Gretchen Wilson Sings Jonas Brothers?
When Gretchen Wilson hears the music of the Jonas Brothers, she can't help sing along, doing her best to imitate them, much to the chagrin of her 8-year-old Jonas-loving daughter, Grace. "She gives me the look of death," says Gretchen.
"I have nothing against pop music," the 36-year old tells Missouri's Joplin Globe newspaper. "All music is great music. I'm just a traditionalist. I love real country, with the fiddles and steel guitars, and it's not over-processed in the studio."
As far removed from 'Redneck Woman' may be from the JoBros' chirpy pop, Gretchen gives the trio props for their well-defined sound. "Those kids are right where they need to be. They make great music that my daughter can listen to," she says.
Growing up in rural Illinois, Gretchen developed a voracious interest in a wide range of music, which years later has helped her earn a reputation as one of country music's new "outlaws."
"I'd move the dresser in front of the door and lock myself in," she recalls. "He had Johnny Cash, Waylon [Jennings], a big collection of traditional country music. But he also had AC/DC, [Lynyrd] Skynyrd and a lot of four-piece rock 'n' roll. That's really what shaped my music."
Since the 2007 release of the redneck woman's third album, 'One of the Boys,' fans have been anticipating her latest, 'I Got Your Country Right Here,' which should be in stores before Christmas. But, Jonas appreciation aside, don't expect the record to veer into a pop direction.
"If that's where we're going, I don't know if I can stay," she says. "I don't know if I can make that kind of music. Let's keep it country, because it's all we have."