Lainey Wilson Takes The Dolly Parton Approach To Her Viral Butt
“I mean, she flaunts it, she’s proud of it,” Wilson says of Parton.
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Getty Images for CMT
Lainey Wilson is embracing the viral success surrounding her butt and says she’s taking the Dolly Parton approach to it all.
In an interview with KMLE 107.9, Wilson opened up about the sudden interest in her rear end.
“Well so before everybody like all of a sudden found out about my fat butt… Years ago, like 5 years ago somebody had actually started a Twitter account so they beat everybody to it. It was called ‘AssLainey.’ Yeah, I’m like I don’t know how y’all are just realizing I got a fat butt,” she joked.
Dolly Parton Approach
The “Heart Like A Truck” singer said, “I can’t see it, I mean, it’s been back there a while, but I’m not shocked. I mean, if you literally get on TikTok and type in Lainey Wilson… the thing that pops up is Lainey Wilson dumpy truck.”
While she admits that the attention on her backside can sometimes be a bit awkward, the Louisiana native is taking it all in stride. She hopes that it will lead more people to find her music.
“I’m like you know what? At the end of the day, if that’s what brought people to my music and they stuck around because of it then to hell with it,” she said. “Now, I mean it’s a little weird in the beginning like being sexualized, but also I’m like I’ve worked my fingers to the bone. I’ve been in Nashville for 12 years and I’m not gonna let it slow me down.”
In fact, Lainey Wilson is taking a page from Dolly Parton’s book when it comes to the attention on her body.
“You know at the end of the day, we were talking about Dolly [Parton]. I mean, she flaunts it, she’s proud of it,” Wilson said, referencing Parton’s often talked-about breasts.
What Would Dolly Do
Wilson is a longtime fan of Parton. She paid tribute to the country music icon on her debut album with the song “WWDD” (short for “What Would Dolly Do”).
Although Wilson and Parton have yet to meet, the hitmaker told Entertainment Tonight that she’d love to collaborated with Parton.
“I think we would get along just great,” Wilson said, adding, “I think we would be best buds,” she continued. “I think [Dolly’s] best buds with anybody, probably. I’m telling you, she, Dolly Parton, hands down, [is] one of the biggest inspirations, I mean, for so many people around the world. I mean, who she is, the way that she tells it how it is with a little bow wrapped on top, she’s just a good person, got a heart of gold. I think if we were all a little bit more like her, the world would be a much better place.”
Lainey Wilson recently caught the attention of millions on the internet when her backside became the subject of viral TikTok videos.
She quickly responded to the trend in a video message to fans.
“Whatever brings the people in,” she laughed in the clip. “However you found me, I’m happy. I’m happy you’re here.”
She later poked fun at the trend. She shared a graphic of herself inside a dump truck alongside a mock commercial driver’s license.
Aside from the excitement surrounding her rear end, Wilson continues to dominate the country music scene with her singles and latest tour.
She is currently in the midst of her sold-out headlining Country With A Flare Tour, which kicked off on January 4 in Spokane, Washington at the Knitting Factory.
The shows sold out in record-breaking time, nearly leaving Wilson speechless.
“I’ve been looking forward to my first headlining tour for a while now and been itchin’ to come play y’all some #BellBottomCountry 🔔🍑🤠 but this…a sold out tour?!…wow…y’all better get ready,” Wilson wrote. ”We comin for y’all 👊🏻🤘🏻 #countrywithaflare”
Wilson’s Country With A Flare Tour features support from country newcomers Ben Chapman, Meg McRee, and Leah Blevins.
The tour comes in support of Lainey Wilson’s latest album, Bell Bottom Country. The album features 14 tracks, including “Watermelon Moonshine,” “Live Off,” “Hold My Halo,” “Atta Girl,” “Smell Like Smoke,” as well as a cover of 4 Non Blondes classic hit “What’s Up (What’s Going On).”
Additionally, Wilson will also join Luke Combs on his massive 2023 stadium tour. The massive trek kicks off on March 25, 2023, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The tour will feature support from Riley Green, Flatland Cavalry and Brent Cobb. It wraps up on July 29 in Philadelphia, PA at Lincoln Financial Field.
Later this year, she will appear alongside HARDY on the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour. For a full list of Lainey Wilson’s upcoming tour dates, visit her official website HERE.
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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.