Photography by Sarah Cahill
In the midst of her own full slate of headlining shows, one of country music's most in-demand female powerhouses, Lainey Wilson, delivered a stunning set of her signature Bell Bottom Country on Saturday night (April 15), as Luke Combs' "World Tour" rolled into Nashville's Nissan Stadium for two back-to-back nights.
Serving as direct support, along with Riley Green, Flatland Cavalry and Brent Cobb, Wilson made her middle slot feel like a headlining show, even if we only got her lightning-in-a-bottle artistry for 40 minutes or less.
The Louisiana native, who last week earned an astounding six ACM nominations, started things off with a bang as she exploded onto the stage with 'Hold My Halo,' one of the high-energy tunes that can be found on her sophomore album, Bell Bottom Country, released last October.
In fact, the reigning CMT Female Video of the Year winner took the chance to display quite a few of the tracks from Bell Bottom Country, including the groovy 'Hillbilly Hippie,' an intimate look into her life with 'Live Off' and the slow-rolling 'Watermelon Moonshine,' which was featured in the latest season of breakout show Yellowstone.
During her set, she talked fans through her journey of growing up playing music in her hometown of Baskin, Louisiana to rolling into Music City in her camper trailer where she lived for three years. She also told the story of her first time attending a show at Nissan Stadium, to now gracing the stage at the very same venue.
Photography by Sarah Cahill
Wilson earned a roaring choir from the crowd as she broke out her first No. 1 country single, 'Things A Man Oughta Know,' towards the end of her set. The debut tune from the decorated artist marked the beginning of what would be a rollercoaster past two years for Wilson.
Bringing the latest of her collaboration catalogue, 'wait in the truck,' to the Nashville stadium, Wilson busted out a couple of takes of the chorus. Though HARDY didn't make an appearance and we only got a snippet of the soon-to-be No. 1 single, the crowd couldn't help but scream the words back.
Wilson quickly faded into her most recent No. 1 hit, 'Heart Like A Truck,' which sent the crowd into a frenzy. Notching her third trip to the top of the charts and her second as a solo artist, the song marked a magnificent end to an overall phenomenal set - one demanding of headline stadium status.
Wilson continues on the "World Tour" with Luke Combs over the next few weeks, with upcoming stops in Detroit, Michigan; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois before she battles it out on the ACM stage in Frisco, Texas on May 11 at the 2023 ACM Awards.
Lainey Wilson - Setlist
Taken from Lainey's set supporting Luke Combs at Nissan Stadium, Nashville on Saturday, April 16th, 2023.
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