Almost immediately, folks were raising hell about a verse that mentions the (now historic) song “Old Town Road”.
“Then the girl from the small town took off the “Old Town” / Put on a little Hank Jr. / (Thank God)”
In an interview, Hardy said that “Hell Right” was written in May. He and his fellow co-writers were paying homage to Hank Williams Jr. with that verse and that’s it.
Meanwhile, when Blake Shelton was quizzed over the verse, he said that he and Trace “[were] absolutely not throwing any kind of shade at Lil Nas X at all.” He also said “this literally has nothing to do with anything at all except how much the song is played. It could have been “Achy Breaky Heart“ or any other (over-played) song.”
Blake Shelton then apparently took the whole thing a step further and reached out to Billy Ray Cyrus. A spokesperson for Shelton told Variety that Shelton and Cyrus have spoken “and [Cyrus] thought it was funny.”
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