One of country music's most beloved newcomers, a one ERNEST, celebrated a trio of lifelong dreams fulfilled at Boston, MA's Fenway Park on Wednesday night (Aug. 16).
Opening up the first of three nights at the famed baseball stadium on Morgan Wallen's electric One Night At A Time Tour, the Nashville native sauntered into center stage, kicking off with his slow rolling barn burner, 'This Fire.'
After strutting around and working the charm on some lucky members of the pit as he sang through the breezy and twangy 'Wild Wild West,' as well as the tradition-steeped 'Tennessee Queen,' ERNEST explained how he had already achieved two of his childhood dreams.
"Growing up playing baseball and writing songs, I'm getting to live two dreams at once today," he noted. "I'm sitting here technically playing in Fenway Park – that's one of my childhood dreams – and I'm singing some country songs to some country fans, which is another childhood dream!"
Making mention of his Music City upbringing, ERNEST shared that he and country-rap trailblazer Jelly Roll, who's also from Nashville, have a long history together. The pair came together a couple years back to write Jelly Roll's first country chart-topper, 'Son of a Sinner,' which ERNEST tried his hand at singing in front of the Boston crowd. Called into action, the packed baseball field proudly carried the tune alongside ERNEST, singing along to every word.
The third dream granted came shortly after as ERNEST decided to bring out his precious son, Ryman, which he had teased on Twitter earlier that afternoon.
The father-son duo took a moment out of their high energy set to sing one of Ryman's favorite songs, 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,' as he made his "big stage" debut. As the crowd roared in celebration of the young boy's performance, ERNEST thanked them for letting him fulfill that last dream of the night.
Returning back to business as usual and cruising through a few more of his original tunes, the time had come for ERNEST to bid the crowd ado, but not before playing his biggest hit: 'Flower Shops.'
"Thank y'all so much for being here. We've got a night full of country music and I'm out on the road with some of my best friends. I'm living the life, y'all, so thank you." Before breaking out into his last song, he shared, "I probably wouldn't be here tonight without this song. It's damn country music, and this song is called 'Flower Shops.'"
Though not getting the Wallen treatment as in the original version, the crowd made up for the lack of a duet partner as they screamed along to the woeful sounds of heartbreak with the biggest smiles on their faces.
Before leaving the stage, ERNEST threw out his signature dozen roses to the crowd. Though the same activity resulted in him taking a bit of a tumble off the stage a few weeks back in St. Louis, MO, it went off without a hitch in Boston.
Three dreams checked off the list and plenty more to go, ERNEST's performance couldn't have exuded more class and talent if he tried.
With a perfect bundle of eight tunes and one cute-as-can-be cover with his son, the audience with utterly smitten with the Tennessee boy who undoubtedly has a long and successful road ahead of him.
ERNEST - Setlist
Taken from his set at Fenway Park in Boston, MA on Wednesday, August 16th 2023:
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