Lainey Wilson Shares The Story Behind ‘Wildflowers and Wild Horses,’ And Why It Relates To Her Roots

“This one definitely shows that western side, it takes me back to my childhood,” Wilson shared.


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 16, 2023

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Photo Courtesy Lainey Wilson

While experiencing a milestone night at the 57th Annual CMA Awards, Lainey Wilson made the television debut of her latest single, “Wildflowers And Wild Horses,” with a fiery performance that paid homage to her hometown in Louisiana and the people and that raised her.

This soulful tune co-written by Wilson alongside Trannie Anderson and Paul Sikes finds the CMA Entertainer of the Year trudging through her signature blend of Country, Western, Rock, and Americana sounds and gritty guitar plucks as she reflects on her roots. 

“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.” 

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Finding Parallels Between Farming And The Music Business

She went on to share a bit of background on her upbringing, reiterating the lyrics of the song that pinpoint where she got her resilience and determination to pave her own path to success. 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. 

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.”

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Wrangler Commercial

Fans may also recognize “Wildflowers And Wild Horses” from the Wrangler x Lainey Wilson commercial. The song is featured in the ad, which highlights the Western lifestyle and also stars the singer/songwriter. Wilson was recently named the face of Wrangler’s fall/winter collection.

Lainey Wilson Continues To Rack Up Major Award Wins And Nominations

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Jamie Schramm/CMA
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Jamie Schramm/CMA

In addition to showcasing her profound abilities as an entertainer during “Country Music’s Biggest Night,” Lainey Wilson walked away with five awards in total, including the top honor of the night – Entertainer of the Year. Not only is this the first time a woman has claimed this honor since Taylor Swift in 2011, but Wilson is also one of just eight female artists in history to be crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Prior to claiming this title, she racked up trophies in the categories of Album of the Year (Bell Bottom Country), Female Vocalist of the Year, Musical Event of the Year (“Wait In The Truck” with HARDY) and Music Video of the Year (“Wait In The Truck” with HARDY).

The run of excitement didn’t stop there for Wilson because in the days following, she landed her first-ever GRAMMY nominations. She is currently vying for wins in the categories of Best Country Album with Bell Bottom Country and Country Duo/Group Performance for her collaboration on Jelly Roll’s “Save Me.”

Readying For Country’s Cool Again Tour 2024

Lainey Wilson - Country's Cool Again Tour
Lainey Wilson – Country’s Cool Again Tour

Lainey Wilson is closing out her year on an incredibly high note. Looking ahead to 2024, she already has big plans to bring her music to country fans across the U.S. and Canada with her headlining Country’s Cool Again Tour

The singer/songwriter just announced that beginning May 31 in Nashville, TN, she will perform for over 35 dates including a stop in New York City at Radio City Music Hall before wrapping things up on November 15 in Monroe, LA.

This next run will follow her Bell Bottom Country Tour, which took place in early 2023. 

“It’s a big jump from where we were top of this year playing clubs,” Wilson told the NY Post while discussing the Country’s Cool Again Tour. “It’s really crazy to kind of sit back and think about the growth of what has happened.”

The 2024 trek will feature the superstar alongside special guests Jackson Dean, Ian Munsick, and Zach Top on select dates.

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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.