Morgan Wallen Arrested in Nashville at Kid Rock’s Bar
They always say to watch out for a hillbilly with a hit record, and the week that the mustachioed and mulleted Morgan Wallen minted a #1 at country radio with the R&B-infused and derivative “Chasin’ You,” he was arrested by Nashville’s finest outside of Kid Rock’s “Big Ass Honky Tonk and Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse.” That’s the one on Lower Broadway with a woman’s rear end on the sign if you need a reference point.
According to Nashville police, the 27-year-old from Sneedville, Tennessee was arrested at roughly 11:00 p.m. Saturday night (5-23) for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He was thrown out of the Kid Rock bar after reportedly kicking glass items, and police witnessed Wallen continuing to be verbally abusive to passers by, refusing to leave the area with his friends after numerous requests.
Officers say the Wallen has a strong odor of alcohol, and was deemed a danger to himself and the public. Feeling there was a reasonable likelihood his offensive behavior would continue, he was arrested. His bond was set at $500, which was paid and he was released. He will face a court date for the two misdemeanor charges in July.
On Sunday afternoon (5-24), Morgan Wallen addressed the situation in a statement, saying, “Hey y’all just wanted to clear the air. I went out downtown last night with a few old friends. After a couple bar stops, we were horse-playing with each other. We didn’t mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected … Thank you to the local authorities for being so professional and doing their job with class. Love y’all.”
Morgan Wallen made a splash in mainstream country when he released his debut single “Up Down” featuring Florida Georgia Line that eventually reached #1. At the time, Wallen shared the same producer as the duo in Joey Moi. Wallen landed his second #1 with “Whiskey Glasses” in June of 2019. Now with three #1 songs, he’s one of the mainstream’s fastest-rising stars. Morgan has also received notoriety and acclaim for regularly covering Jason Isbell’s song “Cover Me Up.”
May 24, 2020 @ 6:45 pm
They say not to judge a book by its cover but in this case I think you’d make a correct judgement
May 24, 2020 @ 6:46 pm
I don’t care if you’re drunk, it’s a douche move to verbally abuse people who are passing by.
May 24, 2020 @ 7:15 pm
People are going to trash him here in the comments, and while this is certainly inexcusable behavior, I’m sure the same indie artists that y’all would jump to defend have all done similar things. Moral of the story is to not let yourself get out of control while drinking when you’re out in public. Everybody makes mistakes, let’s hope he moves on and makes better decisions in the future. Just my 2 cents on this…
May 24, 2020 @ 7:21 pm
Few if anyone was defending Justin Townes Earle when he tore up a green room in Indianapolis and got arrested. Nobody looked the other way when Evan Felker’s drunkenness resulted in multiple last minute cancellations. All of these things and more were reported here as well. This isn’t a story worth dwelling on. But it was one worth reporting.
May 24, 2020 @ 8:56 pm
Agreed. Definitely worth reporting on. Was never questioning that. My apologies if that’s what it came across as
May 24, 2020 @ 10:28 pm
No worries. Just wanted to address that concern which has been levied by some on social media.
May 25, 2020 @ 6:47 am
Disagree. There were plenty of people making excuses for Felker.
May 25, 2020 @ 9:16 am
Someone just put too much Whiskey in His Water
May 25, 2020 @ 10:24 am
Some might have been making excuses. But nobody was “looking the other way,” when it came to Evan Felker, which is what I said. When I posted about Sam Hunt getting arrested for drunk driving, for example, certain people said I would never post an article about an independent artist that was unflattering, and I was only making a big deal about it because it was Sam Hunt. But that’s just not true. The Evan Felker saga is probably the best example.
Cool Lester Smooth
May 25, 2020 @ 4:18 pm
Hell – Felker was pretty well-established as an asshole for a couple years before the news about the drinking began.
And I’m a TT diehard.
May 24, 2020 @ 7:26 pm
I saw Grady Smith’s interview with him and he seemed really cool even though I’m really not a fan of the music. Broadway is the last place on earth I’d go to get drunk.
May 25, 2020 @ 3:48 pm
At $6 for a domestic beer, you’d be spending at least $40 to get truly drunk. I understand that they have to pay the performers at each of these bars, but it’s basically a rip-off because of tourists. So, for that reason alone, Broadway is the last place I’d get drunk.
I’m too poor to get drunk on Broadway — which should be a country song.
