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She knows what she sings

The cliche that someone's life resembles a country song found its poster child in Gretchen Wilson, whose hit Redneck Woman became a Helen Reddy-style anthem for the trailer park set.

Now Wilson tells her rags-to-Big-&-Riches story in Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life (Warner Books, $23.99). What helps the book to occasionally rise above the standard country star's biography are some of its details: a young Gretchen singing in a bar called the Hickory Daiquiri Dock; the wandering-in-wilderness Gretchen attending an alcoholism support group while she worked tending bar in a Nashville honky-tonk. No wonder she knows her way around a song.

Wilson appears Saturday at Rock Crusher Canyon with guest Blake Shelton (Some Beach). Tickets are $40-$100; for information on where to purchase, call the Mike Hampton Pitching-In Foundation at (352) 527-3297. Gates open at 3 p.m. at 275 S Rock Crusher Road, Crystal River, (352) 795-3870.

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