Bell Bottoms With A Flare, country music singer Lainey Wilson talks about her retro western flair and tenacity to be an artist

Music moves and the aesthetic style that accompanies genres also has the power to move us. Country singer Lainey Wilson has a distinct retro flair that makes her easily spotted in a room. Since she was a child, Lainey hasn’t been seen without bell-bottom flared pants, on or off stage. It’s her style and warm and inviting Southern personality that makes Lainey attractive to her fans in the United States and around the world.

“I call my style my music and my bell bottom country aesthetic,” she explains– from the way I speak to the way I sound, that thick country accent is where Country comes in. Country music is my heart and soul. This is all I have known and what my family listened to every day. It’s more than a genre of music for me, it was a lifestyle.

But there is a story behind his sartorial narrative. “The whole thing from the bottom of the bell – well, I like the things that come with a good story, whether it’s an older song or retro clothes. I can go to a vintage store and see a shirt that I like and say to myself, “I like that”, and I might not know the story behind it, but it’s just nice to wear. something that has character and knowing that there is a story in the clothes, or there is a story in the song. I’m a sucker for a good story, she thinks.

It was during a childhood Christmas that Lainey’s parents bought him and his sister a set of bell stockings, Lainey a blue leopard and her sister a pink. “I wore it all the time and my mom said ‘okay Lainey, you have to take it off, we have to wash this.’ I’ve always been obsessed with this stuff. She remembers when she was a child rummaging through her grandmother’s closet, wanting to wear her crystalline ’40s high heels shoes. “I was the only grandson interested in vintage. I wanted to rummage in his closet and see his rabbit fur coats and prance around the house with them. It has always been a thing of mine.

Now that she is an artist, expressing herself through music and fashion, Lainey calls her style “Country with a retro twist and a western twist”. If she ever wins a Grammy, the red carpet will surely see something unique. “Can’t wait for someone to make a bell costume with a train on the bottom. I have all of these visions and I think they can come to life. she shines.

Born in northeast Louisiana to a farmer, Lainey learned what toughness meant and how she was raised turned into her dream of making music. Life on the farm has its challenges, but she has taught him never to give up on his musical career, which demands the ultimate level of perseverance. Growing up riding and participating in rodeos, Lainey remembers when her father bought her, his first horse at the age of nine, the horse being two years old. “Dad brought the horse home and it hadn’t been broken, only one person had ridden it. My dad saddled him and told me to come up and I kept crying and saying, ‘no daddy, he wasn’t broken.’ My dad said to me ‘Wait, you’re okay.’ It was a defining moment in my life because every time I feel like giving up, I hold on. Life is a mad rush, and my dad didn’t know it back then, but it’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve ever learned about not giving up on my music career – because let me tell you. , you have to hold on. “

And this lesson from his father has paid off in many ways. On Valentine’s Day last year, she made her Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville, Bell Bottom of course.

I love what I do, it’s one of the only things I know how to do, and damn it, I’m gonna do it.

“I’m pretty stubborn and half-crazy to keep going because you hear so many no’s,” “it’s not for you”, “you have to try something else”, but I’ve always known from a young age that I wanted to be in Nashville. From 9 years old, I knew but I knew it was the peace of the Lord. I have worked there all my life. In high school Lainey was a Hannah Montana impersonator, in college she was part of a group called the Cadillac Kings, and his goal has always been to establish his own musical career on his behalf.

“I knew it would take a long time for me to get to where I want to go, but whatever it takes, you have to work for it. Whenever I was told no, I knew it was one step closer to getting a yes. I love what I do, it’s one of the only things I know how to do, and damn it, I’m gonna do it.

I remember seeing Lainey perform in London at the C2C Music Festival in 2019 and she had a full house during her set. I only knew her single, “Workin ‘Overtime” and since she was in charge of the venue, I knew she was a special artist with her talent and style. ” This is little moments like this that keep me going, ”Lainey says of that night in London. “I was in Nashville for seven years before I was offered a publishing deal, but those moments let me know that I’m on the right track, that I’m not there yet, but that I’m going into the good direction. I think that’s how I’ll always be. I don’t know where that cap is and I don’t know if I’ll feel like I’ve made it, I think I’ll always be like ‘what’s next?’ I will be grateful for what I have received, move on and see what the next thing is.

And the idea that she has fans all over the world makes Lainey blush. “It just shows how special country music is. I come from a town of 300 people in northeast Louisiana, as podunk as a town can be. Knowing that someone is listening to my music on the other side of the world who didn’t grow up like me, but that we can still understand each other because we have something in common, we may not know what that it is, maybe this is how we felt or just our love for country music is pretty cool.

While the past year has been a challenge for the world at large, Lainey hasn’t wasted a single moment. She spent most of 2020 writing. Thank goodness for writing songs, it’s my form of therapy. Getting up and putting on an outfit is one way of expressing myself. But last year I was able to get up but I had nowhere to go. During this time, I wrote over 200 songs. I learned to stand still and be present. From sitting on her porch drinking coffee, talking to God, and getting around projects around the house like painting her bathroom and learning to cook, Lainey embraced the stillness of 2020. “Before I could spoil a Hot Pocket, I’m fine now ”, she laughs.

For this year, Lainey is hoping to be on the road again, performing at a live show. “People need music, I need music to see someone pour out their heart and soul on stage and feel it with them. I’m excited. Fans can expect great music, that I continue to be crazy on social media, and they can expect me to hug because hugs are what we need this year.


Lainey’s latest single, “Things A Man Oughta Know”

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