Gretchen Wilson

8 p.m. Saturday, July 25. Live on the Levee, under the Gateway Arch.

Gretchen Wilson

Free.

Gretchen Wilson has strong ties to both Illinois and Missouri. She grew up in the tiny interstate-side village of Pocahontas, Illinois, and before departing for Nashville, she played six nights a week at Springfield, Missouri, honky-tonks. Wilson is on the downslope of a whirlwind six years that saw her go from unknown backup singer to Music City royalty after being discovered by hit maker John Rich (of Big & Rich fame). However, her 2004 single, "Redneck Woman," was the first No. 1 country-music single by a female artist in two years, one that opened the floodgates for today's largely female-dominated Nashville scene. Wilson's summer schedule is taking her mostly to casinos and county fairs, but she's still known for rough-edged, energized live performances built around her powerful Midwestern drawl and unapologetic tough-girl ethos.

About The Author

Scroll to read more Music News & Interviews articles (1)
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Riverfront Times Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.