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See Runaway June’s Yearning ‘Wild West’ in the Opry Lounge

Country trio’s new single name-checks member Jennifer Wayne’s grandfather, John Wayne

Country trio Runaway June recently released a studio recording of their latest single “Wild West,” a follow-up to their upbeat Top 25 single “Lipstick.” Back in October 2016, the emerging group – Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne – made their debut at the Grand Ole Opry and performed “Wild West” backstage in the Opry Lounge. (Watch the performance above.)

Written by Wayne, Justin Lantz and Billy Montana, “Wild West” describes a desire for a reckless, thrilling love without reservation – one that refuses to settle into a quiet routine. “Baby you can steal my heart like Jesse James / Come in guns blazin’ just like old John Wayne,” sings Cooke, referencing the legendary movie tough guy who was also Wayne’s real-life grandfather. The Opry Lounge performance is stripped to the basics: three acoustic guitars, some subtle Dobro work and three voices that harmonize like a family band.

Runaway June will make a return visit to the Grand Ole Opry this week, stepping into the famed circle on July 12th. They’ll also hit the road this fall, supporting Jon Pardi’s Lucky Tonight Tour, along with the Texas trio Midland. This weekend, they’re set to play Ogden, Utah, with Drake White and the Big Fire. 

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