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Laine Hardy, 2019 'American Idol' winner,  performs at the Laine Hardy Homecoming Bash in September 2019 in Denham Springs. The Livingston singer's new song, 'Tiny Town,' was released last week.

With a mild case of COVID-19 behind him, Louisiana singer Laine Hardy is back at the music, dropping new single "Tiny Town" last week.

The 2019 "American Idol" winner will also relaunch the virtual tour he originated this spring with online shows Thursdays, July 23 and Aug. 6. For ticket info, visit lainehardymusic.com

“What a crazy summer. I am lucky to be feeling better and want everyone to stay safe and healthy out there. It is more important now than ever for younger people to step up,” country artist Hardy said in an email. “Thanks for all the well wishes from my own hometown community and beyond. I’m grateful to still be able to get music out over the summer and hope you guys enjoy ‘Tiny Town.’”

Both a studio version and a stripped-down acoustic track for "Tiny Town," Hardy's ode to small-town living, are available at https://smarturl.it/LHTinyTown. Michael Tyler wrote the song, which was produced by Michael Knox, who's also worked with country stars Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett.

To hear Hardy's "Tiny Town," click here.

Again, Hardy's singing about what he knows, small-town living in his native Livingston, population 2,000.

"9 to 5 and Friday nights wearing Main Street Down

Yeah just living, living in a tiny town

Hardwood floors and liquor stores letters burning out

What I wouldn't give right about now

One of these days I’ll roll on out

home to my tiny town," he sings.

Last month, Hardy solicited photos from fans of the landmarks and signs in their own tiny towns for use in his new acoustic music video accompanying the song. That video is set to go live on Friday. 

Email Judy Bergeron at jbergeron@theadvocate.com.