Lainey Wilson’s got the perfect, and I mean perfect bell-bottom jeans disco country voice. This is very niche and maybe it only applies to those from small towns, but I think if you listen to her album you’ll picture exactly that. She’s taken off in the last several months and we were so excited to talk to her and see what she’s been up to, her inspiration and why she can’t wait to perform in front of a crowd again.
Lainey! We’re so stoked to talk to you. Can you tell me the inspiration behind your infectious single “Things A Man Ought To Know?”
Lainey: "Things A Man Oughta Know" was inspired by the characteristics my family taught me to strive for - not only in myself but also in the people I surround myself with. This song stands firm on what I believe. I believe in treating people with kindness and having good character. It’s not about whether you can change a tire or turn a wrench. It’s about having the discernment to do the right thing. And that right there is something we all oughta know.
What are some of the things you’re most looking forward to this year?
Lainey: I am looking forward to getting back out in front of people! There’s nothing like face-to-face interaction with the folks who have helped me build a career and make a living. I can’t wait to pour my heart out on stage and do what I was born to do.
Where do you draw inspiration from when creating music?
Lainey: I draw inspiration from my hometown of three hundred folks, from conversations with strangers, from stories I hear through the grapevine, and from living life. My songwriting brain is always turned on. It’s not something I can just turn off and I like it that way. I feel like I get to see a lot of different points of views when writing a song. Finding the inspiration to create music is the easy part because I find it everywhere. Bringing a song to life is the hard part but one of the most rewarding feelings in the world.
Tell me about your musical journey? It could not happen to someone more deserving.
Lainey: Thank you so much. Very kind of you to say. I’ll be honest - this journey has not been easy. But I feel like if you really want something in life, you don’t take “no” for an answer. There’s been ups and downs for sure. But all of it has created and molded me into the human and artist I’m supposed to be. Without trials, I wouldn’t have a whole lot to talk and write about. So I just keep my head down and give it my all.
What’s your favorite song you’ve written so far?
Lainey: My favorite song I’ve written is an unreleased song I wrote about my sister called “Two Story House.” We are 19 months apart in age. We grew up sharing the same clothes, were taught all the same lessons, shared the same room.. but grew up to have two completely different stories. She is an accountant and I make music. That should explain enough. Haha.
And what about the song you’re most proud of?
Lainey: I’m probably the most proud of "Things A Man Oughta Know" because of something that happened recently. My Deddy is a farmer and works all the time, so when I was little and wanted to spend time with him, I’d go ride the tractor with him and we’d always listen to the country countdown on the radio. A few weeks ago, he called me and told me he was on the tractor and heard my song come on the countdown. That was a big moment for me - to have my Deddy doing what he loved and hear me doing what I love…that’s a moment I’ll never forget.
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