Lainey Wilson | Bell Bottom Country Review
by Bea Willis
Lainey Wilson is pulling in sounds of the 70s with her latest album called Bell Bottom Country. The Louisiana native’s unique sound is augmented with elements of ’70s rock, funk, and soul through fourteen songs. Wilson co-wrote all the songs but one, displaying her growth as an artist and songwriter. “I’ve lived quite a bit of life the past few years, and I have a lot more to say,” Wilson explains. “Sure, I love a good pair of bell bottoms, but Bell Bottom Country to me has always been about the flare and what makes someone unique—I have really embraced mine, and I hope y’all can hear that across this project.”
Hot from the success of her duet with Cole Swindel, “Never Say Never,” which hit the #1 spot on Canadian Country radio and marks Wilson’s first Canadian radio single. Her new coming-of-age ballad “Watermelon Moonshine” delivers a retrospective story about young love. The lyrics find Wilson nostalgically reflecting on the dauntlessness of teenage love as she discovers amusement in how confidently unversed to the world she was at the time.
“Hillbilly Hippie” is a delightful combination of the ’70s and today’s country sounds. Wilson’s singing is playful, sexy, and country. Her diction keeps the song’s lyrics easy to hear and sing along with, making for a great party song. The band is outstanding, and the music has many exciting moments in its form.
Wilson leaves no doubt with Bell Bottom Country that she is a rising country star. She will join the cast of Paramount Network’s mega-hit show Yellowstone for its fifth season, taking on the role of Abby, a character Taylor Sheridan (co-creator) explicitly crafted for the “Things A Man Oughta Know” singer and will allow her to perform new original music written and recorded by Lainey herself. So check Wilson out; you will be satisfied with the young lady’s talent.
Label: Broken Bow Records
Release Date: October 27, 2022