January 26

Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman”: Country Girls vs City Girls


Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman": Country Girls vs City Girls 1

Keepin’ it real, keepin’ it good, keepin’ it country! Hell yeah!

American country music artist Gretchen Wilson‘s signature song, Redneck Woman, is one hell of a woman’s music. Co-written with John Rich and recorded by Wilson, this hit was released in March 2004  as the lead-off single to her multi-platinum debut album Here for the Party. In addition, the song was Wilson’s only number one single on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.

Moreover, Redneck Woman won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2005.

Keepin’ It Country

Gretchen Wilson references five country artists who have influenced her to keeping it real, good and country. She mentioned them in the song namely Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, George Strait, Charlie Daniels, and Tanya Tucker.

This song explains how Wilson is pure country. Not scared to show her being country, she reveals in the lyrics of her song that she’s not a Barbie Doll type of a woman nor she drinks champagne like classier girls do. Rather, Wilson refers to drink beer in a tavern or in a honky tonk.

Furthermore, she states that she has posters of some country music artists like Skynyrd, Kid, and Strait whom typical girls wouldn’t listen to.

Oh, I’ve got posters on my wall
Of Skynyrd, Kid and Strait
Some people look down on me
But I don’t give a rip
I’ll stand barefooted in my own front yard
With a baby on my hip

Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman": Country Girls vs City Girls 2

Keepin’ It Real

Unlike the “city girls”, Wilson’s country girl persona does not need to impress her man with fancy clothes. Other people might see her as being too extreme in her country ways, but it is a common attribute among rural communities for women to act this way.

In a part of the song, she mentioned Bocephus. Bocephus is the nickname of Hank Williams Jr. He’s a country music singer, the son of Hank Williams Sr. Wilson cited him saying that she’s listening to his music all-year round.

In the chorus of the song, Wilson proudly stands for all country women out there.

Cause I’m a redneck woman
I ain’t no high class broad
I’m just a product of my raisin’
I say “hey, y’all” and “yee-haw”

Watch Gretchen Wilson’s Redneck Woman below.

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