Lainey Wilson Proves There’s ‘Things A Man Oughta Know’ On ‘CMA Summer Jam’

Lainey Wilson gave CMA Summer Jam viewers a taste of what “bell bottom country” is all about on Thursday evening…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 2, 2021


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Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy CMA

Lainey Wilson gave CMA Summer Jam viewers a taste of what “bell bottom country” is all about on Thursday evening with a performance of her debut smash, “Things A Man Oughta Know.” 

Backed by Luke Bryan’s touring band, Wilson delivered a confident performance of the track as fans in the audience sang along and waved their hands in the air. 

For Wilson, the chance to perform amongst the star-studded lineup was something she didn’t take for granted. 

“To be able to perform here at CMA Summer Jam, it’s just first of all, a dream come true to be on a lineup that’s just stacked with so many people that I look up to and I’ve looked up to for years,” Wilson explained prior to the broadcast. “I just feel like I’m kinda being welcomed with open arms and I just appreciate that so much and I feel like I’m headed in the right direction, so this is just it’s just an incredible opportunity for me.”

Things A Man Oughta Know” is featured on Wilson’s debut album, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’

CMA Summer Jam also featured performances from Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood.

Additionally, the three-hour show included star-studded collaborations by Bentley with HARDY & BRELAND, Underwood and Dwight Yoakam, Lambert with Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line feat. Rhett, newlyweds Shelton and Stefani, as well as Swindell & Bryan. 

CMA Summer Jam aired on Thursday, September 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on ABC.

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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.