Lainey Wilson misses shows, asks for prayers for ‘My Deddy’

by Cindy Watts

16 m ago

Lainey Wilson revealed Wednesday that she was unable to play her shows in Iowa this weekend due to a family emergency. Wilson didn’t say much at the time other than to assure fans that she would never miss the final moment unless the situation was critical. She asked for prayers, and members of the country music community immediately jumped in with their well wishes.

Wilson’s duet partner Cole Swindell wrote: “🙏 We love you Lainey 🙏”

Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers offered three heart emojis. RaeLynn wrote: “Prayer pray prayer!!” And Laci Kay Booth said: “Praying for you and your sweet family♥️”

Late that evening, Wilson shared another update. This was a picture of her and her father backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. The caption read: “My dad. My cowboy. Please keep lifting him up in prayer. Toughest man I know. ❤️”

Wilson has been on a career high of late. She and Swindell just celebrated their chart-topping duet “Never Say Never,” her single “Heart Like a Truck” is charging up the airplay charts, and she’s landed an acting role on “Yellowstone,” which is shooting now. The show’s director Taylor Sheridan asked Wilson to join the cast of “Yellowstone” for Season 5, where she will appear in the western production as a musician named “Abby.”

While Wilson is filming her roles on “Yellowstone,” she’s trying to propel “Heart Like a Truck” to No. 1 at country radio, which would be her third No. 1 song.

Wilson wrote “Heart Like A Truck” with Dallas Wilson and Trannie Anderson and said they had to dig deep to make it the emotional, anthemic powerhouse that fans hear on country radio.

“We started writing and we had this more dug-in groove; it was kind of rocking,” Wilson said. “By the time we got about 30 minutes into the song, all three of us were on the same page knowing that this wasn’t the right direction. If we were going to do this, we had to really, really do it and be vulnerable and talk about where I’ve been, but more importantly, where I’m going.”

She says the single is about finding freedom and strength, which she especially needs now as she tries to take care of her family.

The critically acclaimed ensemble also includes Academy Award winner Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham and Gil Birmingham.

Television’s #1 series, “Yellowstone,” makes its triumphant return, premiering Sunday, November 13 on the Paramount Network.

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