Country Star Hardy Takes a Pause
Country star Hardy recently made a heartfelt announcement on social media, revealing that he is canceling or postponing his next three concerts. The reason behind this decision, he explained, is “serious anxiety” and debilitating panic attacks that have “landed me in the hospital.” Hardy shared that these conditions have had a profound impact on his life over the last two weeks and are a result of delayed trauma from a bus accident that occurred a year ago.
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The Battle with Anxiety
In a candid message to his fans, Hardy opened up about his struggle, stating, “I need to be honest with everyone for a second. I’ve been dealing with some serious anxiety since the bus accident last year, and over the last two weeks, it has taken control of my life. It has caused me to suffer many panic attacks which have landed me in the hospital. I need a moment to focus on me and to make myself better for my wife, family, and you, the fans.” Despite the challenges he is facing, Hardy expressed his determination to return to the stage, saying, “My plan is to be back and focused on Oct. 12. Thank you for understanding, see you soon.”
As a result of Hardy’s health struggles, two of his upcoming shows have been canceled. These include a planned show in Simpsonville, SC, scheduled for Thursday, and another in Brandon, MS, set for Saturday. Additionally, a third show that was originally slated for the Georgia Rodeo on Friday has been postponed and rescheduled for April 12, 2024.
Anniversary of the Bus Accident
Hardy’s announcement comes just days after the one-year anniversary of a harrowing bus overturning incident that took place on I-40 near Nashville. At the time, Hardy and three others were on board and all sustained “significant injuries.” Although he had been ordered by doctors to undergo several weeks of recovery after being released from the hospital, the emotional toll of the accident has continued to affect him.
Support from Big Loud
Hardy’s record label, Big Loud, has chosen not to provide any additional comments beyond what the artist shared on social media. They are clearly supporting his decision to prioritize his mental health and well-being.
Future Tour Plans
Despite these challenges, Hardy’s “The Mockingbird & the Crow” tour still has two more months to go after his planned return, with the tour running through Dec. 9. While he has not announced any tour plans for next year, fans can look forward to seeing him as one of the top-billed acts at California’s Stagecoach Festival next April, where he will share the bill with his collaborator and frequent tourmate, Morgan Wallen.
Award Nominations and Success
Hardy’s recent success extends beyond the country music world. He received four nominations for the CMA Awards, which will take place in Nashville on Nov. 8. His song “Wait in the Truck,” a duet with Lainey Wilson, is up for single of the year, song of the year, musical event of the year, and music video of the year. These nominations follow the seven he received for the ACM Awards in the spring.
In April, Hardy achieved a significant milestone when his crossover song “Jack” reached No. 1 in the rock format, demonstrating his versatility and appeal across different music genres.