Wilson talks it up with Hazel Smith
Monday, December 14, 2009 – Gretchen Wilson recently taped an episode of CMT's Southern Fried Flicks television show with host Hazel Smith. The two enjoyed pork chops, corn casserole, layered salad, five cup salad and dreamsicle cake while catching up on Wilson's recent move to start her own record company, her new single Work Hard, Play Harder and "I Got Your Country Right Here" album and balancing her career and motherhood. The episode will air on CMT Sunday, Dec. 20.
Wilson's recently released her rendition of the 1953 holiday song I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas on her Redneck Records label.
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Although Gretchen Wilson produced this new holiday album for Redneck Records, thank goodness our famous redneck woman didn't attempt a redneck Christmas album. The closest she gets to being redneck-y is by appearing as a shotgun-wielding gal tied up in Christmas lights inside the CD booklet. Oh, and If You See Rudolph is a bit of a hunting song, which true rednecks will appreciate.
While Wilson produced the 10-track release, she did not write any of its songs. On the secular/sacred scale, ...
This has been a busy year for country's original "redneck girl": Gretchen Wilson released an album of original songs, "Right on Time," in April, led by the single Still Rollin', and her first Christmas album, "Christmas in My Heart," hit the shelves in October. In between, she climbed "Under the Covers" with Rod Stewart and the Faces, Jackson Browne, Led Zeppelin and Derek and the Dominoes, among others, for a night on the town singing classic rock songs. ...
Gretchen Wilson is an example of how quickly commercial success can come and go in this whacky business. The Redneck Woman was all the rage in 2004 with "Here's to the Party." The flag bearer for the trailer park crowd personified the tough chick, but there was far more musical depth to her than the persona she embraced through four albums including her last one, 2010's "I Got Your Country Right Here."
In this disposable world, even though her first 3 discs went ...