September 29, 2023




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NASHVILLE, TENN. – Wrapping the era of music that catapulted his rise to stardom, country trendsetter ERNEST preserves his iconic FLOWER SHOPS era today with the release of the live performance audio from his acclaimed Salvage Sessions and Circle Sessions on ERNEST & The Fellas Unplugged, available now across streaming services and as a limited release double-sided vinyl.

Credited for “leading the charge toward real country music” (Saving Country Music), the abundant collection of fan favorites includes nine co-penned tracks by the 8X chart-topping songwriter and a nod to one of his favorite artists, putting a “country twang and twist” (American Songwriter) on John Mayer‘s “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room.”

From the heart-wrenching “What Have I Got To Lose” that “stands toe-to-toe with the genre’s greatest heartbreak hits of all time” (Taste of Country), to the nursey rhyme-like “Miss That Girl” that “displays his witty wordplay and ear-grabbing grit, his two undeniable gifts that transfixed the country community” (CMT), the live collection shows the breadth of ERNEST’s knack for storytelling.


  1. “This Fire (Circle Sessions)” (Ernest Keith Smith, Rocky Block, Julian Bunetta, John Ryan)
  2. “Wild Wild West (Circle Sessions)” (Ernest Keith Smith, Jacob Durrett, Rafe Tenpenny)
  3. “What Have I Got To Lose (Circle Sessions)” (Ernest Keith Smith, Brian Kelley, Dean Dillon)
  4. “Done At A Bar (Circle Sessions)” (Ernest Keith Smith, Josh Thompson)
  5. “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room (Circle Sessions)” (John Clayton Mayer)
  6. “Feet Wanna Run (Salvage Sessions)” (Ernest Keith Smith, Chris LaCorte, Brad Warren, Brett Warren)
  7. “Comfortable When I’m Crazy (Salvage Sessions)” (Ernest Keith Smith, Rodney Clawson)
  8. “Songs We Used To Sing (Salvage Sessions)” (Ernest Keith Smith, Justin Ebach, Charles Kelley)
  9. “Miss That Girl (Salvage Sessions)” (Ernest Keith Smith, Brad Clawson, Jacob Durrett)
  10. “Unhang The Moon (Salvage Sessions)” (Ernest Keith Smith, Grady Block, Brad Clawson, Jacob Durrett)

Listen to ERNEST & The Fellas Unplugged HERE.

The bundle of timeless hits gives a taste of what fans can expect on the road from ERNEST and his band, “The Fellas,” with their upcoming fall This Fire Tour. Bringing his dynamic set and a “Sound All His Own” (Pollstar) to 14 cities nationwide with support from Jake WorthingtonJohn Morgan, and Cody Lohden across, his highly anticipated second headline tour will kick off in Oxford, Ohio on Oct. 18 and conclude with back-to-back nights at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium Nov. 28 and 29.


Oct. 18 – Oxford, Ohio – Brick Street Bar *+

Oct. 19 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Intersection *+

Oct. 20 – Rosemont, Ill. – Joe’s Live *+

Oct. 21 – Indianapolis, Ind. – 8 Seconds Saloon *+

Oct. 26 – Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Signal ^+

Oct. 27 – Oxford, Miss. – The Lyric ^+

Oct. 28 – Starkville, Miss. – Rick’s Café ^+

Nov. 2 – Columbia, S.C. – The Senate ^+

Nov. 3 – Tampa, Fla. – Dallas Bull ^+

Nov. 4 – Fort Myers, Fla. – The Ranch ^+

Nov. 10 – Baton Rouge, La. – Texas Club ^+

Nov. 16 – Athens, Ga. – Georgia Theater ^+

Nov. 18 – Greenville, S.C. – Blind Horse Saloon ^+

Nov. 28 – Nashville, Tenn. – Ryman Auditorium ^+

Nov. 29 – Nashville, Tenn. – Ryman Auditorium ^+

^ with Jake Worthington

* with John Morgan

+ with Cody Lohden

Wrapping his run as direct support for Morgan Wallen’s historic One Night At A Time World Tour, ERNEST recently launched season 4 of his Just Being ERNEST podcast with episodes featuring HARDY and Parker McCollum. In the forthcoming monthly releases, ERNEST will continue chatting with friends old and new about music, life, and current events.


Nashville’s most unpredictable hitmaker ERNEST is “The Charmer” (MusicRow), a triple threat talent and one of Music City’s on the rise artist/writers who is changing the status quo. The two-time 2023 ACM Award nominee and 2022 Variety Hitmaker fuses influences ranging from Eminem to George Jones, crafting a twist-heavy verse style that’s become his signature, proving its mettle, and earning him eight #1 hits to date. The eccentric free spirit and 2X CMA Triple Play Award winner just dropped the deluxe edition of his critically acclaimed album FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM), rebranding the collection FLOWER SHOPS (THE ALBUM): Two Dozen Roses, doubling its track list with 13 fresh cuts. The March 2022-released original has been praised as one of Holler and The Tennessean‘s best albums of the year, showcasing the more classically country side of his craft. Nashville’s “busiest – and most consistently successful – creative force” (The Tennessean) wrapped his first-ever sold-out headlining Sucker For Small Towns Tour this past fall. Continuing to put on a show that proves “ERNEST creates a sound all his own” (Pollstar), he delivers dynamic performances while on the road, now as direct support on Morgan Wallen’s One Night At A Time World Tour, and on his forthcoming fall headlining This Fire Tour.



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