Lainey Wilson debuted her original song, “Smell Like Smoke” during a recent episode of Paramount Network’s hit TV series, Yellowstone, in which she plays a character named Abby.
On Sunday (Nov. 20), viewers were surprised with the new empowering song, which ignites a woman’s sense of confidence and lack of fear. Wilson sings of someone who is fighting off her insecurities and replacing them with pride from overcoming all the turmoil she has been through.
“If I I look a little drunk, it’s ’cause I drank some / If my neck’s a little red, it’s ’cause I am one / Heaven’s where I’m gonna go, the Bible says so on my shelf / But if I smell like smoke, it’s only ’cause I’vе been through hell,” the country star sings in the chorus.
With the inclusion of “Smell Like Smoke,” Wilson’s latest album, Bell Bottom Country now features 15 including the hit single, “Heart Like a Truck,” which is currently Top 20 on the charts and climbing, as well as “Watermelon Moonshine” and “Hold My Halo,” both of which will be featured this season on Yellowstone.
The “Hillbilly Hippie” singer made her acting debut in the Season 5 premiere of Yellowstone as a musician named Abby. She previously shared that this role was created specifically for her by Taylor Sheridan. This is just the start to the new music viewers can expect to hear from Wilson throughout the season.
Wilson also revealed that her character isn’t too far off from who she really is in real life.
“I pretty much get to be myself,” she told Country Now about her role as Abby. “I get to wear my bell bottoms, I get to be me, I get to talk with an accent, I get to sing my songs.”
As a Louisiana native, whose father is a cowboy, Lainey Wilson can relate to the show on many different levels. While she did go outside her comfort zone for this experience, she also shared that it felt a bit like second nature to step into the role of Abby, who is also a musician.
She was given lines to memorize, but when it came to creating a background for her character, Wilson challenged with putting her creativity to the test. In developing the background for her character, she discovered that when she’s acting, she’s able to fully embrace who Abby is as a person and where she comes from.
“So in my mind, she’s from Louisiana ’cause she sounds like this,” Wilson said referring to her accent. “In my mind, she’s maybe traveling through Montana, a musician, maybe finds a group of people who are really starting to dig her music and she stays for a while.”
She first revealed the news of her debut acting gig back in June, and for months, fans had been eagerly awaiting the new season to begin.
Wilson will kick off the new year with her first headlining tour, the Country With A Flare Tour. This trek is set to launch on January 4 and will continue through the end of March. Several dates in major cities have already sold out.
Following this stint of shows, Lainey Wilson will rejoin CMA 2022 Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs on the North American leg of his 2023 World Tour.