Rising singer-songwriter Lainey Wilson today releases her new EP, ‘Redneck Hollywood’, following her third trip to the UK last week including shows with superstar Josh Turner and an appearance at The Long Road, as well as on-air performances for BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends and BBC Radio London, among others. Produced by mastermind Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Keith Urban, Little Big Town), the four-track project is Wilson’s first release with BMG/BBR Music Group’s Broken Bow Records. The EP title is drawn from lyrics in the semi-autobiographical track, “LA,” which celebrates the Louisiana native’s down-home upbringing, zest for life and dreams of making it in this big world. Listen to Redneck Hollywood here.
In just four songs (all of which she co-wrote), Redneck Hollywood highlights Lainey’s depth as an artist like never before as she offers a thoughtful look into her psyche and all of its complexity. In this collection, listeners will discover Lainey’s prolific ability to channel her thoughts, values, charisma, vulnerability and identity into her songwriting in a relatable, yet intimate approach. With “Things A Man Oughta Know,” Wilson treats the world to a lesson in how to treat others and maintain high standards, with an underlying grace while “Dirty Looks” commends hard work, no matter how unfashionable the task may be. Mixing traditional Country sounds with grit, soul and just a bit of funk, Lainey has developed her own “bell bottom country” sound that reflects both her personality and her preferred fashion aesthetic. Through it all, one thing is clear, Redneck Hollywood is 100 percent Lainey Wilson.
“This project gives a snapshot of my story and moments in my life that have led me to exactly where I am today—growing up in northeast Louisiana, the word ‘redneck’ was a way of life. It’s a word outsiders would use to describe us and a word we’d proudly call ourselves,” said Lainey Wilson. “I’m a proud Louisianan, and always will be, but from a very early age I’ve had stars in my eyes for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and I’d like to think that little twinkle helped propel me toward following my dreams and continues to keep me reaching further.”
Wilson moved to Nashville in a ‘bumper-pull’ camper trailer, which she lived in for three years, as she relentlessly wrote her way into the tight-knit Nashville songwriting community, eventually establishing herself as an in-demand songwriter and someone to watch. Following the independent release of her self-titled EP in April 2018, she landed a record deal with BBR Music Group/BMG, was named CMT’s Next Women of Country for 2019, earned a spot opening for chart-topping country artist Morgan Wallen during his 2019 If I Know Me tour and wowed audiences in the UK so fervently, bookers had additional tour offers in her inbox before she even touched down back in the States.
Lainey’s live performances, with her guitar-wielding rock ‘n’ roll swagger and rousing dance moves (some even featured in her recent video performing “The Git Up” with Blanco Brown), has earned her slots playing hundreds of shows with greats like Randy Houser, Joe Nichols, The Cadillac Three, Deana Carter and more. Hot off another European run, where she performed alongside Eric Paslay in Germany and Josh Turner across the UK, Lainey shows no signs of slowing down. In the coming weeks she will begin her first US radio tour, taking her first single to Country radio.
‘REDNECK HOLLYWOOD’ TRACK LISTING:
1. “Straight Up Sideways” — (Lainey Wilson, Reid Isbell, Jason Nix, Dan Alley)
2. “Dirty Looks” — (Lainey Wilson, Smith Ahnquist, Brent Anderson)
3. “Things A Man Oughta Know” — (Lainey Wilson, Jonathan Singleton, Jason Nix)
4. “LA” — (Lainey Wilson, Hannah Dasher, Frank Romano)
Listen to Redneck Hollywood everywhere digitally now. For more information and upcoming tour dates, please visit her website and follow along on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.