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Not many country artists experience instant success upon the release of their first single, but Gretchen Wilson is certainly the exception.
Wilson released her debut single “Redneck Woman” to radio on March 5, 2004, and her career took off from there. The song, which was included on her multi-platinum album Here For the Party, tore up the country charts. It soared to the number one spot, where it spent a total of five weeks, and became the first number one hit for a solo female country artist in two years.
The song was co-written by Wilson and Big & Rich‘s John Rich, and tells the story of a proud, redneck woman who doesn’t see the need for fancy things in life. Even though the narrator knows her appearance makes other people think she’s trashy, she doesn’t care, singing “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.”
Not only did “Redneck Woman” launch Wilson’s career, but it helped her win a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Country Female Vocal Performance. After all these years, it also remains her signature song.
The music video for “Redneck Woman” is the ultimate country girl celebration, and features Wilson singing in a Western bar, riding a four-wheeler, and muddin’. As it turns out, the music video was a hit like the song itself, and CMT ranked it as the 11th best country music video on its 100 Best Country Music Videos list in 2008.
You can watch the music video for Wilson’s mega-hit “Redneck Woman” below.
We loved “Redneck Woman” when it was first released, and we still love it now!