Rising Country Star Lainey Wilson On Chasing Her Dreams And Her Small Town Heart

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About Lainey Wilson

Lainey Wilson hails from Baskin, Louisiana, a town of 200 people with no stoplights and plenty of cornfields. She grew up working with her father, a fifth generation farmer, and going to church every Sunday, but by the time she got her first guitar at age 11, it was clear her calling was music. Eventually, Wilson started impersonating Hannah Montana several times a week for birthday parties and local events. In 2011, she packed up and moved to Nashville in a camper trailer, which became her home for three very challenging years. Fast forward to 2022, and she now has 6 CMA nominations, the title of CMT's Breakout Artist of the Year, and won New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist at the CMA Awards. On this episode, Lainey talks about her new album ‘Bell Bottom Country,’ her first acting gig on the hit tv show Yellowstone, and how the song “Heart Like a Truck” has taken on a whole new meaning.

What Lainey Talks About In This Episode

  • Her hardworking parents and how they have been a huge part of her life
  • Growing up on a farm in Louisiana
  • Her dad's health and how hard it has been for her family
  • Growing up in a small town
  • Her mom's chicken and dumplings; her love for crawfish and casseroles
  • Her love of the holidays
  • The church's influence in her life
  • Her role on Yellowstone
  • Her brand new album Bell Bottom Country

Quotes from Lainey Wilson On This Episode

"My dad has taught me my entire life how to pull up my bootstraps, tell it like it is with grace, and my momma, too. My momma's the kindest woman I know. also knows how to work hard and loves people and loves her family. And, yeah, I'm a Wilson through and through." - Lainey Wilson

"The church was a huge part of my growing up and our family foundation. We love Jesus. And I'm not sure where I would be right now on this journey without him. I mean, it's just a part of who I am." - Lainey Wilson

Loretta paved the way for people like me who really just want to say what's on my mind. And I think she pretty much just sang about things that people were already thinking. They were just a little too scared to say it, and she did that. And she has given people like me an opportunity to do that with my music, too. And I never got to meet her, but I feel like I know her." -Lainey Wilson

"I moved to Nashville in a Flagstaff bumper-pull camper trailer, and I was known as the 'Camper Trailer Girl.'  I didn't know where to start. I did not know who to talk to... I had some dark days but I never wanted to go home. I knew I was supposed to be there." - Lainey Wilson

"When I think of my ideal dream night, I think of sitting around a campfire with my friends, sipping on some bourbon over Sonic ice. It's just me. And it's just kind of a note to myself to always stay true to who I am." - Lainey Wilson

About Biscuits & Jam

In the South, talking about food is personal. It's a way of sharing your history, your family, your culture, and yourself. Each week Sid Evans, editor in chief of Southern Living, sits down with celebrity musicians to hear stories of how they grew up, what inspired them, and how they've been shaped by Southern culture. Sid takes us back to some of their most cherished memories and traditions, the family meals they still think about, and their favorite places to eat on the road.Download and listen to this episode of Biscuits & Jam with Lainey Wilson on Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, Amazon Music, or everywhere podcasts are available.

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