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Season five of Yellowstone brings us a few new characters, one of them being Abby. Abby is a musician played by the talented Lainey Wilson.
Lainey Wilson is an American country music singer-songwriter and actress. She was born on May 19, 1992, in Baskin, Louisiana.
|Born:||May 19, 1992, Baskin, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Occupation:||Singer, Songwriter, Actress|
|Social Media:||Spotify, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube|
Abby makes her first appearance in Yellowstone during the season five premiere. She chats with Beth at John’s inauguration, stating that she would never date a cowboy.
Beth makes a snide remark at Abby’s outfit, to which Abby replies “I sing later. Gotta wear something flashy onstage, something fun. The crowd likes it.”
“I pretty much get to be myself. I get to wear my bell bottoms, I get to be me, I get to talk with an accent, I get to sing my songs,” Wilson told Country Now when asked about her character Abby on Yellowstone.
Wilson only began her professional singing career in 2014 but has already been a worldwide sensation. While she may have already made an impact in the music world, Yellowstone is just her first acting credit.
Before making her acting debut in the popular Neo-Western drama, Wilson had several songs featured in the show. Such songs include “Small Town, Girl,” “Straight Up Sideways” and “Workin’ Overtime.”
Here is an interview Lainey Wilson gave about her role as Abby in Yellowstone:
Most Popular Lainey Wilson Songs
- “Workin’ Overtime” 2018
- “Dirty Looks” 2021
- “Rolling Stone” 2021
- “Live Off” 2022
- “Watermelon Moonshine” 2022
- “Never Say Never” 2022
- “Heart Like A Truck” 2022
- “Wait in the Truck” 2022
- “Things A Man Oughta Know” 2021
- “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’” 2021
7 Facts About Lainey Wilson
Wilson grew up in a small town in Louisiana with a population of only 250 people where her father was a farmer, and her mother was a school teacher.
Growing up, the family often listened to classic country music by Buck Owens and Glen Campbell.
When she was just nine years old, her family went to the Grand Ole Opry where Wilson was drawn to the performers, realizing that singing is what she wanted to do. Shortly after, she began writing her own songs and her dad taught her a couple of chords.
In high school, Wilson took a job performing as a Hannah Montana impersonator. She would perform at birthday parties, festivals and fairs across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
In August 2011, Wilson made the big move to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in singing. In the beginning, she lived in a camping trailer outside of a recording studio.
The studio owner paid for Wilson’s water and electricity to help make ends meet. In the beginning, she played small shows and focused on songwriting. In 2014, she released her first self-titled album.
In 2019, she began to break through in the world of country music with her EP release Redneck Hollywood. She received attention from Country Music Television and even toured with artist Morgan Wallen.
By 2021, “Things a Man Oughta Know” became her breakout single, as it climbed the ranks, reaching number three on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and number one on the Country Songs chart. That same year she was also a supporting act on Jason Aldean’s “Back in the Saddle Tour.”
To date, Wilson has four studio albums: Lainey Wilson (2014), Tougher (2016), Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ (2021), and Bell Bottom Country (2022).
While her genre is country, she also incorporates elements of pop, southern rock, contemporary country, and classic country into her music.
After her breakthrough in 2019, Wilson has continued to see success in her music career. In 2021 she won the Academy of Country Music Awards for New Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year – “Things a Man Oughta Know.”
In 2022, she took home the Country Music Association Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year.
She Got Her Role on Yellowstone After the Show Played Her Songs
After Yellowstone aired three of Wilson’s songs, show creator Taylor Sheridan reached out to her about starring in the show.
The third episode of season five even featured a surprise drop from Wilson with her new song “Smell Like Smoke.”
“They’ve put three of my songs in a show so far. They’ve just been good to me. They were a fan of my music and they did that for me. Then Taylor Sheridan, the writer and producer, reached out to me in February. I’ve become friends with him over the last few years. He called and said, ‘I want to create a character specifically for you. What you say about it?’ I said, ‘You sure you want to do that?’” said Wilson.
Wilson is a huge fan of Beth Dutton and the actress who plays her, Kelly Reilly. Since Wilson’s debut on the show, she has become quick friends with Reilly. Reilly even told Wilson that she hopes Abby will become Beth’s first friend on the show.
While Wilson has been able to form a friendship with Reilly, she has yet to meet the show’s main star, Kevin Costner.
“I didn’t get a chance to meet Kevin. We were actually in some of the same scenes, but they kind of put him in and pulled him out ’cause he’s a busy man. He’s in the entire show, so they’ve got so many scenes they gotta get with him,” said Wilson.
While Wilson has yet to meet Costner, she has been thoroughly enjoying her time on set. Not only has she become friends with Reilly but she has got warm welcomes from many of the cast members.
“I became good friends with Beth, Kelly Reilly. She’s a spitfire, but she’s also one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. And I became friends with a lot of them. I mean they welcomed me with open arms… and they just made me feel comfortable,” said Wilson.
Below is a snippet of the Yellowstone podcast with Lainey Wilson:
Lainey Wilson appears to be unmarried and has made no announcements regarding having a significant other. However, Wilson tends to remain private about her personal life on social media.
Growing up on a farm, Wilson began riding horses at a young age. She even shares her horses on social media, including in 2021, when she posted a video of her riding her horse named Tex on Instagram.
“My daddy put me on the back of a horse when I was 9 years old. … I was on the back of a horse before I could even walk. … He would bring these horses home from horse sales that were not broke. He’d say, ‘Ride it. Get on it and ride it,” she told Mainstreet Nashville.
Lainey Wilson is currently on tour, making several stops through America from the end of 2022 through August 2023. You can check here to see if Wilson is coming to a city near you.