Country Sensation Lainey Wilson Shines With ‘Wildflowers And Wild Horses’ Performance On ‘Kimmel’

“It always feels good to be back,” Wilson shared of her appearance on the late-night TV show.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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December 13, 2023

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Lainey Wilson; Photo by Disney/Randy Holmes

Country superstar Lainey Wilson brought her latest country radio single, “Wildflowers And Wild Horses,” to the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday evening. 

The warmly lit stage set the tone for the humble tune that pays homage to the CMA Entertainer of the Year’s roots back in her hometown of Baskin, Louisiana. During the goosebumps-inducing performance, Wilson donned a bone-colored, fringe jacket featuring large, feathered sleeves paired with her signature gold bell bottoms and stylish tan cowboy hat.

Her unstoppable vocals filled the studio as she poured her heart and soul into every note of the sentimental narrative, which was further elevated by the Western setting that appeared on the screen behind her. 

Watch Lainey Wilson Perform “Wildflowers and Wild Horses”

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Taking to X to celebrate the memorable performance, Wilson wrote, “I made my late night TV debut on @JimmyKimmelLive so it always feels good to be back. Thank ya for having me on to perform ‘Wildflowers and Wild Horses’ @jimmykimmel ! #KIMMEL”

Story Behind The Song

Penned by Wilson alongside Trannie Anderson and Paul Sikes, “Wildflowers And Wild Horses” marks the third Broken Bow Records’ single from her GRAMMY-nominated Bell Bottom Country album, following “Heart Like A Truck” and “Watermelon Moonshine.” The song impacted country radio on Monday, November 13 and earned 78 adds, making it the second most added song that week.

The 31-year-old made the television debut of her latest single during her milestone night at 57th Annual CMA Awards, which resulted in her winning five awards in total, including the top honor of the night – Entertainer of the Year. Through this performance, she highlighted the song’s meaning which salutes the hard work of the five generations of farmers in her Louisiana-based family.

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Disney/Randy Holmes
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Disney/Randy Holmes

“This one definitely shows that western side, it takes me back to my childhood. It takes me back to my roots,” Wilson told Country Now and other media outlets during a recent ASCAP-hosted No.1 party celebrating her hit, “Heart Like A Truck.” 

Reflects Her Musical Journey

The song cleverly depicts the parallels between farming and her own journey of having to climb her way up the ladder as a country star. Along the way, she makes note of many of the ups and downs and the strength it takes to make a name for yourself in the music business or any other business venture. 

“I’m five generations of blazing a trail / Through barbed wire valleys and overgrown dells / I’m barefoot and bareback and born tough as nails / Whoa, whoa, whoa / I’m four-fifths of reckless and one-fifth of jack / I push like a daisy through old sidewalk cracks / Yeah, my kinda crazy’s still running its courses with / Wildflowers and wild horses,” she delivers on the chorus. 

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Disney/Randy Holmes
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Disney/Randy Holmes

Fans may also recognize “Wildflowers And Wild Horses” from the Wrangler x Lainey Wilson commercial. The song is featured in the ad, which highlights the Western lifestyle and also stars the singer/songwriter. Wilson was recently named the face of Wrangler’s fall/winter collection.

Country’s Cool Again Tour 2024

Lainey Wilson is gearing up for her next headlining run dubbed the Country’s Cool Again Tour.

Beginning May 31 in Nashville, TN, the female songstress will showcase her tremendous year of growth with 35 dates across the U.S. and Canada. She will make stops in cities including New York City, Nashville, Salt Lake City, Charleston, Oklahoma City and more before wrapping things up on November 15 in Monroe, LA.

Special guests Jackson Dean, Ian Munsick, and Zach Top will join Wilson on select dates of the 2024 run. 

Click HERE for a full list of Lainey Wilson’s upcoming performances.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.