It was a big week for Lainey Wilson. On Wednesday, the country music star won the coveted CMA award — New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year — and on Sunday, she made her season 5 debut. Yellowstone. You know, justthe most watched show on television.
Wilson’s character in the Yellowstone you’re like him, he’s a singer. His music has been featured on the show before, and, like Ryan Bingham (who plays Walker), he will also be performing his own original music in the series. But how did you get here?
“I met [series co-creator and executive producer] Taylor Sheridan after he put one of my songs on the show,” said the singer, who recently released his new album Bell Bottom Country, he said in an interview with New York Post Office. “He invited me to Vegas for a horse riding competition. And we’re really kind of committed to horses. “
Lainey Wilson played Abby in the drama Yellowstone Season 5 premiere.
At the tail end of the Yellowstone the first episode took a little time to jump and showed John Dutton (Kevin Costner) who won the election and became the Governor of Montana, with a group celebrating his victory. At this party, we get the old one Yellowstone friends Shane Smith and the Saints playing (another banger, this time titled “Dance the Night Away”) while a number of entertaining scenes play out on the screen.
While the bunkhouse boys (and Teeter) mess around with their lassos, we see one lady, Abby (Wilson) looking down at them, paying some attention to Ryan. Beth leaves, and as they talk we get a clearer picture of their philosophies. Abby (who, like the woman she portrays, is an actress) vows never to date a cowboy, because he will never be the most important thing to them; will remain second in the pecking order behind Cowboy Life. Beth laughs her nose at the idea in typical Beth fashion; he’s biased (as Rip sits in the field watching), but he chooses someone who lives a full life and something to share with him.
This may have ignited something in Abby, who doesn’t need to flirt with Ryan when she finally gets around to giving in to his charms. Admittedly, it’s a great moment as he asks her to dance, and then hypnotizes her into forcing her to join him (The Shane Smith song that’s still playing helps tie it in).
There is always a lot going on Yellowstone, but is it enough to say that the show is much better when it welcomes these musical moments (Shane Smith) and guest stars (Lainey Wilson)? Sure, we’re here for the Western stuff, of course – but the entertainment stuff is a necessary balance.
Evan is the culture editor for Men’s Health, with columns in the New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine, and VICE. He likes weird movies, watches a lot of TV, and listens to music more often than not.