Gretchen Wilson’s continued fame is in large part from her choice of singing raw truth. She has a no-holds bar reality within her music that reaches a rather large audience on an inner level. Few musicians before her have been able to express themselves through music in this way, though for those who have the same rawness and fame followed them. To give you an ideal, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash are great examples of turning raw truth and emotion into musical genius and that is exactly what Gretchen Wilson achieves.
The first time I heard Gretchen Wilson I knew I was hooked. I was in my car when Redneck Woman came bellowing out of my speakers. The next morning I went out to pick up a copy of her album and I can honestly say I have continued to get each of her albums as soon as they become available.
The life of Gretchen Wilson can be heard in each of her songs. She grew up with a single mother in a trailer park in Pocahontas, Illinois and by 9th grade had left home and made a living working and singing in bars. This young start was a stepping stone that would later lead her to move down to Nashville where she would later be discovered by Big and Rich.
Gretchen Wilson took a path to Nashville fame that many have taken before her, though in modern times this type of Nashville access is less commonly taken. This was the Nashville gateway that Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings bravely took. It creates a do or die mentality and may possibly be the one thing that true country legends have in common.