“If my truck told all my secrets, if my tailgate told on me, my mama would flip out, everybody in Baytown would think I’d gone to hell,” RaeLynn says onstage at Nashville’s City Winery. The Texas native, who competed during Season 2 of The Voice in 2012, recently released the sunny “Tailgate,” which she penned with Canaan Smith, Corey Crowder and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard.
The platinum-selling artist performed the song last June as part of the kick-off for the three-part “in the round” Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) series “Artists and the Songwriters They Love.” She was joined for the intimate, acoustic showcase by fellow songwriters Corey Crowder, Emily Weisband and Jimmy Robbins. While introducing the song, RaeLynn’s mention of her F-150 truck earned cheers from the crowd (the NSAI series was sponsored by Ford).
“The funny thing is I played this song for my mom,” RaeLynn continued in her introduction to the tune. “I was really nervous. My mom’s a pastor, [she’s] so hilarious. When she heard it she goes, ‘At this point, Rae, I just want you to have a Number One, so if you put that damn song out, I’m gonna be all for it.'”
“Tailgate” is the follow-up to RaeLynn’s “Queens Don’t,” released in March of this year. The single was her first since signing as a songwriter to the Florida Georgia Line-helmed publishing company Tree Vibez Music. A release date for a new album, the follow-up to her 2017 debut, WildHorse, has yet to be announced.