Ok I’m not a deeply religious person but I definitely feel blessed to have been at Bush Hall this evening to witness Lainey Wilson’s UK debut. As they say, you only get one chance to make a first impression and hell, what an impression this Nashville based singer/songwriter made right from the moment she walked on stage as part of London’s Country Music Week.
Opening for label mates Jimmie Allen and Chase Rice, I’m still reeling from the way she had the entire room in the palm of her hand from the start and clapping along to her opening number, the upbeat “Working Overtime” taken from her recent self titled EP. I’ve honestly never seen an artist who is known to only a tiny minority of the audience make such an immediate connection and impact. On the other extreme there was complete silence during her ballads (such as the as yet unrecorded “ Two Story House” and yes I’m confident that is the correct spelling, it tells of how she and her sister went on to lead totally different lives despite their common upbringing ) ……you really could hear a pin drop and Lainey herself even remarked that “I can’t even get people in Nashville to be that quiet!” . Whether showing her sassy side (as on “My Middle Finger”) or her on the more gospel inspired writes (check out “High On Somethin’“
her vocals were totally secure with an interesting edginess and impressive range.
Telling us just enough about each song to be of interest ( “have you ever heard anyone talk so country?” she joked, referring to her strong Louisiana drawl ) I’d love to see her at a writers round. Then again I’d love to see her rock out with a full band too!!
She told us that her family wanted to come over to the UK with her when they heard about this visit, and she told them that maybe they could come next time …”if you’ll have me back?” she asked us….and a resounding cheer made it more than clear that Lainey will be welcome here anytime.
Amen to that!
Until then, I’ll leave you with the brand new lyric video to her infectious track “Waste Of Good Whiskey”
Keep up to date with all Lainey’s news, including her album due for release on Broken Bow Records next year, at laineywilson.com
Review written by Lesley Hastings (twitter.com/lesleyhastings)