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When Gretchen Wilson released her debut album, “Here For The Party,” on May 11, 2004, she made one of the biggest splashes a debut artist has ever made. And she did it all with one song.

“Redneck Woman” was everywhere — radio, T-shirts, hats and even bumper stickers. That one song became the rallying cry for women everywhere. Not only did it create even more devoted Gretchen fans from all over, but it also gained Gretchen fans from a variety of other musical genres.

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Now, more than a decade later, “Redneck Woman” is still bringing music fans together.  Having shared the stage with everyone from Kenny Chesney to Merle Haggard, she’s still a regular with Kid Rock, even setting sail on his “Chillin’ The Most 2 Cruise” in 2011 like in this video.

Walking up to the mic in jeans and a black bikini top with a guitar strapped over the shoulder, Gretchen Wilson rocked that ship of fans that probably never would have considered themselves country music fans before her.

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It’s amazing how music has the ability to bring people together.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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