May 25, 2020 @ 8:18 pm
The ignorance here is shared equally by all so can we leave it that ….prolly not… so enlighten me ….any of you rock throwers personally witness any of this shit???? Then shut the hell up and reflect quietly .. Or become more offensive than the accused and write about it or post it and be dishonest about why you did. Stop quoting hate ..Quote love post love … World needs it!! Hillbillies need it we all do
May 25, 2020 @ 9:15 pm
You’re obviously high or drunk. I have no idea what you are saying.
May 26, 2020 @ 9:42 am
The bars don’t pay the performers.
The bar patrons pay the performers in the form of tips.
It’s been that way since the 60s.
Bar owners are making out like bandits in alcohol sales down there.
May 26, 2020 @ 11:39 am
Thanks for the clarification on that. That makes the pricing even more ridiculous.
May 27, 2020 @ 11:34 am
Truth be told, they are making $$$ selling overpriced booze to Bachelorette party groups who walk in and out of every honky tonk on Broadway all hours of the day or night. They are most annoying , speaking as a music fan, because they could care less who or what are playing onstage. The drill is they walk in and all order one drink, giggle, dance awkwardly and pose for cell phone pics and then out the door to the next one. Rinse and repeat l down the block. And yes the honky tonks make money on it in barrells and buckets. And don’t even try to get in to Tootsies, waste of time.
May 26, 2020 @ 12:38 pm
Pat Reedy’s “Nashville Tennessee at 3am”:
“Everyone’s an outlaw, til the cocaine wears off. Only thing that’s cheap in these bars is the talk.”
May 24, 2020 @ 7:28 pm
Ehhhh he got drunk and angry. Happens to the beat of us. For a pop country stat he doesn’t bother me. Hope he learns from this.
May 24, 2020 @ 8:11 pm
One thing I will say is he is at least better than a lot of the “country” singers these days. He’s practically George Jones when you compare him to Dan & Shay, Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, or Kane Brown.
May 24, 2020 @ 8:25 pm
I’m sorry… but debut single featuring an established act just smacks of manufactured horseshit.
I hope this poser Trips and lands on a cactus
May 24, 2020 @ 8:53 pm
Your comments could not be anymore annoying. Same shit repeatedly.
May 24, 2020 @ 8:27 pm
Wait a minute…………bars are open in Nashville so that bad boy outlaw Morgan “Mull It Over” Wallen can go wreak havoc? THAT should be the story!!! I’ve been on my couch since March 15 and this chode is out partying and can’t behave himself??? One more question……..am I missing something, why is his album selling so much?
May 25, 2020 @ 10:29 am
Morgan Wallen is massive. He’s probably a Top 5 artist in mainstream country music at the moment. He has the #1 on radio. The Facebook comments section exploded so much with people asking “who?” or “Who is she?” or “Why is Saving Country Music covering this?” it went super viral on Facebook from all the engagement of people saying they didn’t know who he is. Morgan Wallen is a massive star and is probably bigger than Florida Georgia Line at the moment. Those who don’t know Morgan Wallen will be finding out soon enough because he’ll be coming to every grocery store Muzak rotation soon enough.
May 22, 2022 @ 2:57 pm
Why are you on your couch, fruitcake?
May 24, 2020 @ 10:22 pm
As apologies go, his was pretty non-apologetic. What is it with guys who can never admit it when they screwed up?
May 25, 2020 @ 3:51 am
It’s kind of bizarre that he literally posted a screenshot of twitter on his Instagram story for his apology on there. I don’t get why all of these teenage girls are so into him…I really don’t think he’s that special by any means.
May 25, 2020 @ 5:26 am
Idiots get drunk and make fools of themselves all the time. Who cares?
May 25, 2020 @ 6:24 am
I guess mainstream Country music finally has an artist who looks as stupid as his fans. I suppose that is a step forward…
strait country 81
May 25, 2020 @ 7:00 am
Maybe he is Wallen in self pity over this today
May 25, 2020 @ 7:48 am
He covers “Cover Me Up”? 🤔
May 25, 2020 @ 12:01 pm
He does, and I’ll give credit where credit is due it’s not a bad cover and way better than when Zac Brown did it. Isbell signed off on it as well.
Cool Lester Smooth
May 25, 2020 @ 8:15 am
Honestly…I’m judging him far more for WHERE he got arrested than why and how.
Haven’t been to Nashville yet…but when I do make it, I expect to spend exactly zero time within three blocks of Kid Rock’s restaurant (I assume it’s near a Hard Rock Cafe).
This is a straight up “Out of towner at a bachelor party” move.
