Backstage Surprise: HARDY And Lainey Wilson Celebrate “Wait In The Truck” Going Platinum

The pair of artists were surprised with plaques commemorating the now platinum-selling hit, “Wait in the Truck.”

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Posted on September 5, 2023

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HARDY, Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Tanner Gallagher

HARDY and Lainey Wilson received an unexpected surprise ahead of the kickoff of the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour.

While hanging backstage in Knoxville, Tennessee, the pair of artists were surprised with plaques commemorating the now platinum-selling hit, “Wait in the Truck.” To celebrate the momentous occasion, HARDY and Wilson posed with the plaques alongside key members of their teams.

The platinum status comes after the song claimed the No.1 spot at country radio this spring.

HARDY, Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Tanner Gallagher
HARDY, Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Tanner Gallagher

The superstars released  “Wait in the Truck” in August of 2022 and immediately garnered attention from fans and critics alike with its dark storyline and chilling music video.

“Wait In The Truck”

Co-written by HARDY with Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, and Renee Blair, “Wait in the Truck” tells the story of a woman who has experienced ongoing domestic abuse. The woman is ultimately saved by a stranger who takes matters into his own hands when he confronts the abusive man and shoots him to death.

With her newfound freedom, the woman ultimately feels torn between feeling relieved and guilty over her abuser’s death. 

“I don’t know if he’s an angel / Cause angels don’t do what he did / He was hell-bent to find the man behind / All the whiskey scars I hid / I never thought my day of justice / Would come from a judge under his seat / But I knew right then I’d never get hit again when he said to me / Wait in the truck / Just wait in the truck,” Wilson sings, full of emotion. 

High Profile Performances

Following the song’s release, HARDY and Wilson joined forces for several high profile performances of “Wait in the Truck,” including appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 56th Annual CMA Awards, and CMA Fest on ABC. 

“Wait In The Truck” appears on HARDY’s latest album, the mockingbird & THE CROW, which arrived on January 20, 2023 via Big Loud Records.

HARDY, Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of John Russell/CMA
HARDY, Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of John Russell/CMA

the mockingbird & THE CROW

The project features 17 songs, including three collaborations: “Wait in the Truck” with Wilson, “Red” with Morgan Wallen and “Radio Song” with A Day To Remember frontman Jeremy McKinnon.

“the mockingbird & THE CROW is, in my opinion, the best thing I’ve made so far,” HARDY previously shared in a press release. “I had a lot of time to get in the weeds making this record with some of my favorite people in Nashville, and it truly captures every part of who I am as an artist. I’m honored that I get to share it with you next year; can’t wait to hear what you think about it.”

HARDY 'the mockingbird & the CROW' Album Art
HARDY ‘the mockingbird & the CROW’ Album Art

The project is half rock and half country and was recorded between Ocean Way and Blackbird Studios in Nashville, entirely produced by Joey Moi with co-production by HARDY and Derek Wells, and co-production on select tracks by David Garcia, Jordan Schmidt, Ben Johnson, Andrew Wade, Jeremy McKinnon, and Cody Quistad. 

HARDY co-wrote every single track on the album alongside some of Nashville’s most sought after songwriters, including Ashley Gorley, Rhett Akins, Hillary Lindsey, Jessie Jo Dillon, David Garcia, Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, and more.

Lainey Wilson, HARDY; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT
Lainey Wilson, HARDY; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for CMT

Additionally, fans can catch HARDY and Lainey Wilson on the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour, which runs through December 9.

The trek kicked off with sold-out nights in Knoxville, Tennessee and Tuscaloosa, Alabama with 11,325 fans in attendance.

For a full list of HARDY’s upcoming tour dates visit his official website HERE.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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