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Friday, July 6, 2012

Saturday To-Do: Gretchen Wilson

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Gretchen Wilson performs at Magic Springs Saturday.
  • Gretchen Wilson performs at Magic Springs Saturday.

GRETCHEN WILSON
7 p.m. Magic Springs' Timberwood Amphitheater. $30-$65.

Look out, Central Arkansas, because Gretchen Wilson — that's right, the genuine "Redneck Woman" herself — is here to raise a little hell and tell all you lily-livered liberals and pop country fans specifically where you can stick your Dixie Chicks and Rascal Flatts CDs. Hint: It ain't in that CD wallet thingy that's attached to the sun visor of your Subaru Forester.

Naw, according to the video for "Redneck Woman," her massive hit from back in aught-four, Wilson "ain't never been that Barbie Doll type." She wears a ball cap and drives a four-wheeler and goes muddin' in, I don't know, what looks like a '76 Silverado shortbed, and she prefers beer to sweet champagne and she shops at Walmart and she'll stand barefoot in her own front yard with a baby on her hip. Also, according to her videos, her drummer looks disconcertingly like James Carville. Also, according to her videos, her house got a lot nicer between the videos for "Redneck Woman" and "Come to Bed."

Of course, she played some big tours and sold more than a few albums in the interim. But then in '07 or so, her album "One of the Boys," which had lots of tender tunes like "Come to Bed" and "Heaven Help Me," wasn't doing so great on the charts. She eventually broke ties with her big label and struck out on her own. She amped up the Southern rock-style country with "I Got Your Country Right Here," released in 2010 on her own Redneck Records. It's pretty good, even though she never does tell us specifically where she's got our country.

Wilson's fresh off being named NRA Country Artist of the Month for June. She had this to say about it, according to artistdirect.com: "As I go through this journey called 'life,' I am reminded every day of God's sweet blessings. Freedom to live my life the way I was raised is what makes me who I am. I am Gretchen Wilson. I am a strong woman. I am NRA Country! God Bless America."

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