Here for the Party (2004) Gretchen Wilson's buzz began with the trailer-park party anthem "Redneck Woman," but her debut, Here for the Party , augurs a future deeper than one… 2004-05-11 Gretchen Wilson Country
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Here for the Party (2004)

Gretchen Wilson | HONKY-TONK WOMAN Wilson's first full-length CD proves she's not just a ''Redneck''
HONKY-TONK WOMAN Wilson's first full-length CD proves she's not just a ''Redneck''

Details Release Date: May 11, 2004; Lead Performance: Gretchen Wilson; Genre: Country

Gretchen Wilson's buzz began with the trailer-park party anthem ''Redneck Woman,'' but her debut, Here for the Party, augurs a future deeper than one sing-along hit. ''Pocahontas Proud'' is a perceptive, self-penned mission statement, and ''When I Think About Cheatin''' rides the razor's edge between fidelity and temptation in classic honky-tonk style, while Wilson's river-gravel voice evokes Tanya Tucker's unvarnished blues influence. Country needs this: an artist who refuses to apologize for her roots or glam up for celebrity's sake.

Originally posted May 21, 2004 Published in issue #766 May 21, 2004 Order article reprints