WATCH: Lainey Wilson Braves Torrential Downpour At Carolina Country Music Fest, Fans Dub Her A ‘True Badass’

With her powerful vocals, Wilson captivated the crowd, turning a challenging weather situation into a truly unforgettable experience.


Lauren Jo Black

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June 13, 2023


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Lainey Wilson Carolina Country Music Fest; Photos via TikTok

Even a torrential downpour can’t stop Lainey Wilson!  

The reigning CMA New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year brought her live show to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Sunday (June 11) to perform as part of Carolina Country Music Fest. 

In the midst of her set, the weather took a turn and a rainstorm began. Rather than let the weather sideline her performance, Wilson powered through, proving her unwavering dedication for her craft and love for her fans. 

Despite getting drenched, Wilson continued to deliver an incredible performance as she showcased her infectious energy and vocal prowess.

At one point, the rain forced her band to stop playing. Once again undeterred, Wilson continued to perform a cappella as she sang “Heart Like A Truck” and “Wait In The Truck” (sans HARDY).   

Although they were also getting soaked, the crowd stayed in place to show their support for the Bell Bottom Country Queen. 

In videos shared on social media, Wilson can be seen making her way around the stage as rain pours down around her. She even has to hold onto her hat due to the wind from the storm. 

Fans rallied around the superstar and praised her for continuing to perform despite the unfavorable weather conditions. 

@jennydotson1 Lainey Wilson killed it last night even in the pooring rain!! #laineywilson #ccmf2023 ♬ original sound – Jenny Dotson
@kblakester83 Ain't no rain stopping Lainey! ♥️ #laineywilsonmusic #laineywilson #ccmf #ccmf2023 #myrtlebeach #dirtymyrtle #beach #countrymusic #country #SC #fyp #trending #concerts #lainey ♬ original sound – KB

“What a Queen! Singing in the pouring rain with the audiences. True badass artist right there! Love Lainey,” wrote one social media user, while another shared, “A true performer and really all about her fans! She didn’t quit. She played until the bitter end. We LOVE you @laineywilsonmusic 🙌🙌🙌❤️”

Another festival attendee deemed Wilson’s performance “one of the greatest/dangdest things I’ve ever witnessed.”

@cutecarrie_07 @laineywilsonmusic this was hands down one of the BEST performances ive ever seen.. incredible #bestpartoftheshow #littlerain #badass #badasswoman🎶 #killinit #CCMF ♬ original sound – Carrie

Wilson’s performance at Carolina Country Music Fest took place after a whirlwind few days for the “Grease” singer as she capped off several performances and appearances at CMA Fest in Nashville. 

On Thursday (June 8), Wilson opened the Chevy Riverfront Stage with a performance that drew a capacity crowd. She later joined Lauren Alaina for a surprise performance of their just-released duet, “Thicc As Thieves.”  

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

On Friday evening, she performed a full CMA Fest set at Nissan Stadium and also joined HARDY for a collaborative performance of “Wait In the Truck.” 

Additionally, Lainey Wilson appeared at Nissan Stadium to co-host the CMA Fest special on ABC alongside Elle King and Dierks Bentley. 

She then joined Luke Combs for his World Tour stop in Kansas City before making her way to Carolina Country Fest on Sunday. 

Meanwhile, “Watermelon Moonshine,” her latest single from her critically acclaimed album, Bell Bottom Country, is making a quick climb up the charts at country radio. 

According to country radio insider Chris Owen, “Watermelon Moonshine” climbed 10 spots on the Mediabase Country Airplay chart this week and currently sits at No. 35. It impacted radio just two weeks ago. 

“I’m so excited to announce ‘Watermelon Moonshine’ as my next single. This song embodies what Country music means to me, creating a timeless story that will resonate with people for generations to come,” Wilson previously shared in a statement. “This song is about the crazy, young, nostalgic love we all hope to experience.”

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Co-written by Wilson alongside Jordan Schmidt and Josh Kear, “Watermelon Moonshine” is a nostalgic ballad that finds the songstress reflecting on young love.  

“Drinkin’ watermelon moonshine / Cut the burn with a little lime / Parkin’ back in them kudzu vines / I was his and every bit of that boy was mine / Too young to know what love was / But we werе learnin’ on a sweet buzz / There’s never nothin’ like the first time / And mine’s always gonna taste like / Watermelon moonshine,” Wilson sings.

Lainey Wilson’s next performance is scheduled for June 15 in Bloomington, IL at Tailgate N’ Tall Boys. For a complete list of her upcoming tour dates, click HERE

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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.