ERNEST and Morgan Wallen Turn to Roses in ‘Flower Shops’ Duet

Epic arguments call for epic I'm sorrys.

Written by Chris Parton
ERNEST and Morgan Wallen Turn to Roses in ‘Flower Shops’ Duet
ERNEST and Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of Sweet Talk Publicity

Hit songwriter and emerging country artist ERNEST taps into timeless tear-in-your-beer heartbreak with the track, “Flower Shops” — but he’s not alone in his misery. The rising talent is sharing rock bottom with superstar Morgan Wallen.

Co-written by ERNEST with Ben Burgess and Mark Holman, the low-and-slow ballad stems from a simple seed of an idea, but grows into a clever, throwback duet. A classic done-her-wrong apology anthem, it starts with a pair of guys in dire romantic straights after some particularly bad fights with their significant others, lamenting how they’ve let things go too far with a woozy melodic twang and raspy vocals. But epic arguments call for epic I’m sorrys, and that’s why bad days for love are actually good ones for the local florist.

“So buddy, I’ll take your roses / If you cut off the thorns, she can’t take no more / I’ll buy violets and daisies to hide all the crazy / It’s gonna take all you got / It’s a tough day for love / But a good day for flower shops,” goes the chorus.

Meanwhile, the friends and frequent songwriting collaborators bring the track to life in a new music video, delivering a suitably sorrowful performance near a flower-covered classic car

“’Flower Shops’ is a song that isn’t over-written or over-complicated,“ ERNEST says. “It’s a sad song with a wink; an honest song about messing up a good thing and running out of sorrys. I wrote it with Ben Burgess and Mark Holman after being on a George Jones/sad Country song kick. I didn’t have a hard time going there because I know damn well what it’s like to run out of apologies, and though flowers aren’t ever going to fix it, it’s just about all you can do sometimes. It’s one of my favorite songs, if not my favorite song, I’ve written to date. The response on social media and from fans has been incredible, especially for being an unreleased song up until now. I’m excited for it to be out in the world and even more excited to have one of my best friends, Morgan, hop on it and sing it with me. I am a big believer in Country music remaining honest, regardless of sonics. And this is as honest as it can get.”

ERNEST and Wallen have previously teamed up as co-writers on hits like Wallen’s “Somebody’s Problem” and “Wasted On You,” and the Nashville native has released solo work like “Cheers,” “American Rust” and his 2019 album, Locals Only.

As 2022 gets underway he’ll make his Grand Ole Opry debut on January 8, and then hit the road for Chris Lane’s Fill Them Boots Tour starting January 13 at House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. Plus, ERNEST will also headline a two-night hometown stand at Exit/In on March 21 – 22, with tickets on sale this Friday (January 7).