Gretchen Wilson, All Jacked Up
Sony Nashville, 2005
a day when much of what passes for country music is released by the
likes of pretty pop-wannabees such as Faith Hill and Shania Twain, I had
almost forgotten the genre’s not-so-glitzy roots. Thankfully Gretchen
She is, as one reviewer said it, putting the trailer park back into
country music. Her 2004 debut album Here for the Party stole my
double-wide heart with tracks like “Homewrecker” and “Redneck Woman.”
And her refusal to bow down to the beauty ideal set forth by Hollywood
sealed the deal.
her follow-up album All Jacked Up, Wilson’s stays close to her
blue-collar livin’, honky-tonk drinkin’, cowboy-lovin’ roots. Fans of
this type of song will not be disappointed by cuts like “All Jacked Up,”
“Skoal Ring,” and “One Bud Wiser.”
Her hell-raisin’ style disappears, however, on tracks like “He Ain’t
Even Cold Yet” and “I Don’t Feel Like Loving You Today.” Who would have
guessed that behind her rough-and-tumble veneer is a beautiful,
decidedly feminine voice?
she did in Here for the Party, Wilson here offers a number of
autobiographical tracks. “Full Time Job” is another anthem to the
all-too-hectic life of mothers, while “Not Bad For a Bartender” is an
almost formulaic, look-how-far-I’ve-come song.
That said, Gretchen Wilson is an original. And in Nashville these days,
that’s something rare indeed.