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ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 14: Singer Gretchen Wilson sings the national anthem before the NBA All-Star Game, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at Cowboys Stadium on February 14, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. The Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 141-139 in regulation. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

When country music’s very own “Redneck Woman,” Gretchen Wilson, took a bit of a break from music to spend more time being a mama to her dear daughter, she admits that she missed many aspects of the music industry, from songwriting to performing to touring to see her loyal fans.

But there was one thing she did not miss.

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“When people come to see your show, they want to be entertained and not to be pressured or forced to believe what you believe,” Gretchen said in a recent interview with Rare Country about the often constant political conversation occurring throughout the world and on many stages these days. “I don’t think it’s cool to sway young minds to believe in something you believe in. I mean, I always tell my daughter, just because Kanye West says something, you don’t have to believe it. I think singers should be singers and songwriters should be songwriters, and we all should leave it to the politicians who know more than us.”

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Indeed, Gretchen says she prefers to keep her political views fairly private.

“I have my own convictions when it comes to politics,” says Gretchen, whose new album “Ready to Get Rowdy” was released on June 16. “To be honest, I’m more of a people person. I like to take my time to investigate issues and really study politicians on both side of the aisle.”

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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