Lainey Wilson had a helluva a year in 2022.
From releasing her Bell Bottom Country album, to a new role as Abby on Yellowstone, and even a couple big award show wins, it’s exciting to think about what more she’ll do this year.
But today, I wanna throw it back to a baby-faced Lainey singing Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner’s “Better Move It On Home” years back.
The song was written by Ray Griff and first recorded in 1970, and it was included on the tracklist for their The Best of Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton duet album in 1971.
“Better Move It On Home” was released as a single in early 1971, and peaked at #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The album also peaked at the # 7spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country LP’s chart.
And eventually, it was nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group at the 14th Annual Grammy Awards.
To say it’s a country classic by two country icons is probably an understatement.
They actually put this record out just three years before Dolly terminated her contract with Porter, after working together for seven years.
Back in the 1960’s, Dolly got a coveted spot on The Porter Wagoner Show, and the two of them worked together as a duo singing and filming the show together. It thrust Dolly into the national spotlight and launched her decades-long career in the country music business.
She’d always promised him she would spend five years on the show, and after that time was up, she wanted to start a solo career. Unfortunately, it led to a falling out and a huge legal battle.
Porter filed a $3 million lawsuit against her in 1979, alleging a breach of contract. Eventually, it was settled out of court, and the two reconciled years later and remained close friends until he passed in 2007.
Anywho, Lainey absolutely crushed this acoustic cover, going back and forth doing both Dolly and Porter’s parts on her own.
It’s easy to see how she’s become the country star of the moment when you watch this, that’s for sure:
“Better Move It On Home”