‘Catch of the Day’ – Gretchen Wilson – “Summertime Town” [AUDIO]
Today we feature an artist who just wants to be thought of as one of the boys, though she clearly is anything but. An artist whose 2004 debut single became the first number one single on the country chart by a female artist in over two years, and with a five week run at the top of the chart, would be named the ACM & CMA Best New Artist and take home the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance.
When Gretchen Wilson signed with Epic Records in 2003, the label had planned on taking their time with her debut. But as the world would find out, Gretchen Wilson does things on her own time, and when her debut single "Redneck Woman" went #1 on the country charts in 2004, the label was forced to rush Wilson's debut album, Here For The Party out to eager fans earlier than expected. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and would eventually be certified 5x platinum. Three more top-10 singles would come from the project, including the title track, which peaked at #2.
Wilson's second album saw a dramatic decline in sales and air-play. All Jacked Up would be certified platinum, and while its title track would set the record for highest chart debut at #21, it would peak at #8 after only 8 weeks. It would be Wilson's final album on Epic Records due to the closing of its Nashville division during the production of her third album. That third album, 2007's One of the Boys, would be released by Epic's parent label Columbia, though two of the album's three singles would be Epic imprints. None of the albums singles would break the top-20, and after the albums run, Wilson would leave the company all-together and start her own label, Redneck Records.
Starting with 2010's I Got Your Country Right Here, Wilson has released four albums on her own. And while none have met with the success she had on the major labels, she has done things on her own terms. She released her most recent album, Ready To Get Rowdy just last week, and we have the second single from the project in our spotlight today.
Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash, Gretchen Wilson's latest "Summertime Town" is our Catch of the Day. It's new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again. Remember, if you comment, share or like the Catch of the Day, you'll be entered into drawings for $25 gift cards from All American Super Wash of Lawton.