I Got Your Country Right Here Hits Stores March 30, 2010
(Nashville, Tennessee...) -- March 29, 2010 --Grammy, CMA & ACM Award-winning artist Gretchen Wilson's fourth studio album, I Got Your Country Right Here, hits stores on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, and she will perform her "Work Hard, Play Harder" hit single on the "CBS Early Show" on Wednesday morning, March 31. Gretchen produced the album with Blake Chancey and John Rich, and the disc is the first release on her recently-launched Redneck Records label.
The three-star album review in this week's People Magazine called the title track "butt kicking" and the "Earrings Song," penned by Rivers Rutherford, Monty Criswell, "a catfight-ready stomp." Michael McCall writes, "Her first album for her own company ratchets up everything she's accentuated from the start: Blustery southern rock touting a hard-partying, one-of-the-boys attitude and an in-your-face allegiance to blue-collar ideals" in his Associated Press review.
Gretchen co-wrote two songs on the album and turned to Nashville's heaviest hitters on the other nine cuts. In addition to Rutherford and Criswell, Al Anderson, Dave Berg, Becca Bramlett, Rodney Clawson, Dallas Davidson, Bob Dipiero, Tom Hambridge, Terry McBride, Vicky McGehee, John Rich, Chris Stapleton, Jeffrey Steele, Sam & Annie Tate, Bobby Terry all contributed songs on the album. "The songwriters are the creative heart and soul that is the beginning of this project," said Gretchen.
In addition to the 11-song album, Gretchen is offering a unique Deluxe Edition Package, which includes the I Got Your Country Right Here CD, a 32-page full-color photo book containing never-before-seen pictures of Gretchen at work and at play, a poster-size replica of the U.S. Constitution and a 3' x 5' "I Got Your Country Right Here" flag in a special collector's box. The special package is offered only through www.RedneckRecords.com, and Gretchen is autographing the first 500 copies.
Gretchen recently wrapped up her two-month I Got Your Country Right HereClub Tour, which showcased her and her band in smaller venues from coast to coast. The dates kicked off in Florida and Georgia, moved through Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, out to Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona, Vegas and LA and then back through Texas before winding up in Norfolk, Virginia. In between, she made it home for Country Radio Seminar, a performance benefitting her daughter's school and a jet trip to Dallas to sing the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star game.
Gretchen exploded onto the country music scene in 2004 with her smash hit "Redneck Woman." She has won virtually every award for which she's been nominated and racked up three #1 albums. Her autobiographical book, "Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life," landed her on the prestigious New York Times Best Seller List.
A dedicated single mother to her nine-year-old daughter Grace, Gretchen went back to school and earned her GED in 2008. She has since become an advocate to help spotlight the funding needs of adult education programs and the adults on waiting lists hoping to further their education. She spoke to a Congressional subcommittee early last spring about the need for continued funding, and in September she was presented a 2009 National Coalition for Literacy Leadership Award at a reception at the Library of Congress. Following Gretchen's touching acceptance speech, Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was brought to the stage to deliver a statement she had prepared and read that morning in front of the 110thCongress honoring the accomplishments of Gretchen Wilson as a mother, recording artist and a leader in the advancement of adult education and literacy.
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