With over 51 million streams, praise from Billboard and NPR plus early UK airplay support at BBC Radio 2 and Radio 4, Lainey Wilson is perfectly positioned to become the next breaking talent from the Nashville scene. A songwriter with an old soul but a new perspective, her blend of country tradition and rootsy rock is delivered with attitude and a powerhouse of a vocal that echoes Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks.

Those strengths stand proud throughout her upcoming album ‘Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’’, which will be released on April 16th via BMG / Broken Row Records.

We got a chance to ask Lainey some questions, here’s what she had to say.

Who were your musical influences growing up?

“I became enamored with music as a pretty young kid when my family and I would go to watch bluegrass gospel bands. All the kids would be running around playing, but I was glued to the show. Growing up, I listened to mostly country with a little rock here and there – Garth Brooks, Tim Mcgraw, Bob Seger, Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, etc.”

What has been your best gig?

“My debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Valentine’s Day 2020. I’d been waiting my whole life to stand in that circle”.

Can you tell us a bit about your new single?

“I’m from a small farming community in northeast Louisiana, so I know a thing or two about blue collared folks. “Dirty Looks” is really just about a girl who takes pride in a hard-working man. There ain’t nothin’ sexier than a hard worker”.

Can you describe your music in 3 words?

“Bell, Bottom, Country”

What makes your music stand out?

“Sonically, I think my music is a fresh take on your traditional, familiar country sound. Lyrically, I try to come up with a clever way to say whatever it is I want to say and I try to talk about the vulnerable yet empowering side of relatable topics”.

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

“My record Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ comes out on February 19th and we’ll be doing a lot of fun things around that release. As of now, I’ve got a few shows in April, but touring really starts to pick up at the end of May and I’ve got a pretty full tour schedule around the US throughout the summer. This is a hard question to answer right now. However, the year plays out, I know I’m going to find ways to continue connecting with fans, and hopefully that will be able to happen in person sooner than later. I’ve been writing a lot since everything shut down, so I’ll have more music on the way in 2021 too. But in the meantime, turn up my new record and enjoy (:”

If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?

“Being kind”

Do you have any gig’s coming up?

“Right now, I’ve got a few shows in April and May, but touring really kicks off in June. I know you’ve heard it from just about every artist in the past 12 months, but I CANNOT WAIT to get back out on the road with my band and see my people. It will be a glorious day.”

By Siân Parker