Lainey Wilson on Role “Yellowstone” and Song “Smell Like Smoke”

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It’s hard to know whether lainey wilson He would have been as big a star in country music as he’s been lately if it weren’t for the rise in visibility he got from “.yellow stoneThe series began featuring Lainey’s songs in season 2, a few years before Lainey was selected for the role of a recurring musician in season 5. almost as big, even without taylor sheridan factor. After all, it’s not a TV show with a combination of country-rock song chops, irresistible Louisiana accent, and gosh-dang gung-ho that captivated audiences so quickly that it peaked at number four. 1 Mediabase radio single and one of the leading winners of the CMA and ACM award shows.

But she said no TV show to hurt first in needle drops, then in providing turbo micro-boosts, leaving a pen on his totally unexpected acting career.

“When Taylor said to me, ‘I want to create a special character for you – I want you to put on your shoes, sing your own songs and be pretty much yourself,’ I knew she wanted to help me with the wall… putting a face to a name for people,” says Wilson. She enjoyed her introduction to acting. “Actually, I’ve never done anything like this. Of course, I imitated Hannah Montana throughout middle school and high school, but I never said lines. I had to step outside of my comfort zone, especially with on-screen kisses. But everyone on set welcomed me with open arms. I didn’t know what to expect,” he says, and if the roles were reversed and an actor decided, ‘Well, I’m going to start singing country music now,’ I’d say, “You better get in line behind the rest of us.”

In season 5, the show used some songs from their second full-length album, “Bell Bottom Country,” including the now-raising “Watermelon Moonshine.” However, “Smell Like Smoke”, the song “Yellowstone” currently submitted for Emmy consideration, was penned for the series.

“The few times I sat down with my co-writers to specifically write for ‘Yellowstone’, I tried to make sure it wasn’t too nosey because I usually feel like it’s the songs they chose for the song. The show isn’t really anything specific (according to the plot). But I wanted it to be difficult because ‘ When I think of Yellowstone, I think of heartache, cowboys, faith and self-confidence, but also embracing tough times. I feel like I accidentally do this in my music, in songs like ‘Heart Like a Truck.’ But I kept thinking of characters like Beth and Monica – that’s their It doesn’t have to be a specific storyline, it’s just that vulgar, untidy ‘I know who I am and I’m not afraid to say I’ve been through some shitty thing.’ That’s why we were writing it for the show but it still felt like me.

after sitting with Variation For this interview, Wilson wasn’t sure if his story ended during the mid-season break or if he’d be wanted back (work on the back half of season 5 looks like it will be delayed due to a combination of the writers’ strike and Kevin Costner’s apparent exit).

“I realized that the dengue TV business is even crazier than the music business. With music at least, you can plan your shows a year in advance and be ready to rock ‘n’ roll. So, if Taylor calls me and says, ‘You have to be here,’ I have to figure it out”—in a year when Luke Combs made his inaugural on the wildly successful stadium tour. “They determined the end [of the first half of season 5] somewhere I can or don’t have to come back to – it’s one of those open-ended things. But I was like, “Game me coach! Let ‘s do it. Let me share some more music.’”

Is there more dramaturgy in your future beyond the franchise?

“Songwriting is going to be my number one because that’s what gave me other opportunities. But when I think of Dolly Parton and Reba (with whom she’s duet on the upcoming Judds tribute album), these are the kind of careers I want to have. To shine light and love and to all those little girls. And I want to show the little boys that there’s nothing you can’t do.” Other than maybe squeezing Louisiana out of her voice, “If they want me to have a different accent, I’m going to need help with that,” she admits.

Perhaps this radical transformation will not be necessary for future acting roles: on the screen or especially on the radio, Lainey Wilson playing herself It is clearly a concept that works for America.

Wilson’s rise to the top of country music in a few short years (or not so short if you add the fifteen years he spent not finding a break in Nashville) is a success story celebrated by almost everyone in the neighborhood. the world of country music, especially given the extra barriers that stand in the way of new female artists getting to this level.

