FortWayne.com
 
  Text size  Increase text sizeDecrease text size      
Posted on Thu. Apr. 04, 2013 - 12:01 am EDT

Music review: Gretchen Wilson still charting own musical path

PHOTOS
 
Click on image to view.
MORE ARTICLES
DISCUSS
Comments
 

Most current country rockers draw on hard-rock arena riffs lifted from the 1990s, but Gretchen Wilson's influences reach back further than that. Her new album, “Right on Time,” mines the classic rock of the 1970s — the first single, “Keep on Rollin',” for example, includes a piano-guitar interplay that mirrors Bob Seger's blue-collar arrangements.

She also spreads her wings, musically and thematically, now that she's recording for her own record label, Redneck Records. Her independence allows this self-proclaimed redneck woman to branch out into classic soul, with “One Good Friend,” and to cut the cheeky “Grandma,” about an elderly relative who loves smoking pot.

That's not to say Wilson is out of date: She opens with “Get Outta My Yard,” co-written by Kacey Musgraves, whose recent debut album pushes contemporary country music into progressive new territory.

Instead, Wilson rocks as hard as she desires while choosing songs that represent her lifestyle and point of view — just as she always has. “Right on Time” doesn't hit the highs of her 2004 debut, “Here For The Party.” But it continues the fiercely autobiographical stance that distances Wilson from most modern country artists in all the right ways.


Comments
 
Monday
Monday
High 78 °F
Low 47 °F
44 °F
Partly Cloudy
Sponsored by Masters Heating & Cooling, Inc.
THIS WEEKS DEAL
Weekly Deal
Chop Shop Full Service Hair Repair
 Mini Facial and 30 minute Relaxation Massage 
 Mani Pedi combo 
THIS WEEK ONLY
$25.00
55% off!
LOCAL BUSINESS SEARCH
Local Search
FeaturedMore
Things To Do

STOCK SUMMARY
Dow 16408.54-16.31
Nasdaq 4095.520.00
S&P 500 1864.85+2.54
AEP 51.73-0.77
Comcast 49.10-0.07
GE 26.56+0.44
ITT Exelis 18.78+0.18
LNC 48.07+0.44
Navistar 34.00-0.79
Raytheon 100.13+1.10
SDI 18.00-0.90
Verizon 47.60+0.50
  Stock Sponsor