Gretchen Wilson Makes Mighty Debut With Country Girl Anthem “Redneck Woman”

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Gretchen Wilson’s Debut Single “Redneck Woman” Went To #1

Not many country artists experience instant success upon the release of their first single. But Gretchen Wilson is certainly the exception thanks to her debut song “Redneck Woman.”

Wilson released “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.

Gretchen Wilson included her debut single "Redneck Woman" on her album "Here For The Party"
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“Redneck Woman” soared to the number one spot, where it spent a total of five weeks. It also 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. It tells the story of a proud redneck woman who doesn’t need the finer things in life.The narrator knows other people think she’s trashy, but she doesn’t care. As she sings:

“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.”

“Redneck Woman” Won A Grammy Award

On top of launching Wilson’s career, “Redneck Woman” led her to a Grammy win. She won a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Country Female Vocal Performance.

After all these years, “Redneck Woman” remains Wilson’s signature song.

The music video for “Redneck Woman” is a celebration of all things country girls love. It features Wilson singing in a Western bar, riding a four-wheeler, and muddin’. As it turns out, the music video was a hit too, 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 Gretchen Wilson’s debut song “Redneck Woman” below. We loved “Redneck Woman” when it was first released, and we still love it now!  

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