In the four years since Gretchen Wilson released her last album of original material, the ultimate “Redneck Woman” has been out living a normal life filled with triumphs and challenges and moments when she felt like she wanted to pull her hair out.
And in those crucial moments, songs were born.
Featured on her current album “Ready to Get Rowdy,” “A Little Loretta” was one of those songs that she admits came easily. “I’m not sure what was happening, but I told someone that I was about to get ‘a little bit Loretta,’ and I instantly knew that I had a song,” Gretchen said in a recent interview with Rare Country. “”It’s about those moments when you are at your boiling point. As soon as I said it, I got paper and pencil, and the song literally wrote itself. It was almost too easy.”
Of course, the song also allowed Gretchen to pay tribute to a woman who has long served as an inspiration to her and countless other artists — Loretta Lynn.
“When and where I’m from, there wasn’t a female who didn’t look up to Loretta Lynn,” she says. “You just know not to mess with a woman like her.”