‘Country’s Cool Again’ By Lainey Wilson: Discover The Story And Meaning Behind The Song

Country is experiencing a comeback and Wilson is all for it.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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February 16, 2024

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Lainey Wilson; Photo by Erick Frost

Lainey Wilson has everyone talking about her brand-new single, “Country’s Cool Again.” Here’s a look at the story and meaning behind the song.

Country Is Making A Comeback

The genre of country music is currently experiencing a huge surge in popularity for its authentic storytelling and raw displays of emotion, and with that also comes a newfound recognition of the country lifestyle. For someone like Wilson, who was born and raised in the very small town of Baskin, Louisiana as a fifth-generation farmer’s daughter, this Western way of life has always been something special. So in honor of the recent trend, she’s taking the opportunity to celebrate the fact that “Country’s Cool Again.”

“Country’s been havin’ the comeback of a lifetime and all I gotta say is, I’m here for it. It’s always been cool in our book, but welcome to the party y’all,” Wilson wrote on Instagram upon the release of the buzzed-about track.

Lainey Wilson, Country's Cool Again; Photo by Erick Frost
Lainey Wilson, Country’s Cool Again; Photo by Erick Frost

The new song, which blends Wilson’s small-town roots with her Rock, Americana, and Country stylings arrived on February 16, 2024. This marks the first taste of new music from the CMA Entertainer of the Year since her GRAMMY winning album of 2022, Bell Bottom Country, which includes her current single, “Wildflowers and Wild Horses.”

Fans who fell in love with the humbleness of her latest project will see that the same authentic and spirited themes run free through the elevated dose of her Louisiana drawl in “Country’s Cool Again.” 

“Country’s Cool Again” opens with a string of lively instrumentals representative of a classic Western sound, from rumbling riffs to the steel guitar and stand-out banjo plucks, setting the tone for the arrival of Wilson’s prideful vocals. As she makes her way into the opening verse, the country star begins by describing her journey of stardom that began when she moved away from her home in Louisiana to further her career in Nashville, TN. She spent years living in a trailer in Music City while pouring all her focus into writing music and strengthening her skills with hopes of one day making her name known around the town. The tune starts off by reflecting on how she felt while navigating her way around a whole new city where her thick Louisiana drawl and deep roots made her stand out among her peers.

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“Country’s Cool Again” Lyrics Explained

“I was born in boots on humble ground/ These kinda roots, yeah, they sure don’t grow out/ Yeah, even in a guitar town/ My crooked drawl, the way I sung/ My mama’s genes sure stuck out like a thumb/ In a Metro City crowd,” she sings.

Wilson then openly expresses her surprise at seeing how even those without a lick of country in their roots are now embracing the small-town way of life that she knows so well, a stark shift compared to the days of her early career.

“Oh me, oh my, how things have changed/ And I can’t believe my eyes these days,” she delivers.

Moving into the chorus, she sings, “Everybody wanna be a cowboy/ Drive a John boat, whip a John Deere/ Everybody want a backroads front porch/ With a tub full of iced down beer/ Must be something in the water flowing out of the holler / Blue collar musta caught a new wind/ Doggone daggummit didn’t see that coming/ Country’s cool again.”

Speaking from experience, the “Heart Like A Truck” singer continues to boast about the culture by listing out some of the most prominent reasons why it’s so easy to become addicted to the simplicity of rural living. In doing so, she credits some of the songs that raised her, like “The Dance” by Garth Brooks and “Neon Moon” by Brooks & Dunn. She also warns that after even just a taste, “you’ll get bit by the bug.” 

Wilson invites everyone to jump on with the country craze as she closes out the upbeat, twang-fueled honky tonk anthem.

“Y’all hop in the back, how ’bout that?/ ‘Cause country’s cool again/ Ain’t that some shit? I found a few hits/ ‘Cause country’s cool again.”

Lainey Wilson; Photo Provided
Lainey Wilson; Photo Provided

Who Wrote “Country’s Cool Again?”

“Country’s Cool Again” was co-written by Wilson with her longtime collaborators Trannie Anderson and Dallas Wilson as well as band leader Aslan Freeman. It was produced by GRAMMY-award-winning producer, Jay Joyce.

Story Behind The Song

“I’m so excited for everyone to hear ‘Country’s Cool Again.’ This song is a welcome to everyone who’s wanting in on the Western way of life. For a lot of us, Country music isn’t just a genre, it’s our livelihood,” said Wilson. “Thank you to my amazing collaborators and my producer for helping me bring the idea of this song to life. Country’s Cool Again y’all!”

Photo Courtesy Lainey Wilson
Photo Courtesy Lainey Wilson

The new tune has arrived just in time for Lainey Wilson to begin her headlining international trek in Melbourne, Australia as part of her ongoing tour of the same name.

The Country’s Cool Again Tour will launch May 31 at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater and run through November 15. Along the way, she will also make a handful of festival appearances.

Joining Wilson on select dates of the trek are special guests Ian Munsick, Zach Top and Jackson Dean.

Additionally, she’s been tapped to perform at the 2024 People’s Choice Awards on February 18.

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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.