Lainey Wilson Allows Her Authenticity To Shine On New Album, ‘Bell Bottom Country’

In 2023, Wilson will embark on a headlining tour in support of the project.


Madeleine O’Connell

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October 28, 2022

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Lainey Wilson; Photo by Alysse Gafkjen

Lainey Wilson continues to bring her signature flare to country music with her just-released project, Bell Bottom Country

The country star served as a co-writer on each of the 14 tracks, except for one cover, allowing her to incorporate her authentic country sound with the addition of some elements of ‘70s Rock, Funk, and Soul. Wilson hopes listeners will hear these songs and feel empowered to embrace who they really are as a person, a mantra she strives to uphold throughout her own life and career. 

Lainey Wilson - Bell Bottom Country
Lainey Wilson – Bell Bottom Country

“It’s whatever makes you different, whatever makes you special, makes you, you,” she shared with Country Now. “It’s about finding that and leaning into it as much as you possibly can. I think everybody’s got a little bell bottom country about them. So that’s what this record is.”

This past year has turned out to be a game-changer for Wilson, who has recently revealed that even more opportunities of growth are in her future.  

“It’s really just kind of pulling back the layers to who I am. I feel like I’ve grown a whole lot as a person, as a songwriter, and even a singer in the past few years and I hope it encourages people to be unapologetically themselves,” she added.

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The collection features 11 new songs and three previously released tracks including “Watermelon Moonshine,” “Live Off” and her current single, “Heart Like A Truck,” which is sitting top 25 on the Country radio charts and climbing.

Having a few songs from the project already out into the world means that Wilson has had the chance to test out the new music live. So far, she shared that the energy from the audience has been nothing short of amazing.

“Everybody is seeming to just love ’em and I’m just excited for ’em to hear the rest. I mean, of course, every single one of these songs are my babies and they all serve a purpose, but the record as a whole, it just tells a story and kind of takes you on a journey. So, I’m ready for people to hear the whole thing.”

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When it came time to choose the tracks for Bell Bottom Country, Wilson found that it was a challenge, but seeing the finished product, she is proud of the ones she decided on. 

“I felt like the songs that we chose were the ones that really are made to my core. I write a lot of different songs, I’ve written probably 4,000 songs in my lifetime so far, but I just feel like the ones that rise to the top, are the ones that are the most true to my story and true to me. That’s what happened with this record.”

Ahead of the official Bell Bottom Country album release, Wilson invited members of the Nashville music community to hear the album at an exclusive listening event where attendees got to experience the 14-track project through Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II.

Fans will also get to hear the new music during season 5 of the smash hit series, Yellowstone. Wilson will be making her acting debut on the upcoming show, which set to premiere on the Paramount Network on Sunday, November 13.

The Louisiana native is currently on the road with Luke Combs, serving as a special guest on The Middle of Somewhere Tour. This trek is set to conclude on December 10. Next year, Wilson will once again serve as support for Combs on the first leg of his world tour, which is set to kick off on March 25 in Arlington, TX. 

In addition to releasing Bell Bottom Country, the singer/songwriter announced that beginning January 4, she will also embark on her first headlining trek, Country with a Flare Tour. Presented by Stella Rosa Future Is Female, the 27-city trek will kick off in Spokane, WA, with later stops at Irving Plaza in New York City and Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville, before concluding in Columbus, OH on March 31. Joining her on tour will be Nashville newcomer Ben Chapman as well as Meg McRee and Leah Blevins on select dates. 

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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.