Gretchen Wilson’s Iconic ‘Redneck Woman’ Was Inspired by Surprising Country Superstar

by Halle Ames
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Is it considered a compliment to have Gretchen Wilson’s hit “Redneck Woman” inspired by you?

Well, it depends on who you ask, but here at Outsider, yes. It’s a shining compliment.

Gretchen Wilson Says She Will Never Be This Country Artist

Gretchen Wilson reveals the lucky muse behind the song “Redneck Woman,” and it’s not who you think it is. This country star is a bad*ss but hardly seen as a redneck. Regardless, we love her all the same.

According to Taste of Country, when Gretchen Wilson met up with artist and songwriter John Rich, the two started off their day by watching music videos for inspiration. When Faith Hill’s song “Breathe” came on, it was game over.

“The day that we wrote ‘Redneck Woman’ was a day that John and I were sitting around watching country music videos, and Faith Hill’s ‘Breathe’ was on,” Wilson says. “She’s gorgeous. She looks like a supermodel. She’s rolling around in satin sheets. And that was the inspiration behind ‘Redneck Woman.’ I looked at John and said, ‘This is probably never gonna happen for me because I’ll never look like that, and I’ll never be that. That is just not the kind of woman I am.'”

Well, Gretchen, we are here to report that most people are not blessed with the gorgeous genes that Faith Hill has. I mean, if you watch the video, Hill looks more like a Victoria’s Secret model than some average Mississippi girl.

Let Me Get A Big Hell Yeah For the Redneck Girls Like Me!

John Rich looked over at his counterpart and asked Gretchen Wilson what type of woman she is then. She iconically answered his question.

“I’m a redneck woman,” answered Wilson. “Then he said, ‘What’s the matter with that?’ We, at that moment, decided to be as authentic as we could about that kind of a woman, and I felt like it was a responsibility almost at that point to speak to those girls who felt like me.”

We hear you loud and clear, sister!

Keeping it Authentic

Apparently, many others do, too, because Gretchen Wilsons’s hit “Redneck Woman” was released in early March of 2004, and by May, it was topping charts.

The song was also part of Wilson’s 2004 album, Here for the Party, which sold over five million copies.

The 47-year-old artist credits her success to her truthfulness and the fact that she doesn’t tie a bow around things.

“The reason why I became successful in the first place is I think women — and maybe some men — they accepted me because I was a voice that was speaking to them about them. For a long time, I feel like, in country music, women had gotten so slick and soft and pretty. So being authentic and being real, that is what got me to this dance.”

We are here for it and are happy to crank it up anytime it graces our radio speakers!

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