Lainey Wilson Talks ‘Yellowstone,’ The CMT Music Awards, And Her Country Music Career

It’s time for the only fan-voted awards show in country music – the 2022 CMT Music Awards. With a full lineup of performances and appearances, country life caught up Lainey Wilson about his latest accomplishments, including two well-deserved ACM awards, performing on the hit show Yellowstone, how she’s preparing for the 2022 CMT Music Awards and what she’s got up her sleeve (or should we say the bell bottoms) for fans going forward.

Dive headfirst into the CMT Music Awards

Lainey Wilson at the 2022 ACM Awards.

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Lainey has been going to the CMT Music Awards every year since she was just 14, so you can bet the moment she learned she was not only performing but also nominated for two awards, it was like a dream. “Country music is my life. Growing up, I didn’t even know country music was a genre. I just thought it was a way of life,” she explained. “I was listening to 90s country day in and day out. It’s what my family and I…well, we eat, sleep and breathe.”

With a new ACM award under her belt, the “Things a Man Oughta Know” singer is nominated for Video of the Year as well as CMT Digital Debut of the Year at the CMT Music Awards. Combine that with performing “Never Say Never” with Cole Swindell for the first time live, and you have one hell of a night ahead of the rising star.

BTS work on Yellowstone

You know here at country life we are big fans of Yellowstone so it was only natural to ask Lainey what it was like to be asked to perform for the season 4 finale. It all came together when the show asked to use Lainey’s music in season 2 “It’s such a great opportunity to reach people who maybe don’t listen to the radio or stream music and they’re introduced to my music,” Lainey said. Between the authenticity of his music and the show’s country music landscape, it was a match made in heaven in Montana.

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Although she grew up far from the mountains of Montana, the opportunity was obvious to her. “Yellowstone it really goes hand in hand with the way I was raised. Besides all the horrible parts, this is a show about doing what’s right. It’s about fighting for what you want and fighting for your family and that’s what I grew up knowing.”

Of course, we had to ask her which character she most identified with! To our surprise, she admitted that, like Beth, she can get a little crazy. “It’s a change for me. I’m all nice and all that, but if you’re mean to my friends, that’s where I cross that line. You know when Beth walked into that shop and started doing ham? I can definitely see myself doing it if someone made fun of my friends.”

A hint of Dolly and a whole lot of “bell bottom country”

One look at Lainey’s Instagram and you can automatically tell she’s marching to the beat of her own drum. Between the bangs, the vibrant colors and the signature bell bottoms, we couldn’t help but wonder where she got her inspiration from (although we had a few ideas!).

“When I dress for the day, I really try to channel Dolly into the 70s. I think she did a great job of creating, creating something and leaning as much as she could. Janis Joplin Like you said Stevie Nicks I like to combine it all I like to call it the land of the bottom of the bell It’s about finding whatever makes you unique and leaning into it as much as you possible.

Lainey even posted this birthday tribute to Dolly Parton with the caption “I want to be like you when I grow up.”

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Fans immediately left encouraging messages like “You’re on the right track ❤️” and “After my wife and I saw you this summer in Anchorage, Alaska, I told her you would be the next Dolly. You have the timeless voice and amazing songs everyone loves.”

From a town of about 300 people to a tour of the United States

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“Everyone has a little bell-bottomed country in them.”

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Laney left his small town in Louisiana and moved to Nashville to pursue his career in country music. She’ll be the first to admit that those early years of living in an RV were some of the hardest of her life. Fast forward to 2022 and the singer is forging her way through the industry, so we were curious what advice she would give her younger self.

“It’ll be okay. It’ll take you a little longer than a lot of people to get there, but it’ll be worth it. Roll up your sleeves and do what you gotta do.”

Needless to say, we were mesmerized by Lainey’s brave flair and fans have a lot to look forward to. After spending time writing during the pandemic, the “Rolling Stone” singer has penned over 300 songs and has so many stories left to tell. With new music and tour dates on the way, Lainey’s proof that “everybody’s got a little country bell-bottomed about them.”

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