County singer Gretchen Wilson still produces music albums
Q: I still watch the Country Music Awards show, but I can’t hear a word about Gretchen Wilson from Pocahontas. Is she still there? She appears to have been like a shooting star – standing one minute and missing the next.
A: Hey buddy, keep chilling those brewskis. It’s a redneck that’s always there to party.
Granted, one of the area’s favorite girls is no longer in the spotlight when she exploded onto the stage. For those with short memories, the woman who left school after eighth grade to sing in local bars signed with Epic Records in 2003. Within a year, her debut album, “Here for the Party”, had reached number 1 and, on October 20, 2006, was certified five times multi-platinum (5 million albums sold).
He also rocked four Top 10 singles: âWhen I Think About Cheatin ‘â (# 4), âHere for the Partyâ (# 3), âHomewreckerâ (# 2) and, of course, her signature song, “Redneck Woman” (No. 1). The effort earned her a 2005 Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance as well as nominations for Best New Artist (she lost to Maroon 5), Best Country Song (lost to “Live Like You Were Dying”) by Tim McGraw and Best Country Album (lost to “Van Lear Rose” by country legend Loretta Lynn). Pretty heady business for a 31-year-old upstart.
It appeared that the former singer with Sam A. Lama and the Ding Dongs and Baywolfe was just getting started. Quickly following its hot launch, Wilson released “All Jacked Up” in September 2005 and also watched it soar to number one on the country charts. Not only that, but the title song debuted at No. 21 on the Hot Country Songs chart, which was the highest debut ever recorded by a female artist. Once again, she won numerous 2007 Grammy nominations, including Best Song, Album, Performance, and Collaboration (with Merle Haggard on “Politicalment Incorrect”).
But already its novelty was beginning to fade. Despite its scorching debut, the single “All Jacked Up” peaked at No. 8. Despite having achieved success beyond the dreams of most artists, the album sold “only” 1 million copies. Three other singles on the album failed to make the Top 20, although her portrayal of “I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today” landed another Grammy nomination in 2008.
After this meteoric start, it’s no wonder what followed seemed like a slide into oblivion. His third album, “One of the Boys,” debuted at No. 1 on the country charts in 2007, but sold less than 200,000 copies by the time it left the Top 200 10 Weeks list. later. His single “Don’t Do Me No Good” in 2008 failed to land the Top 40, resulting in a two-year delay in the release of his next album and his decision to part ways with Sony Music Nashville. .
But while she no longer sells in the millions, Wilson, now 44, is neither gone nor, of course, forgotten. After leaving Sony, she was wealthy enough in 2009 to start her own label, Redneck Records, and built her own studio on her farm outside of Nashville. This allowed him to finally release his fourth album, “I Got Your Country Right Here”, with his first single, “Work Hard, Play Harder”. (Two months earlier, Columbia Nashville had ended its contractual obligation with the release of its most successful debut album.)
What followed in 2013 was a year that surely brought joy to any loyal follower of Wilson. In April, she released her sixth album, “Right On Time”, and soon followed with an album of rock classics, “Under the Covers” (fans love her rendition of Heart) as well as her debut album of songs by. holiday, “Christmas in My Heart,” which includes the hippo song. Then, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her debut album, Wilson came to The Pageant in St. Louis to record “Still Here for the Party”, a video available at amazon.com (along with “Undressed”, a let-your- of 2015). dressing jam).
And the trailer park diva whose hometown park was quickly renamed in her honor is still singing. Just three months ago, she released her ninth album, “Ready to Get Rowdy”, which is also available on amazon.com. So put a top on this Blatz and party. You can also find her on her Facebook page, which has over a million followers to date.
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