Lainey Wilson small town roots are the very reason she has a surprising connection to fellow Louisiana native Tim McGraw. She recently revealed during a sit down with Garth Brooks that one of her relatives used to care for the country veteran when he was a child.

"Tim grew up right down the road from me," she shared. "My step-grandmother used to actually babysit him. But I've never met Tim."

The "Hang Tight Honey" singer grew up in Baskin, La., which — according to Google — is just a 22-minute drive from Start, La., where McGraw grew up.

Who Are Lainey Wilson's Heroes in Country Music?

During their conversation, Wilson and Brooks talked about the impact that '90s country had on Wilson's childhood. He asked her to divulge who her country heroes are.

"Of course, I love my Dolly Parton," she gushes. "She's one of the people that I go to that I'm like man, how has she — she's done it all. She's kept songwriting the main focus, but she has not been scared to step outside the box and try new things."

Then Wilson turned the conversation to Brooks himself.

"I'm not saying it just cause you're sitting here, but, I mean, you too," she confesses. "The way that you have, first of all, stayed true to yourself and you treat everybody with kindness. That right there, I think, goes the furthest."

"It's one of those things, you know everybody goes, you don't want to meet your heroes," she continues. "Everybody told me, they said meeting you would be a little different."

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32 Times Lainey Wilson Stunned in Bell Bottoms

Lainey Wilson has exploded onto the country scene in the past few years. In 2023, she became the CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Ever since she stepped onto the big stages, Wilson has always rocked a pair of bell bottoms. It has become her signature look. Let's take a look at 32 times Lainey Wilson stunned in bell bottoms.

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