Lainey Wilson Shares Her Personal Song Picks: ‘I Like My Music Fresh but Familiar’

Lainey Wilson is quickly making a name for herself as one of country music’s hottest up-and-coming artists. With her unique…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 11, 2020


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Lainey Wilson

Lainey Wilson is quickly making a name for herself as one of country music’s hottest up-and-coming artists. With her unique brand of “bell bottom country music” (as she’s deemed it), Wilson continues to turn heads with each new release.

Her latest single,” Things A Man Oughta Know,” is no different. The song, which is featured on her EP, Redneck Hollywood, finds Wilson touting her abilities to do things like shoot a gun, change a tire and catch a fish without a man helping her along the way. However, as the song continues, Wilson croons over a relationship that went wrong and offers some advice: “If you really love a woman, you don’t let her go/ Yeah, I know a few things a man oughta know…”

As she continues to make waves with “Things A Man Oughta Know,” Wilson is taking over the Country Now playlist to share her song picks with fans. From girl power anthems like Carly Pearce’s “Next Girl” and Ingrid Andress’ “Lady Like,” to tender tracks like Chris Stapleton’s “Starting Over” and Keith Urban’s “God Whispered Your Name,” Wilson’s playlist includes a little something for everyone.

“Every single one of the songs on this playlist make me feel something. Whether it makes me want to raise a glass to a good time or pour one out for a heartache these are the songs that hit feelings on both ends of the spectrum,” she says. “I like my music fresh but familiar, whether I’m writing it or listening to it. And that’s what I like about these songs and country now.”

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  • Things A Man Oughta Know – Lainey Wilson
  • Hang In There Girl – Ashley McBryde
  • Small Town Hypocrite – Caylee Hammack
  • Chasin’ You – Morgan Wallen
  • Break Up In The End – Cole Swindell
  • Why We Drink – Justin Moore
  • Good Ol’ Girls – Ashland Craft
  • Feel Good – Chrissy Metz
  • God Whispered Your Name – Keith Urban
  • Lovin’ On You – Luke Combs
  • Mess With My Head – Miranda Lambert
  • I Think I Love You – Ernest
  • Runnin’ With An Angel – Riley Green
  • Just The Way – Parmalee / Blanco Brown
  • Crazyland – Eric Church
  • A Little Bit Trouble – Brothers Osborne
  • Some Girls – Jameson Rodgers
  • Lady Like – Ingrid Andress
  • Die From A Broken Heart – Maddie & Tae
  • Next Girl – Carly Pearce
  • If I Was A Cowboy – Tim McGraw
  • After A Few – Travis Denning
  • Hell Yeah Say When I’m In – Drew Parker
  • Ain’t Always The Cowboy – Jon Pardi
  • Nobody But You – Blake Shelton / Gwen Stefani
  • Burn It At Both Ends – Muscadine Bloodline
  • Love Blind – Ross Ellis
  • Long After Last Call – The Cadillac Three
  • Dream, Girl – Hailey Whitters
  • BOYFRIEND – Hardy
  • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton
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Lauren Jo Black

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.