Country music breakout star Lainey Wilson has brought another "Yellowstone" episode to new heights. The hit drama series introduced Wilson's character "Abby" during the premiere of Season 5, a flirtatious musician with eyes on a cowboy named Ryan.
During the latest episode (Nov. 27) of Paramount Network's record-breaking binge, the singer-songwriter debuted an original song titled, "New Friends."
Although the mid-tempo track is a playlist-worthy hit, TV junkies easily could have missed the teaser if they weren't listening closely. The song played in the background as Jamie Dutton [West Bentley] and Sarah Atwood [Dawn Olivieri] mingled at a luxurious bar in Montana. The casual interaction led to a bathroom affair, which encouraged Beth to look into Atwood and her secretive motive.
"Who tuned in for @yellowstone episode 4?? Surprise! I had another new song hiding in tonight's episode when Jamie and Sarah were flirting at the bar 😉," Wilson wrote on Instagram.
Her recognizable twang did not go unnoticed by devoted fans.
"I heard your vocals back there. Thought they were gonna pan over to you somewhere," said a follower. "I KNEW IT!!!! Wow, thank you for the continuous bops," shared another. "Always can call out your voice 🤠So good!!!"
"New Friends" conveys a story about a woman in desperate need of a distraction and a second chance with a specific lover that got away. The steady percussion intertwined with traditional country instrumentals like the fiddle and steel guitar makes "New Friends" a perfect track for the western watch. Wilson co-wrote "New Friends" alongside Mark Irwin and Park Chisolm.
"I might sound crazy, but you know I've always been | And at least I ain't lonely except every now and then | Ain't nothing here can hold me like only you can | If you ain't coming back, baby | I'm thinking maybe I could use some new friends," Wilson sings in the contagious chorus. "I've been waiting on the sunshinе, listening to the rain | Staring out the window likе the view is gonna change | Chasing my own shadow | Like it's tryna get away."
The Jay Joyce-produced song comes on the heels of her latest song, "Smell Like Smoke," which dropped during episode three of "Yellowstone." Both songs are now included on her chart-topping sophomore album "Bell Bottom Country." The collection features her smash hit "Heart Like a Truck," "Watermelon Moonshine," and "Hold My Halo," which was also on this season.
Not only did "Yellowstone" fans receive new music, but an action-packed episode that answered numerous questions. The opening scene starts with Beth [ Kelly Reilly] behind bars, following her arrest for aggravated assault. It wasn't long until Jamie bailed Beth out, despite their choke-hold-like agreement that includes blackmail.
While exiting the police station, she quickly notices a baby seat in his car. In Season 4, viewers learned about his affair with campaign manager Christina [Katherine Cunningham]. Although the family knew about their secretive relationship, they were unaware that they had a child together. While he expressed his regret, Beth threatened to take away the baby.
As the two "siblings" juggle their differences, the wolf problem concerning the bunkhouse boys [ Ryan and Colby] is brought to Governor Dutton's [Kevin Costner] attention at the capitol building. The Fish and Wildlife authorities give Dutton a fair warning, as they believe that the ranchers are killing the protected animals.
As Dutton talks himself out of the illegal situation, his son Kayce Dutton [Luke Grimes] and his wife Monica [Kelsey Asbille] held a Native American burial for their newborn son at the ranch.
The episode concludes with animal activist Summer Higgins [Piper Perabo] being released from Prison and scoring a job working for the governor. In the previous season – the two had a one-night-stand, but they promised to keep their friendship "professional" this time.
"Yellowstone" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Paramount Network. CMT is slated to recap "Yellowstone" Season 5 weekly.