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by Nick Murray

October 3, 2013

Redneck Pride

by Nick Murray  |  October 3, 2013

In 2004, "Redneck Woman" moved Gretchen Wilson from the rural Midwest to the top of Nashville, where her uptempo ode to Bocephus, discount sales and keeping your Christmas lights hung all year round begat a new era of outlaws and identity politics. Nearly 10 years later, artists like Tyler Farr and Justin Moore continue on Wilson's trail, and while the former's "Redneck Crazy" might have the creepiest hook of any Top 5 song in recent memory, the latter's "For Some Ol' Redneck Reason" is smart and sophisticated, taking unexpected turns in every verse. In their honor, we've compiled the best of these tunes, from Johnny Russell's "Red Necks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer" up to the present.

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