A Franklin parishioner, who is currently a rising star in country music, will be giving her first show in her hometown in six years.
Country artist Lenny Wilson will appear on stage at Mustang Sally, 207 Olive Street, Monroe at 6 p.m. on May 13.
It’s been nearly a decade since she left the small farming community of Baskin in a trailer to pursue her dream of a music career in Nashville. Wilson said she learned the lessons and values she learned from her hometown and applied them to her music career.
“I come from a town with a group of hardworking people who take pride in what they do and take pride in working hard for their families,” Wilson said. “Honestly being around this pretty much has carried it into what I do, a completely different job, a completely different way of life, but you still have to get up every day and break your tail and do the same thing to watch anything grow.”
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Wilson said her interest in music came naturally as she came from a musically-leaning family, but that her love for songwriting grew out of listening to stories on her parents’ knees.
“When you’re from a town of 264 people, you have to start improvising and start thinking about things you can do to keep you occupied,” Wilson said. “We were sitting around the kitchen and my mom and dad were telling the same old stories they had told for years but the kind of stories that would get better every time you heard them. I didn’t hear them the first time or hear them differently. I guess that’s why I decided I wanted to tell stories. I wanted to write songs and I wanted to make people feel the same way those stories made me feel whether they were laughing at me or crying, whatever.”
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Describing her sound as “bell country and a bit of bounce,” Wilson said that country music in the 1990s inspired her musical sound.
“I didn’t even realize that country music was a type of music,” Wilson said. “I really thought it was a way of life. When you come from Baskin, that’s what happens but in fact, I loved country music a lot. It was my life. That’s what we’d run on the road. That’s what happened to my mom. I’m going to play in the kitchen. I’d say my voice Right. He’s brave. He’s authentic.”
In 2021, Wilson released her third album, “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin”, which spawned her first number-one single, “Things a Man Oughta Know”. The song reached #1 on the Country Airplay chart, #3 on the Hot Country Songs chart and won Song of the Year at the American Country Music Awards.
Wilson also won “New Country Artist” at the ACMs and “Best New Country Artist” at the iHeart Radio Music Awards. It was also nominated for CMT’s “Video of the Year” for Top 5 Duets with Cole Swindell, “Never Say Never”.
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Wilson is anticipating her next performance in Northeast Louisiana, a place she calls “the trampling yards.”
“It’s going to be a real party,” Wilson said. “Nothing like coming home. I’ve been in Nashville now for 11 years. Northeast Louisiana is the place that made me who I am. It’s the place that inspires me. People ask me all the time, ‘What really inspires you to write music?'” Really they are the people of my hometown. They are the blue collar people who really love what they do and give you the shirt off their back. those people. It’s very special to be able to come home.”
Tickets are currently available at outhousetickets.com. Ticket prices are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.
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