
Ernest has spoken previously about how the titular line and the sonics of ‘Flower Shops’ were inspired by George Jones’ famous 1970 heartbreak song, ‘A Good Year For The Roses’.
Ernest's second Ryman show was made all the more special when Morgan Wallen surprised the Tennessee singer-songwriter with his first ever Double-Platinum plaque, in recognition of ’Flower Shops’ racking up the equivalent of three million units.
Morgan introduced the accolade by underlining how close him and Ernest have grown over the years, “We've been writing songs for a long time, and tonight, I'd like to be a part of presenting him his first Double-Platinum song”, with Ernest visibly moved at the honour.
It follows the spectacular first instalment of Ernest's two-night run at The Ryman Auditorium on Tuesday (November 18th), during which he brought out his ‘More Than My Hometown’ co-writer, HARDY, as well as Australian songsmith, Keith Urban.
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