On This Date: Gretchen Wilson Exploded Onto The Country Music Scene With Debut Album, ‘Here For The Party’

Gretchen Wilson sitting on a couch

Is there a more iconic early 2000s song than “Redneck Woman?”

On this date, way back in 2004, Gretchen Wilson broke onto the country music with the release of her critically-acclaimed debut album, Here For The Party.

I mean seriously, I don’t think I’ve been to a single bar with karaoke in the southeast where “Redneck Woman” isn’t sang by some drunk girls from the ages of 20 to 60.

The album received a ton of notoriety right off the bat, receiving four Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Song (“Redneck Woman”), and Best Female Country Vocal Performance, which she won. She also took home ACM Top Female Vocalist and Top New Artist in 2004 and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 2005.

The album reached number one on the Billboard Top Country Album, and number two on the US Billboard 200.

“Redneck Woman,” has become an anthem in the country music world, and still is to this day. And while her time at the top may have been short-lived, Gretchen unquestionably left her mark on country music ’til the end of time.

“Redneck Woman”

“Here For The Party”

And the VERY underrated…

“When I Think About Cheatin'”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock