HARDY (born Michael Wilson Hardy), 32, shared an update with fans on social media following an accident that left him and three of his crew members with “significant injuries” early Sunday morning (Oct. 2) after his tour bus overturned on Interstate 40 West, just outside of Nashville.
Later that evening, the 2022 ACM Songwriter Of The Year took to his Instagram stories to share an update with fans now that he is home and recovering from the overturned bus accident.
While HARDY has yet to share what exactly happened and the extent of the injuries he sustained, the “One Beer” singer wanted to graciously thank his friends and fans for their well-wishes and prayers.
The update he shared came in the form of a selfie with his soon-to-be wife Caleigh Ryan, who in the photo is resting her head on his arm.
“Thank you for all the texts and calls,” HARDY wrote alongside the photo in his Instagram stories. “I’m alive and that’s all that matters. I love you all.”
HARDY’s fiancé, Ryan, also shared an update on her Instagram stories via a photo of the couple holding hands.
“Thank you all so so much for all of the prayers and well wishes. I’m thanking God with all of my heart that I’m able to hold his hand right now,” she wrote, before adding, “Michael [Hardy], Tanner [Gallagher] and Noah [Brown] are ok, thank God. They suffered some injuries, but Ricky [Hudson] still very much needs everyone’s prayers. It really is a miracle that everyone is alive.”
According to several social media posts as well as HARDY himself, Ricky is a member of HARDY’s crew who is the tour bus driver.
Earlier in the day, just hours after the incident occurred, HARDY shared a statement on social media, letting his followers know that he is doing okay.
“Following last night’s show, our tour bus was in an accident on our way home from Bristol,” HARDY’s statement began. “There were just four of us, including myself, on the bus, however we were all treated for significant injuries. Our friend and bus driver needs your prayers as he is still in the hospital,” he continued. “His family is with him while he is being treated and we’re all pulling and praying for him.”
HARDY then added that he was released from the hospital after being treated for injuries.
“I’ve been released from the hospital, but ordered by doctors to recover for the next few weeks which may cost us at a couple of shows,” the statement concluded. “My team and I will keep the fans updated on that as I rest in the coming days. Please keep our road family in your prayers and I promise to keep you updated in the days to follow. God bless our medics and local and state officials for their quick response and incredible service.”
After HARDY shared his first statement on social media, artists and fans offered an outpouring of prayers for the hitmaker and his team.
Country artists such as Miranda Lambert, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Thomas Rhett, Jon Langston, Jake Owen, Raelynn, Kameron Marlowe, Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, Callista Clark, Chris Lane, and more took to the comments of the Mississippi native’s post to send prayers and wish him and his team a speedy recovery.
In addition to the country music community, several artists, songwriters and musicians from other genres are sent prayers to HARDY and his team in the comments, including Jon Devine (One Direction drummer), I Prevail’s Brian Burkheiser, ATTILA’s Chris Fronzak, Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix, Cory Marks, Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo, among many others.
The accident occurred when HARDY was returning from Country Thunder Bristol where he served as direct support for Saturday’s headliner, Morgan Wallen. Also on the bill were Lauren Alaina, Tracy Lawrence, and Ian Munsick.
The singer/songwriter’s next tour date is set for October 8 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas for the final date of Wallen’s The Dangerous Tour with additional special guests Jake Worthington and Mike Ryan. However, it remains unclear if the country star will still perform.
The 2022 ACM Songwriter Of The Year recently released “wait in the truck,” a collaboration with Lainey Wilson, which was an instant hit upon release. The tune also became the most-added song at country radio with 57 first-week stations, when it went for adds on Monday, August 29.
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.
Following the release of “wait in the truck,” HARDY shared a new rock single, “Jack.”
HARDY and his fiancée, Caleigh Ryan, are set to wed later this month. The couple got engaged in August of 2021 at the Lyric Theatre in Oxford, Mississippi.
“I’m not her boyfriend anymore,” HARDY wrote at the time alongside a photo showcasing the moment he got down on one knee to propose. The caption was inspired by lyrics from his song, “Boyfriend,” which appears on his critically acclaimed debut album, A ROCK.
Over the summer, the HARDY and Caleigh took their relationship to the next level when they moved into their first home together. The soon-to-be newlyweds documented the exciting moment on Instagram.
“AND THEY WERE ROOMMATES!!!! I feel like I’ve been living in a dream, but we’ve unpacked our very last boxes and are officially living in our first home together!!,” Caleigh wrote alongside a series of photos of the couple posed on their new front porch. “We are both just so over the moon about all of the crazy amazing things we have going on in our lives right now. Feeling extra extra blessed. I can’t wait to share this new chapter with y’all.”
Later this year, HARDY will embark on his headlining Wall To Wall Tour, which kicks off on December 1 with back-to-back, sold-out shows at Georgia Theater in Athens, Georgia. The Wall To Wall Tour features support from Jackson Dean and “Blurry” hitmakers Puddle Of Mudd on select dates.
For a full list of HARDY’s upcoming tour dates visit his official website HERE.