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Wallen slates debut for late April

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Morgan Wallen will release his debut album "If I Know Me," on April 27 on Big Loud Records.

Wallen, 24, co-wrote six songs for the 14-song album, produced by CMA and ACM Award winner Joey Moi. Wallen infuses the music with whiskey-soaked vocals and a Southern rock edge. The first single is "Up Down," featuring Florida Georgia Line.

The track listing is:
1. "Up Down" (Feat. Florida Georgia Line) (Brad Clawson, CJ Solar, Michael Hardy)
2. "Happy Hour" (Corey Crowder, Michael Hardy, Craig Wiseman)
3. "Had Me By Halftime" (Michael Hardy, James McNair, Josh Miller, Daniel Ross, Morgan Wallen)
4. "Whiskey Glasses" (Ben Burgess, Kevin Kadish)
5. "Whatcha Know 'Bout That" (Michael Hardy, Cameron Montgomery, Craig Wiseman, Josh Leo, Jim Photoglo, Wendy Waldman)
6. "Redneck Love Song" (David Garcia, Michael Hardy, Hillary Lindsey, Josh Miller)
7. "Little Rain" (Matt Dragstrem, Chase McGill, Ben Hayslip)
8. "If I Know Me" (Michael Hardy, Ernest Keith Smith, Ryan Vojtesak, Morgan Wallen)
9. "Chasin' You" (Jamie Moore, Morgan Wallen, Craig Wiseman)
10. "The Way I Talk" (Jessi Alexander, Ben Hayslip, Chase McGill)
11. "If I Ever Get You Back" (Dallas Davidson, Matt Dragstrem, Ben Hayslip)
12. "Gone Girl" (Jessi Alexander, Cameron Montgomery, Deric Ruttan, Morgan Wallen, Michael Hardy)
13. "Not Good At Not" (Brett Tyler, Morgan Wallen, Craig Wiseman)
14. "Talkin' Tennessee" (Jeff Hyde, Morgan Wallen, Craig Wiseman)

Wallen will make his Stagecoach Festival debut before continuing his headlining Up Down Tour. He then joins Luke Bryan's What Makes You Country Tour on May 31 in Toronto.

Wallen has co-penned songs for A Thousand Horses ("Preachin' to the Choir"), Dustin Lynch ("Party Song" from "Current Mood") and Kane Brown ("Rockstars" from Brown's self-titled debut full length), as well as Jason Aldean's Top 5 "You Make It Easy." Wallen's five-song EP "The Way I Talk" came out in 2016.

Born in Sneedville, Tenn., Wallen attended the same high school as Kenny Chesney. With a hard rock-loving preacher for a father and a mother who into country and contemporary Christian music, Wallen began performing for his local congregation at three.

Wallen makes his debut on the Jimmy Kimmel Show on April 26.

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If I Know Me CD review - If I Know Me
"Like a lot of people my age, I didn't necessarily grow up listening to country music...I grew up living it." It's a little unsettling thought from the 24-year old Morgan Wallen. You wouldn't want to hear from your doctor that they substituted book learning for feel. But music may well be different, and Wallen does have some legitimate country cred - he hails not far from the Tennessee Cumberland Gap and went to Kenny Chesney's high school (What an alumni party that would be!). »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lane, Ramsey, Barrett cover their bases – Covers played a far more prominent role than usual at a country show. And instead of what is typically the least course of resistance in recent years of country artists succumbing to their renditions of a rock hit, Chris Lane, Mason Ramsey and Gabby Barrett played songs that actually were country hits. Interestingly, the youngest of the bunch, Ramsey,... »»»
Concert Review: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part – Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
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