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Lainey Wilson hasn’t had the best luck with the weather this year.
In June, Wilson’s concert at the Carolina Country Music Fest came to a near halt when a storm rolled through. Her band covered their gear with tarps and left the stage.
But instead of taking cover too, Wilson remained onstage. She delivered a cappella renditions of “Heart Like a Truck” and “wait in the truck” in the pouring rain.
@taylorruane81 No band, all voice = perfection 😍 #laineywilson #heartlikeatruck #ccmf2023 ♬ original sound – taylorruane81
Then in July, lightning struck Wilson’s gear before her performance in Charlotte, North Carolina. She improvised, and performed an acoustic set with just one band member.
“We ain’t ever gonna let it rain on this parade…Charlotte, thank y’all for singin loud and proud with us,” Wilson said after the show.
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On Friday (September 8), Wilson prepared to perform for a sold-out crowd at Billy Bob’s Texas. But she faced a challenge when lightning struck some of the iconic venue’s sound equipment. Needless to say, this caused some pretty serious tech issues.
Once again, Wilson found herself needing to improvise due to lightning. This time, she grabbed a megaphone and sang through it to help project her voice during the outage.
Wilson had a crew member hold the megaphone for her so she could still play guitar. One TikTok clip shows her making light of the situation, saying, “Clearly we’re having some technical difficulties.”
Unfortunately, the megaphone wasn’t the best substitute for a microphone. So she switched gears, and stopped singing her own material.
Instead, Wilson launched into a cover of Keith Whitley‘s “When You Say Nothing At All,” and asked the crowd to sing along. She also surprised everyone mid-show by inviting Randy Travis onstage for a surprise appearance:
“It ain’t every night you get to bring out the legend @therandytravis nor sing through a megaphone but we covered both of those last night at @billybobstexas,” Wilson said on Instagram. “Thank y’all for your patience while we waited for the power to kick back on…guess ya could say lightning likes us these days.”
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According to the TikTok user who uploaded a video of Wilson’s megaphone performance, the outage thankfully didn’t last long.
“This powerhouse of a woman works so hard she even tried to play via mega phone!!” the concertgoer said. “Power outage didn’t last long and @BillyBobsTexas staff had her back up and rollin! THE BEST CONCERT I HAVE EVER BEEN TOO!“
Check out the video of Wilson singing through a megaphone below. This proves why she just earned nine CMA Award nominations, including a nod for Entertainer of the Year!