Gretchen Wilson ©KLRU photo by Scott Newton

Gretchen Wilson

PHOTOS

With her debut album 2004’s Here for the Party, Gretchen Wilson was hailed as the “most important new artist to hit country music since the Dixie Chicks” (Stylus Magazine). Her songs “Redneck Woman” and “Here for the Party” were signature tunes of the year and the former bartender became one of the biggest selling artists in any genre and a Grammy Winner.

This year, the Muzik Mafia’s leading lady hit the studio again to record a follow up ”All Jacked Up.” The Los Angeles Times wrote “Wilson delivers a knockout as she serves up enough of the rowdy tunes to keep the jukebox pumping most of the night – most powered by a lively mix of ringing guitars, spunky fiddles and powerful backbeat.”

Wilson is often sited by fans and critics for a lyrical honesty that has sparked comparisons to the songwriting style of Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, which features real stories about real life. “What I’m doing has definitely been done before, it just hasn’t been done in a long time,” Wilson said. “It’s not perfect and it’s not glamorous.”

Her unapologetic lack of refinement might just be the key to her success. Billboard wrote, “Wilson has personality and soul to burn, and her impact on country music is going to be felt for many albums to come.”

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