WOKQ 97.5FM Morning Waking Crew Presents:

Gretchen Wilson (August 26, 2007)

With Tim La Roche



Gretchen Wilson Sold Out

Gold (P1)
Reserved I (P2)
Reserved II (P3)
High Top Tables (P4)
SRO (P5)
Show:8:00 PM
Doors:6:00 PM
Seated Admission Show
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Gretchen Wilson's debut, "Here For The Party" kicked the world of Country music's ass, selling more than 5 million copies, worldwide. Wilson took home just about every award she was nominated for including the prestigious CMA Horizon Award, Top Vocalist and Best New Artist at the ACM's and Best Country Female Vocalist at The Grammy Awards. The album set records too. Wilson was the first artist with a debut album to enter the charts at #1 Country and #2 on the Billboard Top 200. "Here For The Party" remained #1 for nine consecutive weeks on the Country album chart.

On September 27, 2005 Wilson released her sophomore album, "All Jacked Up". The album entered both the Country and Billboard Top 200 charts at #1. The critical acclaim that was seen for "Here For The Party" only got better with "All Jacked Up". Jon Pareles from The New York Times said "Despite her carefully cultivated reputation as a firebrand, Ms. Wilson is one of pop music's best new balladeers, with a big but precise voice and charming tendency to snarl even when she's sobbing." Brian Mansfield from USA Today said "Look beneath the boisterous surface and you'll find a burgeoning superstar building a repertoire of substance. "Once again, teaming up with Marc Wright and John Rich, Gretchen also took on a bigger role - that of co-producer. The new album boasts the controversial "Skoal Ring", what is now being called "the anthem to women whose work at home is never done - Full Time Job", the opposite end of the spectrum from the same titled classic "California Girls" and the hauntingly honest ballad "I Don't Feel Like Lovin' You Today". Gretchen will be joined on tour by country new comers Van Zant and Blaine Larson, as she takes on the title of head liner. "I'm having the time of my life" states Gretchen. "Coming off a Summer touring with Kenny Chesney and a dream year with 'Here For The Party'.... I didn't think it could get any better. To have the fans and the industry embrace me as they have is overwhelming. I'm psyched they like 'All Jacked Up' and can't wait to get our there and show off the new album on the stage!"

From the moment Gretchen Wilson set foot on the stage she felt as though she was having an out-of-body experience, but it was when she stepped into the infamous circle where Patsy Cline had stood years before that she really felt like she "was floating around the room," watching the unforgettable experience unfold. "It wasn't even real," she remembers. "It was like I wasn't even in my own skin. It was so completely dead silent in there that you could almost hear yourself breathing." Though it was barely more than a whisper, Gretchen inherently found herself singing "If You've Got Leaving On Your Mind." She couldn't help herself and singing that particular song seemed like the natural thing to do. "I felt like I had an audience in there," she recalls. "It was really weird. It was totally empty and nothing but wood pews. It was like I was singing to a room full of ghosts."

It goes without saying that Gretchen won't ever forget the chilly November night last year when she stood on the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium - if only for a matter of minutes - but at that moment she was living out a fantasy. "We were flying," she explains. "It was one of those things where you wake up the next day and it's just like, 'did I dream that? Did that really happen?" Much like Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz, it was as if the Illinois native had clicked her heels together. Rather than not being in Kansas anymore, she was the furthest she'd ever been from her own childhood back in Bond County.

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