Morgan Wallen made a surprise appearance at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Friday evening (Oct. 14) during Jason Aldean’s headlining Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour stop in Music City.
Aldean welcomed his friend and fellow country superstar to the stage as the crowd erupted into cheers and applause.
“Yeah, I think they kind of like you, Morgan,” Aldean said as Wallen took the stage.
“So what you think, man? You wanna do a little song? One of your songs? Whatcha think? What do you guys think,” Aldean asked.
Without missing a beat, Wallen shouted, “What’s going on, Nashville?”
The pair then joined together for a performance of Wallen’s 2018 chart-topper, “Whiskey Glasses.” Backed by Aldean’s band, the artists made their way around the stage as they belted out the lyrics to the boozy anthem.
They also performed “You Make It Easy,” a tune Wallen co-wrote alongside Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley and Jordan Schmidt. Aldean recorded the song for his 2018 album, Rearview Town.
“I didn’t really know much about Morgan at the time,” Aldean recently told Music Mayham, recalling the story of recording “You Make It Easy.” “I knew he was kind of kicking around town, and he was a new artist. He had a little EP that had come out at the time, but he hadn’t really hit yet. He was still kind of an unknown artist, and they pitched me, ‘You Make it Easy.’”
Aldean ended up taking the song all the way to the top of the charts and finally had the chance to meet Wallen at the No.1 party.
The pair formed a friendship over the next few years and Aldean decided to take Wallen on the road with him for his We Back Tour in early 2020.
“That’s where I really got to know him well,” he said.
This is not the first time Aldean and Wallen have performed on the Bridgestone Arena stage together. In 2021, the pair joined Luke Bryan to perform “She’s Country” and earlier this year, Aldean surprised at one of Morgan Wallen’s headlining Bridgestone Arena concerts where they joined together to perform Aldean’s “Hicktown.”
Miranda Lambert also joined Aldean for a performance of their duet, “Drowns The Whiskey,” a duet between Lambert and Aldean that was co-written by Josh Thompson, Brandon Kinney, and Jeff Middleton. The tune, which was released in May of 2018, appears as the second single on Aldean’s eighth album, Rearview Town.
Aldean welcomed Lambert to the stage by praising her as an “ass kicker.”
“So, Miranda and I go back a long way. I’ve always said if I was going to be a chick in Country music, I’d want to be her, you know what I mean? She’s an ass kicker,” Aldean said. “We got a song that you guys made a big hit for us and we were talking backstage we’ve only done this song live one time at an awards show. So, we haven’t rehearsed this or anything so we all going to see how it goes together.”
“Hey Nashville,” Lambert said, before adding, “good luck to us!”
The pair of country superstars then performed the chart-topping duet together for the near capacity crowd in the home of the Nashville Predators.
“Whiskey’s supposed to drown the memory / I’ve gone from one to one too many / And the thing that really gets me / Is how your memory drowns the whiskey,” Aldean and Lambert sing on the tune’s chorus.
The performance marked the second live showcase of the tune. Aldean and Lambert first performed the song at the 2018 CMA Awards.
Jason Aldean kicked off his 34-city Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour on July 15 in Scranton, PA.
The trek currently runs through October 29, 2022, where the trek will wrap up in Wichita, Kansas at INTRUST Bank Arena, and features support from Gabby Barrett, Dee Jay Silver, John Morgan, Chase Rice, Tracy Lawrence and Travis Tritt on select dates. Tickets for the trek are still available HERE.
Produced by Live Nation, the tour takes its namesake from the 2022 CRS Humanitarian Award recipient’s song, “Rock And Roll Cowboy,” which is a track from his tenth studio album, Macon, Georgia, which arrived on April 22.
See the remaining Rock N’ Roll Cowboy Tour dates below.
10/15/2022 Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at The BJCC
10/27/2022 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
10/28/2022 Columbia, MO – Mizzou Arena
10/29/2022 Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena