Gretchen Wilson has lived a lot of dreams. She has won a Grammy, ACMs, and CMAs. She has toured with country music’s best, including Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry and Kenny Chesney. She has also toured with Classic Rock icons ZZ Top and newcomers 3 Doors Down, played at a Republican Presidential Candidate’s Rally and sang the National Anthem before a World Series game. This is one seriously cool, and amazingly tough chick, and “Right On Time” is her story up until now.
The lead single, “Still Rollin“, feels the influence of the seventies music that one would guess Wilson grew up listening to. It has the feel of Jackson Browne‘s “Running on Empty“; she has been thru the fire, but she is still hanging in there. It would seem this is Wilson’s statement to the music world, and life in general…yes, the world has gotten it’s licks in, but the it hasn’t, and won’t, stop her.
If the first single is her statement to life in general, the first track on the CD, “Get Outta My Yard“, is her statement to all the men that have done her wrong. “I guess somebody must have let the dog off of his chain…You’re telling me you love me thru a wild turkey slur..no sir, no sir…Get outta my yard, get outta my life…go back to the bar, go back to your wife.” Unlike many of her contemporaries, Gretchen isn’t crying over the dog that has done her wrong, she is kicking him to the curb, hard, with a nasty guitar lick to boot.
“Crazy” is another hard rocker about a bad boy..the one that stole her heart. This one is also about another Heart, I think..the female rock duo, that is. Wilson has long covered Heart in concert, and is obviously a fan. “Crazy” is a fitting tribute to both the man who broke her heart, and the band of the same name. The other rocker of note is “My Truck” which features Josh Malter, more of that nasty guitar and is chock full of double entendres about the size, of well…your truck.
Of the slower tunes, “I’ve Been In Love” is the star. It has a funky groove that suits Wilson’s vocal style like a glove. Don’t let the title of the tune fool, this isn’t about love, it’s about what happens when love disappears for no reason. “The Gypsy In Me” is built on a similar theme, about one last night and knowing it is time to move on, even when you don’t want to. Both of these songs have a late 70′s/early 80′s feel to them.
The title track, “Right On Time” seems to summarize Wilson’s life to this point. She may not be everyone’s favorite, but she is happy with who she is, and where she is. This CD seems to have a little bit of everything that Wilson has been thru, and like her, it is tough and cool…but there is a lot of heart under it all.