Wilson Cooking Up New Songs, First Book
Still on tour supporting her 2005 sophomore album, "All Jacked Up," Gretchen Wilson tells Billboard.com she's already working up material for her next album, which she hopes to have out within a year.Still on tour supporting her 2005 sophomore album, "All Jacked Up," Gretchen Wilson tells Billboard.com she's already working up material for her next album, which she hopes to have out within a year.
"I've written probably a couple of dozen songs so far and I'm very critical of my songwriting," Wilson tells Billboard.com. "A song almost has to be perfect before I consider it finished. I feel like I've got about 10 that are finished and I guess I could probably say about six of those are good enough for the record. There needs to not be a wasted word for me."
Unlike her tour set list in support of the 2004 debut "Here for the Party," which included material from the then-unreleased "All Jacked Up," Wilson won't be performing any new songs live before the album hits the streets. And while writing her own material is important, the Illinois native stresses she's not egocentric when it comes to selecting songs. "I'm not a fool. I like to write songs but I don't have to write them," she says. "I want the best ones."
Wilson says she's so pleased with her ongoing first-ever headlining outing that there's talk of filming a show for future DVD/CD release. "We do country, jazz, bluegrass, rock'n'roll with a Pink Floyd-type light show and AC/DC-type pyrotechnics, " Wilson says. "It's full on. The best way I can describe it is as a rock show with country music."
Up next for the 32-year-old singer/songwriter is the publication of her first book. While still untitled, Wilson's literary effort isn't so much biographical as it is based in real life.
"It's not my life story but stories from my life," Wilson says. "And also stories from a lot of women that I grew up around and that I felt were very pivotal in my life and kind of gave me the courage and the strength to keep going. It's kind of going to be a feel-good book for women."