If you’ve driven through Buddy Killen Circle in Nashville, you might have noticed the Musica statue in the roundabout is a little more dressed up recently! The statues have recently donned bell bottoms in honor of the release of Lainey Wilson‘s latest album Bell Bottom Country. Bell bottoms epitomize Lainey Wilson and her sense of style. “The whole bell bottom thing- well, I love things that come along with a good story, whether it’s an older song or throwback clothes. I can go into a vintage shop and see a shirt I like and be like, ‘I like that,’ and I might not know the story behind it, but it just feels nice to wear something that has character and know that there’s a story within the clothes, or there’s a story within the song. I’m a sucker for a good story,” Lainey says of what influences her.
The first single off Bell Bottom Country is “Heart Like A Truck”. The titular truck is a metaphor for Lainey’s journeys throughout life. “A truck that has hit a few bumps and earned a few scratches has proved itself and its tenacity,” Lainey says of the song. Another single that saw release earlier this year is “Watermelon Moonshine”. This track is a coming-of-age story similar to “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter.
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New tracks off Bell Bottom Country include “Hold My Halo”, a new girl-power anthem staving off the angelic veneer women are sometimes forced to hold. “Atta Girl” emphasizes the determination she musters to push through rough patches. “This One’s Gonna Cost Me” shows the repercussions of an intoxicating relationship. “Hillbilly Hippie” shows the fusion her mantra that inspired Bell Bottom Country.
Lainey dedicates “Those Boots” to her father. It is an autobiographical song about their relationship. “If you listen to the first verse, it’s telling a story about before Daddy would go to work, I would come into his room and I would help him put his boots on and I would pull his pants leg over the top of his boots,” Lainey says of the story behind the track. “That was my job. It made me feel like I had a job and I had a purpose and I was helping.” The love and appreciation she has for her father’s hard work is palpable throughout the song. Another track where she acknowledges her upbringing is “Wildflowers and Wild Horses”, a nod to growing up and reflecting on how where you come from shapes your identity. “Me, You, and Jesus” is a nod to the big guy upstairs, showing how faith is a pillar in her life.
Lainey Wilson hopes listeners can find something to relate to in Bell Bottom Country. “I’m proud of the way Bell Bottom Country turned out,” Lainey says. “I think it truly is a continuation of who I am. It’s pulling back those layers. When I’m listening to the record, sometimes I forget it’s me, because I’m enjoying it so much. I’m like, “Go girl, you’re good.'” Stream Bell Bottom Country below. Follow Lainey Wilson on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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