“I feel like at some point in time the blessings will run out, and it’s like they keep coming, coming,” he marvels. “Even when I heard that he was being considered for an Emmy nomination, it was as if in a million years it had never occurred to me that it would be a part of my story.” Instead of embracing these things as a plateau, Wilson says, “dreaming bigger, stepping out of this comfort zone. And I know I’ve told you this before, but I always feel like it starts with people seeing something in me before I see it in myself. ‘Yellowstone’ Even with Taylor Sheridan, you know?

Wilson tells the story of how he got into the series – and then – one of the biggest TV phenomena of the 2020s, and continues to be.

“The first time they put a song on the show with mine was season 2. This is called ‘Overtime Work’. That was before I even got a record deal. The show’s music supervisors Andrea Van Foerster and Taylor heard about it through WME, and my manager Mandelyn (Monchick) presented it to WME. They chose it and placed it in one of my favorite scenes in the entire show so far: The bull runs to the bar and jumps and things like that. It was just a terrible scene.

“Taylor Sheridan finally invited me out to Vegas to play a reining contest and we should shake hands and meet up there. And we were connected by horses. I grew up on the back of a horse. I feel more comfortable on stage and I feel more comfortable walking on the back of a horse in everyday life. So we had a lot of things in common… At that point, I said, ‘I had a song on my favorite show that is currently airing – it’s so cool’.

While their songs have been featured in the series since season 2, “The songs I chose that I didn’t write specifically for the show shocked me a bit. Because I have other songs like ‘Rolling Stone’ and ‘Dream Catcher’ and I have more Western songs. But when they pick the song and put it on whatever scene it’s always perfect, wow, that makes so much sense. Beyond “Smell Like Smoke,” the recent “Yellowstone” original (co-authored with Monty Criswell, Derrick George and Lynn Hutton), “5. others in season, like ‘Watermelon Moonshine’ [her currently rising hit] and ‘Hold My Halo’ weren’t written specifically for ‘Yellowstone’, but they fit perfectly and it’s crazy.”

As far as she got into acting, she said, “I’ve never really done anything like this. Of course, I impersonated Hannah Montana throughout middle school and high school. But I never said lines. I mean, I was learning and singing and performing Hannah Montana songs. So I had a lot of fun. I had to step right out of my comfort zone, especially with on-screen kisses, considering I’ve never done anything like this before and then just hung up on it like that, woo. But it’s a very nice experience. Everyone on the set, the actors and the crew encouraged and elevated me. I mean, my first scene was with Beth, Kelly Riley, and she said to me, ‘I never would have thought that if you hadn’t told me this was your first time. Little things like that made me feel like, OK, I can do this. … I really feel like my music and songwriting have opened other doors and I don’t think they’re judging me for that.”

When he recently released two songs “Heart Like a Truck” and “Get in the Truck” (the latter hardy) hit #1 on the Mediabase country broadcast chart weeks apart, demonstrating what very reasonable fears were that the two songs would tear each other apart.

“They raced each other to the finish line. It was nice to watch. We knew it right after the song with Cole Swindell on ‘Heart Like a Truck’ [the joint No. 1 hit “Never Say Never”] That’s what we’re going to be starring in. [as the first single from her “Bell Bottom Country” album]. Then Hardy sent me another truck song and I was like, ‘Truck, truck, truck – here we are!’ But they say write about what you know,” he mocks (although neither track has much to do with trucks).

The song featuring Hardy addresses domestic abuse in a dramatic style reminiscent of Garth Brooks’ movie “The Thunder Rolls.” Although she has no personal experience with the matter, she says, “I know a lot of people have and have experienced this, and it happens behind closed doors a lot more than we want to talk about.” “So I felt a call to be a part of that song and I’m glad I did. For the first time in 40 years I’ve seen a female have back-to-back sex three weeks apart; The last to do this was Crystal Gayle. So we’re breaking records here and it’s fine for me. Let’s break some more!”

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