The song is Lainey Wilson's latest single to impact Country Radio, and the sweet, rose-tinted ballad is already surging towards the Top 20 on the Mediabase chart.
Many critics and fans are expecting ‘Watermelon Moonshine’ to become Lainey's fifth career No. 1 in the coming weeks, and the release of the accompanying music video will no doubt give the much-loved track an additional boost.
The visuals bring the song's story to life, as we follow a teenage couple discovering love in a sepia-tinged small-town. Although the romance was not destined to last, Lainey laces the wide-eyed wonder of youth into each lyric, as she recalls the romance the two enjoyed - which was instigated “with the help of a mason jar” of ‘Watermelon Moonshine’.
Although Lainey Wilson does not play the video's protagonist, the wistful video is interspersed with shots of the ‘Heart Like A Truck’ hitmaker, as she narrates the heartwarming yet bittersweet tale (“Too young to know what love was / But we were learnin' on a sweet buzz”).
The video ends movingly at it begins - with a flash-forward to an older version of the teenage girl, as she returns to the spot where they fell in love. She proceeds to dig up the old mason jar that she was drinking from that summer evening long ago. Touchingly, inside the jar is a scrappy old note left by the boy, which reads ‘Don't forget me’.
The visuals for ‘Watermelon Moonshine’ are not as weighty as the ominous, stormy video for Lainey Wilson's HARDY collaboration, ‘wait in the truck’, but instead carry a refreshing vibrance and overwhelming sense of nostalgia throughout.
Off the back of this, it seems inevitable that ‘Watermelon Moonshine’ will soon soar to the top of the charts.
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