Lainey Wilson Details The Magical Story Behind Co-Writing ‘Good Horses,’ On Miranda Lambert’s Tennessee Farm
Lambert forced Wilson to take a nap before the co-write.
Lainey Wilson, Miranda Lambert; Photos Courtesy Lainey Wilson, Facebook
The Story Behind “Good Horses”
The song was first presented to fans on December 15, 2023, when Lambert made a surprise appearance on stage during Wilson’s third sold-out performance in Sin City, as part of her four-show run presented by Wrangler. The pair first joined forces on delivering “Kerosene,” a fan-favorite track off Lambert’s debut album of the same name, and then debuted the brand-new tune that centers around the power of love and trust.
In a recent conversation with Audacy’s Katie Neal via Audacy’s Totally Private, Wilson opened up about how the song was born from a relaxed writers retreat with friends that took place on Lambert’s 400-acre horse farm in Tennessee.
When Did Lainey Wilson and Miranda Lambert Write “Good Horses”?
“I guess it was May 17th. The reason I remember is it was my granny’s birthday,” Wilson shared before explaining how the Texas native allowed her a space to rest before any work could be done. “Miranda was like, you need to come out to my farm. She said, ‘you need to, first of all, take a nap.’ She said, ‘I’m going to make you take a nap.’ And I did. And Luke Dick was out there too. We just had a little bit of a writer’s retreat. It wasn’t a forced writer’s retreat. It was like we sleep, we eat and maybe write a song.”
She went on to describe the setting of their no-pressure songwriting session, saying that the three of them were sitting on the balcony of one of Lambert’s small cabins, which happened to be the same place Lambert’s no. 1 hit, “Bluebird” was penned.
“As we were writing this song, ‘Good Horses,’ three bluebirds flew up, and when they were writing ‘Bluebird,’ three bluebirds had flew up too. I mean, I believe in signs like that,” said of the chilling moment.
The “Heart Like A Truck” singer remembers seeing her co-writers share a glance, unsure at first what they were thinking. Then they explained the sentiment behind those trio of bluebirds and how it must be a good sign for the tune they had just written.
They Wrote The Song In The Same Place “Bluebird” Was Written
“They were like, ‘this is right where we wrote ‘Bluebird’ and Bluebird flew up while we were writing it and they’re back.’ And I’ve got the feels right now just telling you the story, but I really do think it’s a special song and the hook is good, ‘Horses come home,’ and I believe that. I grew up on the back of a horse, but I’ll always stay true to myself and my roots and where I come from. I am who I am because of the people in the place that raised me.”
Both Wilson and Lambert have paved their own paths in the music business and are views as strong trailblazers who do in fact stay true to their roots. This song, which Wilson says is “really special,” hones in on their humbleness and serves as a strong reminder of their hard-working spirits.
While speaking about her relationship with the “Actin’ Up” singer, Wilson explained that she considers Lambert to be one of the artists who has had a major influence on her career.
Inspired By Lambert
“I don’t know any female in this town who’s moved here in the last 15 years who can’t say that Miranda Lambert has not influenced them in some kind of way,” she shared. “She’s become a dear friend of mine and checks on me. She’s just a genuine person. What you see is what you get with her. And I can’t help but love people like that.”
The artists have yet to share any further details regarding “Good Horses,” including whether or not it will be unveiled as a solo project or a duet.
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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.