Gretchen Wilson rose to instant stardom following the release of her debut single “Redneck Woman” in 2004. The song, which Wilson co-wrote, shows just how proud she is to be a redneck in what she sees to be a world full of “Barbie doll types.”
Wilson offers a shout-out to many other artists in “Redneck Woman,” including Tanya Tucker and Hank Williams Jr. But country stars aren’t the only ones who got a mention in the song. She also called out Kid Rock and southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd.
It turns out that Wilson didn’t just use Skynyrd’s name as part of her song…she’s actually a fan! This is something she proved during the 2005 Grammys, when she got the chance to perform with Skynyrd.
The two talented artists ended up singing Skynyrd’s iconic anthem, “Free Bird.” Much to the crowd’s surprise, it was Wilson who opened up the song, rather than lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant. She put forth a passionate performance, leaving the crowd in awe of her vocal power.
Johnny eventually joined in with her, and the two finished out the song together. They only sang “Free Bird” for a short while before Keith Urban came on stage to lead a snippet of Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”
A few other special guests came out on stage before the entire bunch finished up the whole thing with Skynyrd’s smash hit “Sweet Home Alabama.” Tune in below to watch this epic mashup go down!