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Wilson County’s Gretchen Wilson headlines MCA’s Music at the Mill on Saturday, Feb. 27, as some of Nashville’s top tunesmiths perform their most famous songs.

RICHIE BOUTON / The Wilson Post

Music at the Mill

Gretchen Wilson serves as host of MCA’s Music at the Mill on Saturday, Feb. 27, a benefit for McClain Christian Academy. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Among other songwriters on the bill are Even Stevens, Leslie Satcher, Richie McDonald, Paul Overstreet, Richard Leigh, Alex Harvey, Keith Burns, Rhean Boyer, Casey Beathard, Scotty Emerick and Mike Loudermilk. Tickets are $125, $50 and $25. Call 444-2678 for tickets. The Mill is at 300 N. Maple St. For more info about Wilson and MCA go to and 


Read a full-length feature profile with color photos of Gretchen Wilson on her farm in the March-April issue of Wilson Living Magazine. Wilson talks about being a mom, launching a new album on her record label, championing adult literacy and her reasons for making her home here. The magazine hits newsstands Feb. 26. 

Special to The Wilson Post

Grammy and Country Music Association Award-winning country singer and Wilson County’s own Gretchen Wilson is all jacked up over the upcoming MCA’s Music at the Mill.

The Feb. 27 event features some of Nashville’s top singer-songwriters at the historic Lebanon Mill while Wilson serves as host. More than 10 other songwriters are confirmed on the bill.

“This is basically a songwriter pull,” Wilson said. “I think it is really interesting to sit and watch the songwriters perform their songs. It’s totally different than seeing somebody in concert.

“The whole vibe of it last year was the flow was great, the sound was great and people were having a great time. I’m thinking that this year is even gonna be better, that was just a practice run. I think it will probably be an annual thing,” said Wilson, whose new album, “I Got Your Country Right Here,” on her own Redneck Records label, debuts March 30 with 11 new tunes including her current hit “Work Hard, Play Harder.”

Wilson’s career exploded in 2004 as her first single, "Redneck Woman," partied for five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's country charts. Her debut album, “Here for the Party,” sold close to 5 million copies. She followed with the albums “All Jacked Up” and “One of the Boys,” while her “Greatest Hits” album came out in mid-January.

Wilson is very involved with McClain Christian Academy where her 9-year-old daughter is a student.

“McClain Christian Academy is small but just a loving environment and exactly what I was looking for,” Wilson said. “I thought I would home school because of my career and traveling. I realized when she hit 6 years old that it was something she really needed in her life. She needed people her own size to play with instead of band and crew members. . . She needed someone outside of her mom doing the curriculum.”

The singer predicts each songwriter will perform two to three songs each but that depends on how many songwriters fill the bill. She hopes to snare a few of the songwriters that she co-writes with which potentially could hold some rich surprises.

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