Hardy and Lainey Wilson are leading the charge in country music right now, and since touring together on Hardy's the Mockingbird and the Crow Tour, they've also become really good friends.

It's tradition in the genre that — after a tour wraps, as Hardy's just did — the headliner will thank their openers with nice gifts.

In this case, Hardy's "opener," 2023's CMA Entertainer of the Year, Wilson, had a gift to give him in return, as a thank you for the opportunity.

The moment she gave him his present was filmed, and Wilson shared it with fans via TikTok with the caption "@HARDY we will talk about this tour the rest of our lives, loved burning up the road with you, friend."

We see the "Wait in the Truck" singer realizing she's giving him a custom guitar with a mockingbird and a crow etched into the top, as well as his name.

"Oh my God, dude," Hardy says as Wilson explains the reason behind her gift.

 

"Probably about 8 months ago, you texted me and said, you said something about, like we played a radio show together, and you were like, 'What's the name of that guitar'?" she recalls Hardy asking.

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Hardy lights up and is so excited because it is that guitar, only customized for him. He immediately starts strumming on it with joy.

"We're gonna put her up at Blackberry Farm for a few days," he tells the group, revealing his gift for Wilson. "End of an era, dude. No more 'Wait in te Truck' s--t, no more touring together."

The two country superstars then share a hug.

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Wilson and many other country artists will be hitting the road on new tours in 2024.

Evan Paul is the host of Taste of Country Nights, a syndicated radio show heard on more than 120 country radio stations nationwide, every night from 7PM to midnight. He plays the best new country music and interviews today's top stars, like Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Dan + Shay, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Lady A, Morgan Wallen, + more! 

2023 CMA Awards Performance Pictures

Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson and Kelsea Ballerini are among the country stars performing at the 2023 CMA Awards. See the best pictures from the show.

The 2023 CMA Awards aired live on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 8. Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning hosted the show for a second straight year. Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Lainey Wilson and Morgan Wallen were nominated in the Entertainer of the Year category.

Gallery Credit: Billy Dukes

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Gallery Credit: Billy Dukes

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The 2023 CMA Awards aired live on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 8. Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning hosted the show for a second straight year. Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Lainey Wilson and Morgan Wallen were nominated in the Entertainer of the Year category.

Gallery Credit: Billy Dukes

 

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