Currently alive, at 45 years of age.
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1973 – Gretchen Wilson was born on June 26th, and raised in rural Pocahontas, Illinois, 36 miles due east of St. Louis, where numerous trailer parks are clustered among cornfields and pig farms.
1987 – With only an eighth-grade education, she was cooking and tending bar at Big O’s, a rough-and-tumble bar five miles outside of town, alongside her mom at age 14.
1988 – Living on her own, she was managing the roughneck joint with a loaded 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun stashed behind the bar for protection.
1996 – She soon found herself fronting a cover band and for the first time she felt like maybe there was a life for her outside Bond County. Gretchen made a life-changing decision: she would move to Nashville and try to establish a career as a country music singer.
2000 – Four long years of working at bars and singing with local bands passed before she could realize this goal.
2002 – Recorded album "Here for the Party" (including song "Redneck Woman").