Lainey Wilson Embarks On A Mysterious Journey In Cinematic Music Video For ‘Wildflowers And Wild Horses’

“This one has always been about grit, determination, and forging your own path so we had to have a video to match,” Wilson explains.


Madeleine O’Connell

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March 12, 2024


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Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of YouTube, Wildflowers and Wild Horses

Lainey Wilson unlocks a chapter of mystery with her just-released cinematic music video for her current single, “Wildflowers and Wild Horses.”

Directed by Patrick Tracy and filmed at White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, AZ, the new video dropped in honor of Wilson’s debut at RODEOHOUSTON on Saturday, March 9.

Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy RODEOHOUSTON®
Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy RODEOHOUSTON®

The Mysterious Narrative Prompts Questions

In the opening scene, viewers see the CMA Entertainer of the Year appearing to hide out with her stunning white horse and a leather bag that’s placed at the center of her focus. Inside her temporary place of lodging, Wilson is on the phone with an unknown caller and with fear in her eyes, she warns, “Whatever you do, don’t trust anybody.” She carries that secretive energy into the remainder of her journey, which continues at sunrise. 

Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of YouTube, Wildflowers and Wild Horses
Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of YouTube, Wildflowers and Wild Horses

The western-inspired footage continues to document her adventure on horseback and in the bed of a pickup truck as she travels through rough desert terrain. Along the way, she’s constantly clutching the same bag to her side and keeping a close watch over her shoulder, which begs a series of questions like what does she have in that bag that is so important? Is she on the run? And if so, what is she running from?

Wilson always seems to be one step ahead of the group she’s hiding out from, until the final verse of the song. Darkness fades over the dirt road and secluded land, with the only light coming from the headlights of two trucks. She stops in their path, drops the bag and runs off into the wind to continue her efforts to stay unnoticed, as she knows that whatever the men were looking for, they didn’t find in that bag. 


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Honoring The Western Way of Life

Wilson elevates her signature look with a tan cowboy hat and a leather jacket equipped with fringe and studs, which overlays her all-black ensemble featuring a dramatic pair of bell bottoms. The power from her attire radiates through her vocals as she reflects on her roots with a gritty blend of Country, Western, Rock, and Americana sounds that course through the tune, which Wilson penned alongside Trannie Anderson and Paul Sikes.

“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.” 

Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of YouTube, Wildflowers and Wild Horses
Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of YouTube, Wildflowers and Wild Horses

The Story Behind The Song

Just as the “Country’s Cool Again” singer described on Instagram, her the production of her new video matches the same “grit, determination” and trailblazing entities that are found in the song’s powerful narrative. As she previously shared, “Wildflowers and Wild Horses” offers an intimate look into how her resilience and determination to pave her own path to success stems from her upbringing as a fifth-generation farmer’s daughter. 

The past generations of Wilson’s family may not have dreamed up a career in the spotlight, but she still sees the hard-working parallels between climbing her way up the ladder as a country star and the ups and downs that come with being a farmer.

“I come from a long line of hardheaded tough people and people who have kind of blazed their own trails. I’m from five generations of farmers in northeast Louisiana, and I always compare farming to the music business. I mean, you get up every day, do the same thing, you have good years, you have bad years, but you just keep on blazing that trail. So I think it’s just kind of digging a little deeper into my story,” she added. 

Lainey Wilson; Photo Provided
Lainey Wilson; Photo Provided

Upon its official impact to country radio on Monday, November 13, “Wildflowers And Wild Horses” earned 78 adds, making it the second most added. This marks the third Broken Bow Records’ single off the 31-year-old’s critically acclaimed, award-winning album, Bell Bottom Country, the other two being “Heart Like A Truck” and “Watermelon Moonshine.”

Wilson Will Bring Her Show To Stages Across The World In 2024

Lainey Wilson will bring her growing collection of hits down under for a run of shows in Australia set to take place through March 24. She will continue performing throughout the summer with several U.S.-based festivals before heading across the pond for dates in England, Norway, Sweden, and more.

Her biggest headlining tour to date, dubbed the Country’s Cool Again Tour, will launch in Nashville on May 31 with back-to-back shows at Ascend Amphitheater. This 35+ date trek runs through mid-November and features support from Jackson Dean, Ian Munsick, and Zach Top. 

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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.