Hixtape Vol 2 // Various Artists // Album Review

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For every week now since September US Country Star HARDY has been releasing tracks from this collaboration album that includes a list of 33 artists including some of the biggest names in the game.

Following up from the 2019 release of HIXTAPE: Vol 1, HARDY has combined 14 further tracks, with him appearing on six of those tracks, but the others allowing other artists a platform to have some fun with other artists and then share the results.

With HARDY himself boasting Platinum #1, Gold singles and over 1 billion on demand streams, anyone could forgive him if the decision had been made for a more self focussed release, but to clearly fun and exposure for new combinations is higher on the priority list whilst also providing some stunning exposure for the genre.

Its only fair to list the special contributors so here they all are –  Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Randy Houser, Marty Stuart, Midland, Morgan Wallen, Lee Brice, Jake Owen, Ronnie Dunn, Scotty McCreery, The Cadillac Three, Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, Rhett Akins, Travis Denning, Sean Stemaly, Larry Fleet, Lainey Wilson, Jon Pardi, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Jimmie Allen, Jake Worthington, Granger Smith, ERNEST, David Lee Murphy, Colt Ford, Chris Lane, Ashland Craft, Brantley Gilbert, Ben Burgess, and Chase Rice.

This broad selection allows for the range of Country styles to be experienced and enjoyed as we even venture in to the more Southern Rock as we enjoy ‘Beer With My Buddies’ (feat HARDY, Josh Thompson & Travis Denning) and then the appearance of The Cadillac Three and Brothers Osborne continues that smooth drawl Rock feel.

Sometimes with collaboration albums they suffer from a lack of flow, but there is no such thing here on this HIXTAPE as the fun and huge tracks continue to flow in glorious fashion, he kind that will please all fans of things Country.

The are few Country style albums that don’t venture into the realms of heartbreak but here we have uplifting toe tapping tracks from start to finish and you cant help but feel uplifted by every single song as the energy flows through your speakers and energises you but is far healthier than sugar and caffeine laden energy drinks.

I can’t recommend this album enough to fans of Country and Southern Rock, in fact to music fans in general. This is the sound of top quality musicians having a lot of fun and welcoming us to enjoy that fun them. Thank you HARDY and thank you to all  the collaborators.

Ed Ford

 

HIXTAPE: Vol 2 will be released Friday 10th December 2021 via Big Loud.

 

 

Tracklist

  1. Hometown Boys (feat. Matt Stell, Dierks Bentley & HARDY)
  2. WD-40 4WD (feat. Sean Stemaly, Jimmie Allen & Justin Moore)
  3. In Love With My Problems (feat. Larry Fleet & Jon Pardi)
  4. To Hank (feat. HARDY, Brantley Gilbert & Colt Ford)
  5. Small Town On It (feat. Chris Lane & Scotty McCreeery)
  6. Break Your Own Damn Heart (feat. Midland & Marty Stuart)
  7. Drink Up (feat. Lee Brice, Randy Houser & HARDY)
  8. Jonesin’ (feat. Ronnie Dunn, Jake Owen & Jake Worthington)
  9. Red Dirt Clouds (feat. David Lee Murphy, Ben Burgess & Ernest)
  10. Beer With My Buddies (feat HARDY, Josh Thompson & Travis Denning)
  11. One Of Y’all (feat. HARDY, Rhett Akins & The Cadillac Three)
  12. I Smoke Weed (feat. Ashland Craft & Brothers Osborne)
  13. Beer Song (feat. Lainey Wilson, Chase Rice & Granger Smith)
  14. Goin’ Nowhere (feat. HARDY, Morgan Wallen & Chris Shiflett)

Online

https://hixtape.com/

https://www.facebook.com/hixtapemusic

https://twitter.com/hixtape

https://www.instagram.com/hixtapemusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrBFUYrLqYF5QB0XpI7Ukqw

https://hardyofficial.com/

 

 

ABOUT HIXTAPE:
The ultimate mixtape of backroads bangers and party-friendly Country anthems, HIXTAPE: Vol. 2 makes room for 33 guests and 14 songs, with each track featuring a unique pairing of two or more singers. HARDY appears on six tracks, with Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Randy Houser, Marty Stuart, Midland, Morgan Wallen, Lee Brice, Jake Owen, Ronnie Dunn, Scotty McCreery, The Cadillac Three, Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett, Rhett Akins, Travis Denning, Sean Stemaly, Larry Fleet, Lainey Wilson, Jon Pardi, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Jimmie Allen, Jake Worthington, Granger Smith, ERNEST, David Lee Murphy, Colt Ford, Chris Lane, Ashland Craft, Brantley Gilbert, Ben Burgess, and Chase Rice rounding out the extensive guest list. Produced by Joey Moi, HIXTAPE: Vol. 2 is an album created by a community, for a community, filled with southern storytelling and Country-Rock grit. HIXTAPE: Vol. 2 follows great critical success of Vol. 1 released in 2019 with the likes of Billboard calling the project “infectious” and The New York Times claiming the track “He Went To Jared” as “rapscallion-like, and shaggy at the edges — their singing is lighthearted and unsentimental.”
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ABOUT HARDY:
Big Loud Records’ booming upstart HARDY is rattling Country music as “Nashville’s most clever new redneck songwriter,” according to Rolling Stone. Breaking new ground with “one of the most self-assured full-length debut albums in years,” per Billboard, his acclaimed debut, A ROCK, features PLATINUM #1 “ONE BEER” and current chart-rising GOLD single “GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL.” With over 1 BILLION on-demand streams to his credit, the LP is a part of HARDY’s fast-growing catalogue that includes first-of-its-kind countrified mixtapes HIXTAPE: Vol. 1 (2019) and the now-unfolding Vol. 2 (2021), alongside career-launching EPs THIS OLE BOY and WHERE TO FIND ME. He’s also featured on Dierks Bentley’s latest buzzed-about single, “Beers On Me,” with BRELAND. The pride of Philadelphia, MS, HARDY’s stacking accolades as a 2021 CMA Awards New Artist of the Year nominee; recognised as one of CRS’ 2021 New Faces of Country Music; a CMA Triple Play award recipient; and a Vevo DSCVR artist. In addition, the 2020 AIMP Songwriter of the Year has co-penned NINE #1 singles since 2018, including Blake Shelton’s 4X PLATINUM smash hit “God’s Country.” Direct support for Morgan Wallen beginning this February, HARDY has supported Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Chris Lane, Thomas Rhett, and more, plus appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
https://hardyofficial.com

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