Gretchen Wilson pays tribute to the legendary Loretta Lynn in brand new song Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 12: Gretchen Wilson performs during Music Builds: the CMT Disaster Relief Concert on May 12, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)

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.

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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.”

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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.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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