He let the liquor talk

Written by: Michael Hager | Freelancer

Morgan Wallen, 30-year-old country singer and songwriter from Sneedville, Tennessee, was arrested on Sunday, April 7. He was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment as well as disorderly conduct. 

Wallen reportedly threw a chair off the rooftop of Chief’s Bar in Nashville, Tennessee. The rooftop was six stories above Broadway Street, and the chair was reported to have landed three feet from two Metro Nashville police officers, leading to Wallen’s swift arrest.

Following the arrest, Wallen’s lawyer, Worrick Robinson of Worrick Robinson Law, released a statement to “Billboard:” “At 10:53 p.m. Sunday evening, Morgan Wallen was arrested in downtown Nashville for reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. He is cooperating fully with authorities.” 

On April 19, Wallen spoke out on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, stating, “I didn’t feel right publicly checking in until I made amends with some folks. I’ve touched base with Nashville law enforcement, my family, and the good people at Chief’s. I’m not proud of my behavior, and I accept responsibility… I have the utmost respect for the officers working every day to keep us all safe. Regarding my tour, there will be no change.” 

Wallen’s ex-fiancee KT Smith, who he has joint custody of a three-year-old son with, claims the reason he threw the chair was because he found out that she married Luke Scornavacco just days after getting engaged. Smith said in a statement to the “Daily Beast,” “I cannot speak on Morgan’s behalf, but I do pray for the very best for him. Praying that this was just a slip-up and that he will return to the good path that he was on prior.”

Wallen is well known in the Country music industry and the news of his arrest shocked fans. Wallen started his career in 2014 when he competed on the sixth season of the music competition show, “The Voice.” 

He auditioned with the song “Collide” by singer and songwriter, Howie Day. Wallen joined Usher’s team but was later taken on by Adam Levine’s team after the second round and was eliminated during the playoffs. 

Wallen did not let the experience stop him, and his debut studio album, “If I Know Me,” was released on April 27, 2018, with his third single “Whiskey Glasses,” becoming his biggest success to date. The song reached the top spot on both the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. 

Wallen’s recent success has been his album “One Thing At A Time,” which was released on March 3, 2023, and his top song from the album “Last Night” took over the country charts and won several Billboard Music Awards for 2023. Wallen is currently on his One Night at a Time World Tour.

Contact the author at mhager20@wou.edu