October 31, 2016 – In 2014, Gretchen Wilson stepped away from an 11-year rocket ride to be a full time mom to her teenage daughter and focus on one of her musical passions – songwriting. She recently went back in the studio with award-winning producer Blake Chancey, and her first single, “Rowdy,” from an upcoming album is set to drop at country radio this Friday, November 4, 2016. Plans are also in the works for Gretchen to hit the road on a new tour next year.
Gretchen Wilson exploded onto the country music scene in 2004 with her smash hit “Redneck Woman” and has since scored three #1 albums. The critically acclaimed singer/songwriter has won virtually every award for which she’s been nominated, including trophies from the Grammys, ACM, CMA, AMA and more. Her first book, the autobiographical “Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life,” landed her on the prestigious New York Times Best Seller List. CMT listed her “Redneck Woman” video at #11 in their Top 100 videos in 2008. She formed her own record company, Redneck Records, in 2009, and her “I’d Love To Be Your Last” single from her I Got Your Country Right Here CD, received two Grammy nominations.
“As a single mom, I knew I could never get the time back with my daughter if I continued the pace I was on,” said Gretchen. “Grace is really talented and very involved in school, and I didn’t want to miss anything, so I just put everything on hold.”
Over the last two years, Gretchen hunkered down to write…and write and write songs that had been bottling up over the years. She hit the studio with Chancey, and they started working on her first new music since 2013’s Right On Time. Gretchen wrote “Rowdy” with Trent Tomlinson and Shane Minor. A new album is slated for release in early 2017, and her longtime booking agent WME is working on a tour to kick off the middle of next year.
“I’m as excited about the music we’ve cut as I am about my first album, and I can’t wait to get back on the road to share it with everyone!”