“Keepin' it Country”: What Makes the Lyrics of Gretchen Wilson Hard?

Author: Horn, Alena

Source: Popular Music & Society, Volume 32, Number 4, October 2009 , pp. 461-473(13)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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Country music artist Gretchen Wilson differs from her female contemporaries in her lack of education, longhaired, big-belt-buckle, “redneck” look, and general rough-edge exterior. In this paper, I look at how Wilson's distinctive image is “hard,” much like that of traditionally male singers like Merle Haggard. To illustrate what makes Wilson a hard country music singer, I show how the themes, allusive practices, and language of her lyrics fall in line with those identified as typically hard by Ching and Peterson.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007760802217642

Publication date: October 1, 2009

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