Here for the Party

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Here for the Party
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 11, 2004
LabelEpic Nashville
ProducerJoe Scaife
Mark Wright
John Rich (associate producer)
Gretchen Wilson chronology
Here for the Party
All Jacked Up
Singles from Here for the Party
  1. "Redneck Woman"
    Released: March 23, 2004
  2. "Here for the Party"
    Released: July 1, 2004
  3. "When I Think About Cheatin'"
    Released: October 25, 2004
  4. "Homewrecker"
    Released: January 17, 2005

Here for the Party is the debut studio album by American country music singer Gretchen Wilson. It reached the top of the US country charts in May 2004 and number 2 on the Billboard 200 album charts.

Featured on the album is Wilson's breakthrough debut single, "Redneck Woman", a Number One hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. The tracks "Here for the Party", "When I Think About Cheatin'", and "Homewrecker" were also released as singles; these three singles all reached top 5 on the country charts as well.

The album received four Grammy nominations: Best New Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Song ("Redneck Woman") and Best Female Country Vocal Performance ("Redneck Woman"). Gretchen Wilson won Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

Making of the album[edit]

Gretchen Wilson was singing in a bar when she met John Rich of Big & Rich, who invited her to work with him. After some persistence, she agreed and joined the MuzikMafia, an informal group of Nashville singers and songwriters that gathered weekly to play songs.

Wilson signed with Epic Records in 2003 and went in the studio with producers Mark Wright and Joe Scaife and Rich as co-producer. The first single, "Redneck Woman," was written as a tribute to women from small-town America.


Professional ratings
Review scores
About.com4/5 stars[1]
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Q3/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
Stylus MagazineB[7]
USA Today3/4 stars[8]

"Redneck Woman" was released as a single in early 2004 and reached the top of the Billboard country singles charts and number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was released in the U.S. on May 11, 2004. It debuted at the top of the country album charts and at number two on the Billboard 200 with 227,000 copies sold.[9] Here for the Party was the fifth best selling album of 2004, with about 2.9 million copies sold.[10]

Track listing[edit]

1."Here for the Party"John Rich, Big Kenny, Gretchen Wilson3:18
2."Redneck Woman"Wilson, Rich3:42
3."When I Think About Cheatin'"Rich, Wilson, Vicky McGehee4:09
4."Homewrecker"George Teren, Rivers Rutherford, Wilson3:26
5."Holdin' You"Thom McHugh, Wade Kirby3:34
6."Chariot"John Caldwell, Leslie Satcher4:26
7."What Happened"Al Anderson, Bob DiPiero, Bekka Bramlett, Tim Nichols3:51
8."When It Rains"Rich, McGehee, Wilson3:03
9."The Bed" (featuring Big & Rich)Keith Anderson, Rich, McGehee2:53
10."Pocahontas Proud"Rich, McGehee, Wilson5:15


Compiled from liner notes.[11]

  • Al Anderson – gut string guitar
  • Big Kenny – background vocals on "The Bed"
  • Mike Brignardello – bass guitar, baritone guitar
  • Tom Bukovac – electric guitar
  • Eric Darken – percussion
  • Larry Franklin – fiddle, mandolin
  • Kenny Greenberg – electric guitar
  • Wes Hightower – background vocals
  • Greg Morrow – drums, percussion
  • Steve Nathan – piano, Hammond B-3 organ
  • Russ Pahl – pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo
  • Angela Primm – background vocals
  • Michael Rhodes – bass guitar, baritone guitar
  • John Rich – acoustic guitar, background vocals on "The Bed"
  • Joe Scaife – background vocals
  • Trez – background vocals
  • Gale West – background vocals
  • John Willis – acoustic guitar
  • Gretchen Wilson – lead vocals, background vocals
  • Reese Wynans – piano, Hammond B-3 organ

Chart performances[edit]


Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 2
Australian Albums Chart 21
Norwegian Albums Chart 14
Swedish Albums Chart 7
UK Albums Chart 60


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
2004 "Redneck Woman" 1 22 50 45 42
"Here for the Party" 3 39
"When I Think About Cheatin'" 4 39
2005 "Homewrecker" 2 56
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Region Certification
Australia (ARIA)[19] Gold
Canada (Music Canada)[20] Platinum
United States (RIAA)[21] 5× Platinum


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  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Gretchen Wilson". Retrieved 2012-10-13.
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  7. ^ Love, Josh (2004-06-21). "Gretchen Wilson – Here for the Party – Review". Stylus Magazine.
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