Gretchen Wilson Reveals How Faith Hill Inspired ‘Redneck Woman’


Since her breakout in the mid-2000s, Gretchen Wilson has been known as country music’s whiskey drinking, butt-kicking, “Redneck Woman.” But her inspiration for the career-making song is surprising.

It all started with a conversation with John Rich.

“The day that we wrote ‘Redneck Woman’ was a day that John and I were sitting around watching country music videos and Faith Hill‘s ‘Breathe’ was on,” Wilson tells Taste of Country. “She’s gorgeous. She looks like a supermodel. She’s rolling around in satin sheets. And that was the inspiration behind ‘Redneck Woman.’ I looked at John and said, ‘This is probably never gonna happen for me because I’ll never look like that, and I’ll never be that. That is just not the kind of woman I am.’”


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