Knowing she had substantial touring commitments looming, breakout country star Gretchen Wilson spent the better part of January and February recording material for her sophomore album. The result is the 12-track collection “All Jacked Up,” scheduled for release Sept. 27 via Sony Music Nashville.
Produced by the artist with Sony Nashville Executive VP A&R Mark Wright and Big & Rich’s John Rich, the set boasts seven songs written or co-written by Wilson, who is among a crop of artists credited with reinvigorating mainstream country music of late.
Beyond a title track described as “rousing” by the label, “All Jacked Up” features such songs as “Skoal Ring,” “California Girls” and “Politically Uncorrect.” The latter track boasts guest vocals by outlaw country legend Merle Haggard.
The new album will also include a cover of “Good Morning Heartache,” the Evan Drake, Dan Fisher and Irene Higgenbothom standard popularized by Billie Holiday and recorded by the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross and Carmen McCrae.
Wilson’s debut, last year’s “Here for the Party,” was heralded by the single “Redneck Woman,” which spent six weeks on top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Upon its release, the album bowed at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums list and No. 2 on The Billboard 200. The set has sold 3.47 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In February, Wilson received the best female country vocal performance Grammy for “Redneck Woman.” Last month, she won a pair of fan-voted CMT Music Awards, taking home the breakthrough video of the year trophy for the “Redneck Woman” clip and the female video honor for “When I Think About Cheatin’.”
Wilson is currently on the road supporting Kenny Chesney’s Somewhere in the Sun tour, which tonight (May 3) plays Tupelo, Miss.