A champagne toast is in order for platinum-selling performer Chris Young and multi-faceted entertainer Mitchell Tenpenny. The country hitmakers have officially brought (Aug. 22) their ear-grabbing duet "At The End of A Bar" to the top of the Billboard and Country radio charts.
The dynamic duo penned the up-tempo track alongside frequent collaborator Chris DeStefano. The group of creatives cultivated the hopeful-driven narrative in 2021 at a Nashville bar during a blizzard. Although half the city was shut down to harsh weather conditions, the driven singer-songwriters got down to work.
"It's a true testament to never skip a day of work because you never know what you might write," Young said about the winter wonderland day. "It's also a hell of a lot of fun to sing, and Mitchell Tenpenny and I had entirely too much fun stacking vocals on this, so we had to make it a duet."
The single that lives on Young's critically acclaimed album "Famous Friends" is more than a drinking song. It's a melody that embodies what a sticky saloon can offer. While intertwining their vocals, the country crooners rattle off scenarios that could happen "At The End of A Bar."
"There's a million things that you can find | Bartender conversation or a pair of blue eyes, yeah| Your true love or next broken heart | Maybe a party crowd on a Friday night | Long necks, long lines and neon signs, hell | Sometimes that's where it all starts | At the end of a bar," the two belt placing their infectious pipes on full display. "You can hear a cover band | Playing 90's songs | Become a brand new man | To time marches on | Time marches on."
Upon release, Young and Tenpenny brought the explosive collaboration to the 2022 ACM Awards – where they showcased the witty lyrics and their crowd-pleasing stage presence at the Allegiant Stadium in Sin City. "At The End Of a Bar" marks Young's 13th career No.1 single as an artist and his 11th as a seasoned songwriter. The smash hit follows his multi-week No.1 tribute track, "Famous Friends."
Young took to social media early Monday (Aug. 22) morning to celebrate the career milestone. The snapshot features Young and Tenpenny side-by-side, holding up a finger to represent No.1 on the prestigious charts.
"Thanks to ALL OF YOU, 'At The End Of A Bar' is officially my 13th NUMBER 1! Pretty crazy to think that 'Gettin' You Home' was my first number 1 in 2009, and I can't believe my career has grown so much since then! Thanks for writing and singing this one with me @m10penny! (And you too @Chrisdestefano)."
The toe-tapper serves as Tenpenny's 2nd chart-topping single as a vocalist and songsmith. Following the news, the fast-rising star spoke out about his relationship with Young and why the collaboration holds a special place in his heart.
"I'm just so excited to have a number one with this song. It's a special song and a great story about how it was written. Even cooler to have it with some of my best buddies," shares Tenpenny in a statement. "Chris has become one of my best friends, so to get to celebrate this together is special in itself. And I can't express enough how amazing Chris DeStefano is. His talent and his energy in the room is unmatched. We've written some of my favorite songs together and I'm just honored to share a #1 with these incredible men," he added.
On the heels of the breakthrough moment, Tenpenny announced his heading This Is The Heavy Tour. The "Truth About You" singer will kick-start the first run of shows in January 2023 to perform songs off his highly anticipated record, slated to drop on Sept. 16. As Tenpenny hits legendary venues like the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville newcomer Tyler Braden will serve as direct support.
"I'm so excited to begin 2023 with my own tour and have the opportunity to see the fans in these cities," shared Tenpenny. "And having TWO Nashville shows in the routing is just icing on the cake!"
To celebrate tickets going on sale this Friday (Aug. 26), the country mainstay will release a new single titled "Good and Gone." For tickets and more details, go to mitchell10penny.com.
This Is The Heavy Tour
January 26 Salt Lake City, UT
January 28 Los Angeles, CA
February 3 Nashville, TN
February 4 Nashville, TN
February 10 Columbus, OH
February 11 Royal Oak, MI
February 16 Baltimore, MD
February 18 Chattanooga, TN
February 24 Columbia, SC
February 25 Athens, GA
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