Faith Hill, although popularly-known as a “Mississippi Girl,” is not exactly the gal that comes to mind when I hear the song “Redneck Woman.”
The 2004 signature Gretchen Wilson song was No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country and earned a GRAMMY for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2005. Even well before this song, Wilson was penned as country music’s favorite whiskey-drinking badass.
With that being said, the inspiration for the story behind “Redneck Woman” is pretty surprising. It all began with a conversation between Wilson and John Rich.
Wilson shared with Taste of Country, “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. 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.'”
At that point, Rich asked her to elaborate, “…Well, what kind of woman are you then?’ And I said, ‘I’m a redneck woman.’ Then he said, ‘What’s the matter with that?’ We, at that moment, decided to be as authentic as we could about that kind of a woman, and I felt like it was a responsibility almost at that point to speak to those girls who felt like me.”
Wilson is expected to release her new album sometime in spring 2017.