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Gretchen Wilson at the Fair

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

One of the hottest country crossover stars, "The redneck Woman" Gretchen Wilson, has announced that she will headline a concert at the Clay County Fair granstanding.

The show is set for Saturday, Sept. 8, 7:30 pm, with opening act Luke Bryan.

Tickets are $21-34.

Other newly announced shows added to the grandstand lineup include a double-headliner country show with Billy Currington and Diamond Rio, Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for that show are $21 and $26.

Finally, local favorite a cappella group Tonic Sol-Fa returns with a "A Tribute to America" show Monday, Sept. 10, with free admission.

For Gretchen Wilson, the fair will be a chance to support her new CD, "One of the Boys."

In a world of glossy, glamorous country singers, Wilson continues to do it her way with the latest recording and her tour this summer.

Her fans will find her new crop of songs a continuation of her identity - as she belts out a few rockers as well as some vintage country that sounds right out of the Grand Ol Opry.

Watch for "You Don't Have to Go Home" or "There's a Place in the Whiskey" to score on the crossover charts, but the hit of the album may be the sweet, possibly autobiographical ballad, "The Girl That I Am."

She has also cut a promising new duet, "Come to Bed," with John Rich.

In recent years, Wilson has achieved one of the more meteoric rises in popularity, with her rowdy, uncomplicated, all-woman persona seemingly filling a void in the country music field.

"The reason I've been successful is that I've been genuine from the get-go," she says, "and I continue to try to do that. I'm an open book," she says. Her first single, "Redneck Woman," spent six weeks at #1; her debut album, Here For The Party, sold more than five million copies and earned her a Grammy. Her first book is a New York Times bestseller.

"When it comes to the music," she says, "I get involved on a personal level in everything that counts. I've been very lucky that way from the beginning in that the people at my label, when it came down to it, have trusted me with my gut on the music."

One Of the Boys cuts a wider swath through both the hell-raising and the softer sides of a woman who has been in the public eye just three short years.

"To be honest," she says, "I wrote songs for this record based on my life but also on my live show. I wanted to rock a little harder."