Luke Bryan Is ‘Very Flattered’ To Be A Part Of Lainey Wilson And Lauren Alaina’s New Duet

The country star gushed over Alaina and Wilson’s undeniable talent.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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June 14, 2023

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Lauren Alaina, Lainey Wilson, Luke Bryan; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

Luke Bryan recently caught up with iHeart Country to share his heartfelt reaction to Lauren Alaina and Lainey Wilson incorporating lines from his signature track, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” on their new collaborative song, “Thicc As Thieves.”

“I was very flattered that they asked me to kind of have a part of it,” Bryan shared before he went on to boast about each of the female artists’ talent as he said, “I think Lainey is, I think she’s just so great for country music and I’ve been a fan of Lauren Alaina…I mean, she has one of the best voices in the world.”

Bryan had a hand in penning the recent release alongside Lauren Alaina, Rocky Block, Dallas Davidson, Jacob Durrett, and Parker Welling. 

“Thicc As Thieves” serves as a comedic ode to the female country star’s curves as they boast about their high waisted jeans and bell bottoms that only accentuate their “thick” assets. Bryan’s tune shares a similar energy of not taking life too seriously, and having fun while also embracing who you are. 

“You know, my biggest thing is, it’s a fun song for them. ‘Country Girl (Shake it For Me)’ was a fun song for me, it was a fun song for the country girls out there that were shaking it and their song is a fun song for girls that got a little something to shake,” he continued. 

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Throughout the song, Alaina and Wilson’s southern accents shine with great confidence. Their voices come together in a string of effortless harmonies as they showcase their tight-knit friendship and also poke fun at their similar body shapes. 

In the final verses, Alaina poses the question, “Hey Lainey, what’d that Georgia boy say about us country girls?” to which Wilson responds, “Didn’t he say somethin’ about shakin’ it?”

Lauren Alaina, Lainey Wilson; Photo by Hannah Turner, CMA
Lauren Alaina, Lainey Wilson; Photo by Hannah Turner, CMA

Then, they proceed to incorporate a few lines from Bryan’s party anthem as they sing, “Country girl shake it for me girl / Shake it for me girl / Shake it for me.”

Wilson and Alaina debuted their new duet during this year’s CMA Fest on Thursday, June 8 at Nashville’s Riverfront Stage.

“Thicc As Thieves” appears on Alaina’s brand-new EP, Unlocked, which dropped Friday, June 9. This six-song collection marks her first release since signing to Big Loud Records and follows 2021’s Sitting Pretty On Top Of The World, which spawned fan favorites like “Getting Good” and “Getting Over Him” with Jon Pardi. 

Created by an assembly of Nashville talents, Unlocked includes cuts by artists such as Cole Swindell, Ella Langley, and Luke Bryan, as well as hitmakers Josh Osborne, Parker Welling, and Hunter Phelps, and some up-and-coming newcomers Emily Landis, Rocky Block, John Byron, and Lydia Vaughan among others. 

This project serves as Alaina’s reintroduction to the world as she unlocks a whole new chapter of herself both personally and professionally as a 28-year-old. 

“It’s been 13 years since we first met, and until a couple of years ago, I don’t know that I ever slowed down for more than a day or two at a time,” Alaina reflected in a press release. “I spent more time with the people that matter most to me – my family, my fiancé, my friends – during that period than I had in years. This music comes from my heart and my hometown. I am who I am because of where and who I come from, and I’m more me today than I’ve ever been. I can’t wait to unlock this next chapter with you.”

Lauren Alaina has been booked for a summer full of performances at various fairs and festivals before she joins the North American leg of Pentatonix’s World Tour. 

Click HERE to view a complete list of her upcoming tour 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.