Today marks a day of anthems as we celebrate our nationalism and patriotism that provoke our true blue redneck American blood and we give you the hit song “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson.
Redneck Woman, Gretchen Wilson’s rise to stardom
Nobody celebrates the 4th of July like country music and while the “Redneck Woman” strictly discusses what being a country girl is about, I think everyone needs a little bit variety of independence most especially to our girls out there who are not just one of the boys but their very own woman.
Also dubbed as Gretchen Wilson’s signature song, “Redneck Woman” won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2005. Gretchen Wilson wrote it with John Rich and was released as the lead-off single for her album “Here for the Party.”[advert id=”193667″]
Considered as a classic and one of those rare opportunities where country perfectly blends with rock, Gretchen Wilson released a music video back in 2009 depicting Wilson mudding and singing in a country bar while name dropping some of the biggest country artists like Charlie Daniel and Tanya Tucker.
The very idea of “Redneck Woman” was to highlight why a country girl is way ahead of the “Barbie doll” stereotypes and Victoria Secret’s portrayal of women’s clothing back then.
Bridget Rogers of Gazette Review wrote last year how “Redneck Woman” came into prominence according to Gretchen Wilson who was a struggling country artist then:
“Gretchen Wilson found a home with a country artist collective known has the “Muzik Mafia.” The Muzik Mafia, founded by the famous country duo Big & Rich, was based on a simple premise: local artists would regularly come together for public jam sessions without any hint of competition or greed, only love and cooperation.
These Tuesday night jam sessions took off, growing in popularity, as the members experimented with styles and genre mixing, playing everything from rock to country to R&B to reggae. There was even a nearly seven foot tall rapping cowboy in the gang.
The collective have since hosted mic nights and jam sessions with artists as diverse as Kid Rock, Bon Jovi, Jewel, Bobby Brown, and Sisqo. According to Wilson, one night when she and John Rich were watching music videos of flashy, glamourous country star women, Wilson commented that she would never make it big like them, because she was just a “redneck woman.” Rich realized the power of the idea, one which many Southern gals could relate to, and Wilson’s first hit single, “Redneck Woman” was born.”
Bonus Fact: Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman” was inspired by Faith Hill who was the country songstress that Wilson was referring to as “someone that she would never be” because she’s only a “Redneck Woman.”
Watch the music video of the “Redneck Woman” here:
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