About Gretchen Wilson
Resource Entertainment was proud to work with Gretchen Wilson in Memphis at the Gibson Lounge and at the Pearl River Resort in Mississippi.
While most singers talk of singing in the church choir, Gretchen's early experiences were mostly spent entertaining what many would consider a tougher crowd. Long before karaoke machines, she got up on stage every night at Big O's Lounge in rural Illinois with a microphone and sang along to CDs for tips. Before long, Gretchen found herself fronting a cover band, and for the first time she felt like maybe there was a life for her outside Bond County.
Gretchen's unceremonious arrival in Nashville was in 1996. She said, "It became apparent to me really fast that I wasn't going to be able to make a living and pay my bills playing on Broadway." In the meantime, she did the one thing she knew how to do to make ends meet: she got a job slinging drinks at a bar.
One Friday night, Big Kenny and John Rich walked into the bar and thus got to hear Gretchen belt out a couple of tunes with the house band. John not only introduced her to his circle of friends, he also taught her how the Nashville songwriting community really works. Gretchen also became a member of the Muzik Mafia, a loose-knit group of singers, songwriters, and musicians who get together to jam (and party) every Tuesday in a local Nashville nightspot.
Having become quite the songsmith, Gretchen has written or co-written dozens of tunes, some with John. As one would expect, she has a lot to say about the life she's lived. In fact, not since Loretta Lynn and perhaps Dolly Parton has a female artist in country music been so brutally honest in song about her own lifestyle and the people around her.
She's not Faith Hill and she's not Shania Twain, but that's what separates her from the others and lets her sing to a part of the population that has long been without a voice.