HARDY reveals “Rednecker” started out as a “Dr. Seuss poem” on a Rocky Mountain High

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HARDY not only happens to have co-written Blake Shelton's current number-one song, "God's Country," he also has his own top-thirty hit with "Rednecker."

Ironically, the tune typically associated with the South came to life in the Rocky Mountains.

"We were on a writers' retreat," HARDY recalls. "A bunch of guys went to Colorado [for a] ski trip. And Andy Albert, who's a songwriter and a buddy of mine, and Jordan Schmidt, the three of us were sitting in the corner."

"And we were laughing about something," he continues. "And Andy said, 'Well, I'm rednecker than you.' And we all kind of looked at each other and we were like, 'Oh dude, we have to go write that right now.'"

"And so we did. We went upstairs and we wrote it, wrote it with no music."

HARDY says once they added the melody, "Rednecker" really changed.

"We wrote it like a Dr. Seuss poem, almost," he tells ABC Radio. "And it was like, it was funny."

"But then we came back to town and Jordan Schmidt built the track," he explains. "And it took on this, like, tough persona. And we were like, 'We have something. This is really cool.'"

HARDY's already building quite a collection of number ones, with Morgan Wallen's "Up Down" and Florida Georgia Line's "Simple" already to his credit.

This week, HARDY continues on the Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour with both Morgan and FGL, as well as Dan + Shay. Thursday, they play Holmdel, New Jersey, before heading to Mansfield, Massachusetts and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Friday and Saturday.

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