So this is what it comes to in the 21st century music business. It’s where an artist like Gretchen Wilson comes out of nowhere, skyrockets to the top of the charts with her first single “Redneck Woman,” which becomes an anthem, sells millions and millions of copies of her debut album, Here for the Party, releases two more fine offerings….
Gretchen Wilson set the country music charts on fire with her smash single "Redneck Woman" and her debut album, Here for the Party (2004). The track – though composed by colleague John Rich (of Big & Rich) – became an anthem for women all over America. Written especially for Wilson, it is from-the-gut, working-class feminism for the post-feminist age, straightforwardly sung with a celebratory vengeance. As a slice-of-life singer who embodied and brought to life each cut on the album, she became an "overnight sensation." Her follow-up, All Jacked Up (2005), was recorded and rushed out by Sony a year later…..
When Gretchen Wilson released One of the Boys in 2007, she took a left turn and offered as many ballads as she did straight contemporary country-rockers. The album didn’t sell as well as its two predecessors. Wilson went into the studio and cut I Got Your Country Right Here two years later – producing it with Blake Chancey and two tracks with John Rich. She felt it reflected her live shows better than her previous recordings did and would connect better with her audience. Given the ever-fickle nature of Nashville’s music industry, the end product resulted in a difference of opinion between Wilson and Sony. She ended up buying the record and her contract up and severed her ties. Thus the album is released on her newly formed Redneck Records imprint…..