Country Pop Bites: Gretchen Wilson – April 27
Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2004 Epic released Gretchen Wilson's debut single, "Redneck Woman," to retail?
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Here are 5 interesting facts about Gretchen Wilson.
- She was raised by her mom (her dad left when she was 2) in various trailer parks in and around Pocahontas, IL.
- She dropped out of school at age 14 and worked at Big O's, a roadside bar where her mother also worked.
- She moved to Nashville in 1996 to pursue a music career and was eventually spotted performing at a bar by Big Kenny and John Rich, aka Big and Rich, who hired her to sing on their demos.
- She published a memoir in 2006 titled Redneck Woman: Stories From My Life.
- She earned her G.E.D. at age 34 alongside her 21-year-old cousin. The experience prompted her to become an advocate for adult-education funding, and she received a National Coalition for Literacy Leadership Award in 2009.