Trannie Anderson Reflects On Lainey Wilson's Journey To CMA Victory

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Trannie Anderson has known Lainey Wilson from the time she was living in a camper trailer during her earliest days in Nashville, Tennessee, to her victory as the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Anderson reflected on meeting Wilson at a local coffee shop shortly after she moved to Music City in 2015, she said on the latest episode of God’s Country, a podcast about “the intersection of country music and the great outdoors,” hosted by Dan and Reid Isbell. The hit songwriter is credited with joining Wilson to pen smash-hit Bell Bottom Country singles “Heart Like A Truck” and “Wildflowers and Wild Horses,” among others.

Most recently, Anderson is credited with writing Wilson’s latest anthem, “Country’s Cool Again,” along with Dallas Wilson and Aslan Freeman. The reigning iHeartRadio Music Awards Country Song of the Year winner (“Heart Like A Truck”) said when she first introduced the song that “country isn’t just a genre for me or for any of us that live and breathe it every single day. It’s a way of life. It’s always been cool and I think I speak for everyone when I say, we’re just glad it’s gettin’ a little more recognition and love these days. Welcome to the party, cowgirls and cowboys.”

“Hit songwriter Trannie Anderson joins Dan and Reid Isbell to talk about her love for the Peach Pickers, her incredibly athletic family (including her NBA-playing grandfather, Buckshot O’Brien), and growing up on a ranch next door to George W. Bush. She tells the story of a memorable show-and-tell at school, and how Dan and Reid gave her a bow hunting lesson during a Zoom co-write.”

Dan and Reid — who have written music for Luke CombsMiranda LambertScotty McCreeryJon Pardi, and others — started their weekly podcast this year. Guests appearing on the show so far include HARDYDustin LynchColbie Caillat and others.

“One of our favorite things about country music has always been how intertwined it is with the outdoors,” Dan and Reid Isbell said in a statement when God’s Country launched. They hope to “bring the outdoor enthusiast or country music lover an up close and personal look into the minds of some of the best songwriters and artists of the genre — a place where they can be honest about struggles, relationships, their connection to the outdoors, the music business, family, whatever they feel comfortable talking about. We can’t wait to see where this partnership will lead and who this podcast will reach.”

The iHeartPodcasts/MeatEater show is available anywhere you listen to podcasts, including in the iHeartRadio app. Select country stations will broadcast the show between 7-11:30 p.m. local time on Sunday evenings. Find God's Country here.

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