Wilson to start own label
Gretchen Wilson plans to start her own record label, and she'd like to call it, naturally, Redneck Records. Wilson, who became a country sensation with her 2004 down-home anthem "Redneck Woman," said Wednesday that if things go well she'll release a new single in September and a new album in November. Wilson's longtime label group, Sony Music Nashville, announced Tuesday that she and the company parted ways after three albums. Sony described the split as mutual. Wilson, 36, says she's grateful for her time at Sony, but after the company merged with BMG in 2004, the team of people who'd worked with her began turning over. By starting her own record label, Wilson thinks she'll be able to move faster to get her music to fans. Wilson's 2004 debut "Here For the Party" sold 5 million copies and produced several hits including "Redneck Woman," "Homewrecker" and "When I Think About Cheatin"'. But her next two albums - 2005's "All Jacked Up" and 2007's "One of the Boys" - didn't sell nearly as well and produced only one Top 10 single between them. The Pocahontas, Ill., native says her upcoming disc, "I Got Your Country Right Here," has a gritty Southern rock feel to it. "I think it's exactly what my fans want and exactly the record I wanted to make," Wilson said.