Saturday, November 05, 2005

Gretchen Wilson: Skoal Man


The Bulletin Online: "Other songs on the new record have Wilson’s trademark rockin’ country with titles straight outta Nashville: songs like “One Bud Wiser,” “Rebel Child,” “He Ain’t Even Cold Yet,” and “Skoal Ring”: “We were sitting there writing a song about tobacco, first of all, about Skoal, so I just loved it immediately because it sounded so Loretta. It sounded so old and real and to the point and country to the bone, you know? And of course, it should, like I said, we’re singing about Skoal. When we got to the second verse and we’re trying to figure out...we came up with ‘I’ve always been a Bandit Girl and he’s a Long Cut Man.”
“And we got stuck there for awhile, and I remember that for a few minutes we just sat there and tried to figure out what the next line was. I remember saying something about, ‘I’m Bandit Girl, he’s Long Cut Man, those are so...different. The idea is that we still get along even though we have different-colored cans. When I said that, John Rich almost fell out of his chair backwards. I said, ‘What's so funny about that?’ And he said, ‘Gretchen, that is so truly you to think that we could be so different because we chew different flavors of Skoal. That’s the most redneck thing I've ever heard in my life. But we’ve gotta use it because it’s true. That’s really the way you feel.”
Proving that she is indeed a “Redneck Woman,” Wilson cops to a not-so-secret vice: “Yes, I use Skoal. But I’m berry blend, pouches, so it’s not loose in my mouth. It’s more of a girly flavor, I guess. So I guess I can be feminine,” she says with a laugh. While Hank Jr. and Charlie Daniels appeared in the video for “All Jacked Up,” Wilson got help in the studio from another country legend -- Merle Haggard, who sings on a track called “Politically Uncorrect.”

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