Morgan Wallen offers another preview of his upcoming second album with the new song “More Than My Hometown,” released overnight on Friday. The “Whiskey Glasses” singer’s follow-up to If I Know Me is due via Big Loud Records later in 2020.
With a mix of clean guitar sounds that suggest movement, “More Than My Hometown” depicts a crossroads for two young people. He’s a small-town guy at heart and they’ve known each other forever, but she’s got dreams that can only be realized in a bigger city.
Where similar tales have devolved into an us-versus-them argument, Wallen’s character doesn’t try to shame her into staying, but he also stands his ground: “This might be the last time I get to lay you down, ’cause I can’t love you more than my hometown,” he sings, with a hint of resigned acceptance in his voice. Wallen wrote the song with Michael Hardy, Ernest Keith Smith, and Ryan Vojtesak. Joey Moi produced the recording.
“More Than My Hometown” follows “This Bar,” which Wallen surprise-released on December 31st, as new recordings from an upcoming album. Wallen’s debut spawned the hits “Whiskey Glasses,” “Up Down,” and the current Top Five “Chasin’ You.” He also had a viral moment with his reverent cover of Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up” and collaborated with electronic producer Diplo on “Heartless.”