Hardy Sets September 4 for Release of Debut Album, ‘A Rock’

Intriguing newcomer follows the success of "One Beer" featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson.

Written by Chris Parton
Hardy Sets September 4 for Release of Debut Album, ‘A Rock’
HARDY: Photo credit: Tanner Gallagher

“One Beer” newcomer Hardy is feeling the buzz of a hit single in the making, announcing his debut album, A Rock, as the chaser.

Set to arrive on September 4, the full-length set will give fans an in-depth view of one of country’s most intriguing new artists — an award-nominated tunesmith with a knack for irreverant turns of phrase that capture the small-town vernacular, and the loud-and-proud force behind last year’s “Rednecker.”


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A Rock seems primed to keep that party going, aptly described as a rock-flavored project with Hardy’s sandpaper drawl, and plenty of chest-thumping muscularity. Produced by a big-name team including Joey Moi, and co-producer Derek Wells, plus David Garcia Jake Mitchell, it also features co-writes with some of Music City’s most respected names, including Hardy’s frequent songwriting pals Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey — plus Hardy’s Top 25 and climbing “One Beer” (featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson).

You may not be familiar with Hardy as an artist just yet, but you’ve likely heard his tunes. The Mississippi native is one of the award-nominated pens behind tracks like Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country,” and also a writer on his buddy Morgan Wallen’s breakout tune, “Up Down” (featuring Florida Georgia Line). A Rock follows a pair of EPs and last year’s all-star packed Hixtape: Volume 1, a concept album full big-name collaborations with the likes of Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett and more.


1. “TRUCK” (Michael Hardy, Ben Johnson, Hunter Phelps)^
2. “BOYFRIEND” (Michael Hardy, Zach Abend, Andy Albert)^
3. “GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL” (Michael Hardy, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson, Hunter Phelps)^
4. “BOOTS” (Michael Hardy, David Garcia, Hillary Lindsey)^
5. “WHERE YA AT” (Michael Hardy, Jessie Jo Dillon, David Garcia)*
6. “AIN’T A BAD DAY” (Michael Hardy, Jake Mitchell, Hunter Phelps)^
7. “ONE BEER” feat. Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson (Michael Hardy, Hillary Lindsey, Jake Mitchell)^
8. “SO CLOSE” feat. Ashland Craft (Michael Hardy, Mark Holman, Hillary Lindsey)^
9. “BROKE BOY” (Michael Hardy, David Garcia, Brett Tyler)^
10. “HATE YOUR HOMETOWN” (Michael Hardy, David Garcia, Hillary Lindsey)^
11. “UNAPOLOGETICALLY COUNTRY AS HELL” (Michael Hardy, Smith Ahnquist, Nick Donley, Jake Mitchell)•
12. “A ROCK” (Michael Hardy, Smith Ahnquist, Jake Mitchell)•

^ Produced by Joey Moi and Co-Produced by Derek Wells
* Produced by Joey Moi, Derek Wells and David Garcia
• Produced by Joey Moi, Derek Wells and Jake Mitchell