Here for the Party

Here for the Party

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by Gretchen Wilson
     
 

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Gretchen Wilson opens her debut album asserting, "I'm an eight ball shooting double fisted/drinking son of a gun," on the title track, and follows it up with the boisterous hit single "Redneck Woman," which begins, "I ain't never been the Barbie doll type." The music behind her is razor-edged and rowdy southern rock beholden to Skynyrd, the Charlie Daniels Band, and… See more details below

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Gretchen Wilson opens her debut album asserting, "I'm an eight ball shooting double fisted/drinking son of a gun," on the title track, and follows it up with the boisterous hit single "Redneck Woman," which begins, "I ain't never been the Barbie doll type." The music behind her is razor-edged and rowdy southern rock beholden to Skynyrd, the Charlie Daniels Band, and Hank Jr. Singing with a bluesy edge that recalls both Tanya Tucker and Natalie Maines, Wilson is a dynamic presence on disc. But while this gal may enjoy partying with her friends, there's depth in her soul. In the lovely country ballad "When I Think About Cheatin'," defined by its weeping pedal steel, she reconsiders infidelity when she realizes it would cost her the man she loves; as cheatin' songs go, this is progress. "Holdin' You," a provocative ballad in Dixie Chicks country-rock style, finds her emoting full throttle à la Ms. Maines in expressing devotion to the man who keeps her grounded. "What Happened," an acoustic-based reflection on a breakup's aftermath, allows Wilson to show off an impressive, nuanced approach to a melancholy lyric, her restraint making her sorrow palpable. And what better way to forget all these troubles than to drown them in drink? "When It Rains," which Wilson co-wrote, is an infectious honky-tonk swinger in the classic style, and she gives it her best twangy reading. "Redneck Woman" may be a career song, but the tracks around it, and Wilson's 3-D personality -- which unabashedly embraces both hedonism and romanticism -- make the onset of her artistic journey a most compelling event indeed.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Taking its cues from her hit single "Redneck Woman," Here for the Party's opening title track introduces Gretchen Wilson in no uncertain terms. "I'm here for the beer and the ball-bustin' band," she sings over its emphatic kick drum beat and barroom twang. "I may not be a ten, but the boys say I clean up good." The vocalist's brassy delivery -- not to mention her brazen honesty -- differs considerably from the songbirds that often surround her on country radio in 2004. In fact, she's closer to the leather pants and poppy honky tonk of Tanya Tucker's 1978 effort T.N.T. Tucker is referenced in the aforementioned "Redneck Woman," as are Hank Williams, Jr. and Kid Rock, who also seem like primary sources for Wilson's mix of traditional country, pop accessibility, and uncut rock & roll attitude. Though she happily belts out the harder edges of "Homewrecker" and the hometown tribute "Pocahontas Proud," Wilson is also convincing on the ballad "When I Think About Cheatin'," and the softer tones of "What Happened." These tracks give Party some welcome depth, playing off its more rowdy material nicely and proving that Wilson isn't just a loudmouth novelty. Sure, that mud on her jeans in the back cover photo is real. But so is the sentiment in "Holdin' You," when she declares that "Holdin' you/Holds me together." Gretchen Wilson may be a redneck woman, but she has a heart of gold.
Rolling Stone - Jon Caramanica
There isn't a wasted song on Here for the Party.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969090329
catalogNumber:
90903
Rank:
51800

Tracks

  1. Here for the Party
  2. Redneck Woman
  3. When I Think About Cheatin'
  4. Homewrecker
  5. Holdin' You
  6. Chariot
  7. What Happened
  8. When It Rains
  9. The Bed
  10. Pocahontas Proud

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gretchen Wilson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Anderson   Gut String Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Mike Brignardello   Bass Guitar,Baritone,Guitar (Baritone)
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Steve Nathan   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Russ Pahl   Banjo,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass Guitar,Baritone,Guitar (Baritone)
Joe Scaife   Background Vocals
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Reese Wynans   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Angela Primm   Background Vocals
Wes Hightower   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Big Kenny   Background Vocals
John Rich   Acoustic Guitar
Gale West   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Anderson   Composer
Bekka Bramlett   Composer
Bob DiPiero   Composer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Joe Scaife   Producer,Audio Production
George Teren   Composer
Mark Wright   Producer,Audio Production
John Caldwell   Composer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Bart Pursley   Engineer
Vicky McGehee   Composer
Thom McHugh   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Leslie Satcher   Composer
Todd Gunnerson   Engineer,Tracking Assistant
Big Kenny   Composer
Deb Haus   Art Direction,Artist Development
Sylvia Meiler   Creative Producer
Gretchen Wilson   Composer
John Rich   Composer
Keith Anderson   Composer
Hank Williams   Mastering
Wade Kirby   Composer

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