Review: Lainey Wilson – Watermelon Moonshine

When Lainey Wilson released her fourth album ‘Bell Bottom Country’ in 2022, it was clear ‘Watermelon Moonshine’ was destined to be a hit single. With the perfected country music tropes: young love, reckless (and underage) drinking, ‘first times’, summer. The arrangement of the track echoes the lyrics almost like a mirror, there’s twanging guitar married to an acoustic guitar that gives the track that dreamy, reminiscent sound and Wilson’s voice goes from soft and gentle to powerful in seconds – just at the right time, too. Comparisons to Deana Carter’s slightly controversial 1996 anthem ‘Strawberry Wine’ are well founded, but Wilson avoided any finger wagging by making her protagonist 18 years old, making the song unblemished.  


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