Lainey Wilson’s Tributes ‘The Hard Working Men And Women’ In Empowering New Anthem, ‘Hang Tight Honey’

The new song further showcases Wilson’s incredible work ethic and her unwavering dedication to her loved ones.


Madeleine O’Connell

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May 14, 2024


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Lainey Wilson; Photo by Erick Frost

Lainey Wilson details the struggles of her on-the-go-lifestyle and having to spend significant amount of time away from her loved ones in her brand-new release, “Hang Tight Honey.”

Produced by GRAMMY® award-winning producer Jay Joyce, “Hang Tight Honey” offers a buoyant yet honest take on a difficult situation that Wilson and many other working folk face in their every-day lives. The ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee had a hand in penning the tune alongside Driver Williams, Jason Nix and Paul Sikes. 

Lainey Wilson, Hang Tight Honey; Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson
Lainey Wilson, Hang Tight Honey; Photo by Eric Ryan Anderson

Showcases Wilson’s Determination To Achieve Her Dreams

Although it can be difficult to be away from home as often as she is, the song illustrates how Wilson is able to get through the longest stretches of time knowing that she has constant support from her family and friends and that they will always be there waiting for her when she returns. Plus, her signature vocals emphasize her strong work ethic and incredible resilience that has led to her current reign of massive success as a country star. 

“I got a bus ‘fore I got a house ‘cause/ That’s what dreams make you do/ Hittin’ them neon honky-tonks/ To play a two step or two/ Two hundred days to a hundred towns/ Bringing boots to a sawdust floor/ While this 6 string calls my name baby/ I’ll be missing yours,” Wilson sings in the opening verse. 

The multi-platinum GRAMMY®-award winning artist continues onto the chorus, “Hang tight honey I’m a white line running/ Down a dream on a long lost highway/ Me and this band playingone night stands/ For some fans getting straight up sideways/ But baby I miss your blue-collar kiss/ Just one more day to get through/ Hang tight honey got a picket full of money/ And imp headed straight home to you.”

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Opening Up About The More Difficult Sides Of The Job

Throughout the nostalgic notes of funk and rock mixed with her authentic country storytelling, Wilson reveals that all the scarifies she has made throughout her life have been worth it because it means she also gets to give back to her loved ones. 

In celebration of her latest drop, Wilson took to Instagram to share a bit of insight into her perspective of the song’s narrative. 

“I’ve been runnin’ the roads nonstop for a few years now and I ain’t gonna lie to y’all, sometimes it can be tough being away from home that much,” the Louisiana native wrote in the caption. “At the same time, remembering what ‘home’ is and the things that I get to do for the ones I love because of the work I put in, is what keeps me going and makes it all worthwhile. 

“This one’s an anthem for the hard working men and women that get up every dang day and put in long hours to make a life worth living for the ones they love most,” she added. 

Available now via Broken Bow Records, “Hang Tight Honey” made its world premiere on Country radio on Monday, May 13, and is set to impact next Monday, May 20. This release filled with high energy and catchy lyrics comes hot on the heels of the news that Lainey Wilson’s forthcoming record, Whirlwind, is dropping August 23, 2024. 

The project is expected to offer “an innovative and grounded extension of Wilson’s signature sound,” meaning listeners will likely experience a wide-range of emotions while listening to the “diverse yet sonically cohesive” collection. She continues to honor her Western roots by sharing some of her most personal stories to date through a series of raw, reflective tracks. 

“I am so excited to finally announce Whirlwind. This album has been a long time coming and I can’t wait for the world to have this body of work in their hands soon,” Wilson said in a recent release. “This new chapter of music is the most cathartic and personal piece of art I’ve ever made. I hope this record brings some peace to your whirlwind and wraps its arms around you like it did for me.” 

Lainey Wilson Heads Into 2024 ACM Awards As A Five-Time Nominee

Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Academy of Country Music
Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Academy of Country Music

In just a few days, Lainey Wilson will perform at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards, where she is also nominated a five-time nominee in the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Song of the Year (“Heart Like A Truck”), and Music Event of the Year (“Save Me” with Jelly Roll).” 

Country Music’s “Party of the Year” will return to Frisco, TX on May 16. Viewers can watch the show livefrom the Ford Center at The Star at 8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT / 5 p.m. PDT when it airs exclusively on Prime Video. For this special occasion, fans do not need a Prime membership to watch, as everyone is invited to the “Party of the Year.”

Following the star-studded night, Wilson will launch her Country’s Cool Again North American 2024 headlining tour on May 31 in Nashville, TN. 

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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.