May 25, 2020 @ 8:43 am
New single out tomorrow: Too Drunk to party with Kid Rock by Morgan Wallen.
June 1, 2020 @ 6:44 am
I finally visited Nashville for the first time last year. My main impression of the main strip was a that there seemed to be a direct correlation between the size of the bar and the suckiness of the artist it was named after – the Kid Rock multi-story monstrosity being the finial proof.
May 22, 2022 @ 2:59 pm
I’m sure Lester will be found at The Man Hole drinking champagne cocktails.
May 25, 2020 @ 8:45 am
Bars are open in Nashville?
Cool Lester Smooth
May 25, 2020 @ 9:57 am
Not shocked – they’re open in ATL, and Lee is nearly as dumb as Kemp.
May 25, 2020 @ 10:16 am
I live in GA. Bars are not open.
Cool Lester Smooth
May 25, 2020 @ 10:27 am
If your name was “Hornet Fan,” I might disregard the fact that my buddy called me drunk from a bar in Midtown last weekend, haha.
(To be clear – resolutely pro-Dawgs myself. Grew up in an ACC town before Emory).
May 25, 2020 @ 11:06 am
Nah, Cool. He was probably at a pub that serves food. Those are open. Bars, nightclubs and such remain closed. Go Dawgs!
Cool Lester Smooth
May 25, 2020 @ 10:30 am
In fairness, he may have been at a pub that serves food.
May 25, 2020 @ 11:01 am
The only spot in Nashville more lame than kid rock’s place is owned by that tool Luke Bryan.
Cool Lester Smooth
May 25, 2020 @ 4:21 pm
Man, “Pubs that serve food” being fair play means that he could have been at Maggie’s in Toco Hills, haha – I think he was in Midtown near RiRa, though.
May 25, 2020 @ 5:23 pm
Who cares, dipshit got drunk, didn’t take his chance to walk away, got locked up. SIMPLE. Do stupid stuff, win handcuffs. $62.50 PD charge, WHO CARES?
May 25, 2020 @ 5:35 pm
One of my favorite movie scenes ever.
May 25, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
What’s even dumber is that he was out in a bar. Nashville is a busy city… Social distancing should be in full effect there…
May 25, 2020 @ 8:39 pm
People are over the lockdown and social distancing. And if Nashville bars are reopened, then he kinda has the right to go.
May 26, 2020 @ 11:35 am
Still a stupid thing to do… Listen to Fauci
May 25, 2020 @ 8:44 pm
Not an apologist for Wallen certainly. But really, these types of stories and the way they are both presented and received depends on who the person is more so than what they have done.
There will be some who would immediately hop on the trash-Wallen bandwagon while enshrining Keith Whitley, and we know what killed Keith Whitley. Not trying to start something. Just trying to give another way of looking at things.
Again, it’s not the comparison of artists and their abilities, or lack thereof, that I am pointing out. But let’s face it, George Jones, Keith Whitley, Johnny Cash, and dare I say ole’ Hank himself, etc. are considered differently than Sam Hunt for their actions. And no, I do not like Hunt in any way, shape, or form. And I adore the other artists. And yes, these historic artists’ problems are well-documented. But let’s be honest, you do perceive them differently don’t you?
It’s not the footlights that get kicked that is the issue. It is who is kicking them.
May 26, 2020 @ 8:19 am
“Feeling there was a reasonable likelihood his offensive behavior would continue, Wallen was barred from all recording studios and live performances.”
Trig, if only you’d finished the sentence that way, lol!
May 26, 2020 @ 3:11 pm
Is the cross earring suppose to tell me he is a Christian? Such pandering. And if he really understood Jason Isbell he wouldn’t have started his career with- and God forgive me for mentioning them in the same sentence- Florida Georgia Line. And having a number just tells me he is a dubious singer at best.
Atomic Zombie Redneck
May 27, 2020 @ 11:24 am
I’m all for getting hammered and having a good time, but damaging bar property and harassing other patrons is very uncool.
May 27, 2020 @ 11:36 pm
Doesn’t anyone find it ironic one of his most popular songs is titled “This Bar”. “This Bar” talks about getting to drunk and getting the boot from a bouncer at the local watering hole. Just seems ironic to me, just saying.
June 25, 2022 @ 10:44 am
I don’t care if you’re drunk, it’s a douche move to verbally abuse people who are passing by. https://google.com
August 8, 2022 @ 7:04 am
I think Wallen,who briefly became a pariah after spewing the “N” word to one of his boys,underwent alcohol rehab to save what should be an excellent career should he take care of himself.