Lainey Wilson Proves Her Staying Power With New Single, ‘Heart Like A Truck’

Lainey Wilson’s next musical chapter begins here.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 20, 2022


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Lainey Wilson; Heart Like A Truck

Hot on the heels of back-to-back No.1 singles, Lainey Wilson returns with “Heart Like A Truck,” the lead single from her much-anticipated sophomore project. 

Co-written by Lainey, Trannie Anderson and Dallas Wilson, the mid-tempo tune is semi-autobiographical for the Louisiana native and shares an important message with listeners. 

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Nick Rau
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Nick Rau

“This is a song about finding freedom in strength, and not being afraid of your scars and bruises. A truck that has hit a few bumps and earned a few scratches has proved itself and its tenacity…the shiny one on the lot can’t say that,” Lainey explained. 

“I’ve been through some shit. We all have. But when you get through it, you’re stronger and better for it on the other side. Nothing can hold me back from moving forward and finding a way to enjoy life, no matter what. I hope this song reminds y’all of that.” 

Lainey Wilson Heart Like A Truck
Lainey Wilson Heart Like A Truck

The clever lyrics compare a heart to a truck and acknowledge that it’s okay to experience heartache. Through it all, the most important thing to remember is to keep going. 

“I got a heart like a truck/ It’s been drug through the mud/ Runs on dreams and gasoline/ And that old highway holds the key/ It’s got a lead foot down when it’s leavin’/ Lord knows it’s taken a hell of a beatin’/ A little bit of love is all that it’s needin’/ But it’s good as it is tough/ I got a heart like a truck,” the ACM New Female Artist of the Years sings on the chorus. 

Wilson, who earned her first No.1 with the breakout smash and ACM Song of the Year, “Things A Man Oughta Know,” and recently topped the charts with the red-hot Cole Swindell duet, “Never Say Never,” showcases her growth as an artist, songwriter and person with “Heart Like A Truck.” 

“These past few months have been such a whirlwind, but man, it was quite the journey to get here. Miley wasn’t playing when she said, ‘it’s about the climb,’ because it really is what builds character and teaches you the most about yourself,” Wilson shared ahead of the song’s release. “’Heart Like A Truck’ is all about self-discovery, growth and embracing scars as badges of honor. After all, a truck that has hit a few bumps and earned some scratches has proved itself and its tenacity—the shiny one on the lot can’t say that.”

YouTube video

The just-released “Heart Like A Truck” music video brings the song lyrics to life as Wilson acts out the part of a new horse trainer taking a job on a farm. Directed by Elizabeth Olmstead and shot in Franklin, Tennessee, the video follows Wilson’s character as she attempts to break a horse. With her fellow ranch hands watching on, she never gives up and eventually trains the horse to trust her, so much so that she is able to saddle up and ride him at the end of the clip. 

“I learned to ride horses before I learned to walk so, I felt right at home on set but I’ll admit, I was a little nervous to really do character acting for the first time—it ended up being such a creatively fulfilling and thrilling experience,” Wilson explained.

Lainey Wilson Heart Like A Truck
Lainey Wilson, Heart Like A Truck

She continued, “I worked with Elizabeth for a Frito’s commercial spot with Yellowstone and was so impressed by her talent, I had to have her be a part of this project—she really wowed me on this one. It was also really cool that it ended up being a whole team of badass women in charge of bringing this thing to life. It ain’t every day that you walk on a set and have a female director, executive producer, director of photography, etc. so them all being able to relate to the protagonist made me feel like there was an extra level of care, it was really special.”

“Heart Like A Truck” shares a message everyone can take something away from and once again proves Lainey Wilson’s staying power. Wilson is a once-in-a-lifetime artist and we’re just lucky enough to witness her rise to the top.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.