Gretchen Wilson continuously grinned at the Redneck Riviera honky-tonk in Nashville for her recent video premiere party for “Stacy.”
The song is a tale of a woman who always has to be the center of attention.
With the official premiere of “Stacy,” and Wilson’s appearance as the Friday headliner at the Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest in Bowling Green, it’s hard not to imagine the excitement Wilson will bring fans anticipating her 90-minute set at 9 p.m. at the National Corvette Museum.
“Anybody who knows me knows I can be a Stacy every now and again. I’ve learned there are a lot of other Stacys in this world as well,” Wilson said, noting that she and co-writers Bridgette Tatum and Rob Hatch had someone in mind when writing the song. “I’m so happy to have been able to share my time with some of my favorite Stacys in the whole world.”
In 2017, Wilson released her comeback album, “Ready to Get Rowdy,” after spending a few years on hiatus to focus on raising her teenage daughter. The album features a track with Kid Rock titled “Bad Feeling.”
“I’ve always felt like I relate to my fans and they relate to me, because I am one of them,” Wilson said. “When ‘Redneck Woman’ broke, a lot of the females were putting out really sweet, sometimes sappy songs.
“That just wasn’t me. I didn’t relate to that, and I think a lot of women felt the same way. I think my music spoke – and speaks – to them. I’m just me and I try to keep it real. I took 31/2 years off to just be a mom to my daughter. She was at the age when she really needed me, so I took my artist hat off and put my mom hat on. She is the one who encouraged me to start writing and performing again.”
“Bowling Green is only an hour up the road, so I’m sure we’ll see some familiar faces,” Wilson said of the Vette City performance. “The main thing I see at our shows is fans don’t tend to stay in their seats long. I hope they come well-hydrated and come ready to rock. We do all of the hits people come to hear, but we also do a lot of classic rock like Cheap Trick, Heart and maybe even Led Zeppelin.”
Bret Michaels will be the Saturday headliner. Lita Ford, Foghat, The Kentucky HeadHunters, The Georgia Satellites, David Lee Murphy, Pat Travers, The Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts, Big Smo, Smith & Wesley, Geneva and Otis are also on the lineup.
“I love classic cars, so I love the late ’60s/early ’70s ‘Vettes,” Wilson said. “But the latest model is just wicked!”
Besides the music, blowout biker games, burnout contest, dyno drags, globe of death, beer garden, custom bike show, custom car and truck shows, kids zone, poker runs, food and merchandise vendors are all in the plans.
The free kickoff party will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday at Harley-Davidson of Bowling Green. Featured bands will be Kiss Kiss Bang, The Hootz, Jasmine Cain and The Josephines.
“I don’t know who booked the music or the attractions, but someone is planning on having a party,” Wilson said. “The lineup is really diverse, which I love. Great music is great music, no matter what label someone puts on it. I’m looking forward to catching as much of the music as I can.”