Posts Tagged ‘Gretchen Wilson’


Ahhhhh LeAnn Rimes before she was, well, not tabloid fodder. The 90’s version of Taylor Swift. Either way, she was very big in the world of the Wild Heart when she was only 11-13.

Her debut album, Blue, was one of the first nonChristian cds (next to Read My Mind by Reba McEntire) I got. However, I was a bit of a late-bloomer: it seemed like everyone else in Texas had discovered her including my aunt, who’s an avid country radio person. (Trust me she listened to FM 100.3 KILT, 93Q Country, etc. all the time back then)

This was my favorite song off her debut album from 1996. Now I look back at it and, even though it is a fun song, consider this: she was only 13 when she made the video. Sorry LeAnn but you were waaaay too young to be “drinkin’ champaign” at that age. Texas and pretty much every other law back then in the US in regards to drinking require you to be 21. You are also too young to be going around San Francisco like that. My mom would have NEVER stood for that – she freaked when I was left alone at a NEWSBOYS (note Newsboys are a Christian band!) concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion when I was 12! I can see her side of that because I have since seen 2 friends endure drugs and alcohol issues: one survived but went through rehab and a shotgun marriage. The other one, well, she crashed her car into a tree and died.

Sadly my parents never shared my enthusiasm for country music back then. Therefore going to the rodeo every year in Houston was completely out of the question. I won’t lie – that hurt because everyone else in my class, church, or Girl Scout troop went. I wanted to go. Maybe my dad was mad because they stopped having KSBJ day at the rodeo – the local Christian station. Either way he would always tell me because he thought everyone there was a “fake cowboy.” (And he isn’t when he wears boots everywhere?)

But that all changed in 04 when Amy Grant came with her husband, Vince Gill. I wanted that as my birthday present when I turned 18 and my parents and I, along with my school friend Dorianne went. We had a ball. I’ve since gone sans my parents to see Gretchen Wilson (Twice! One time being at a bar too!) and last year I saw Janet Jackson.

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Well according to E Online and Heart’s official website, the Wilson sisters have been announced as nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! The Wild Heart really hopes that they get in because they truly deserve it.

Anyways, here is my post that sort of chided the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for excluding the Wilson sisters earlier this year.

Every single year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame releases its list of inductees. Every single year one band keeps getting snubbed. That band is Heart.

The Wild Heart thinks the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is making a terrible mistake by not including the Wilson sisters.

Two of the make-or-break qualifications to get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are that you must be very influential and your 1st album must have been released 25 years ago.

Dreamboat Annie was released in 1976. That was over 30 years ago!

Without Heart, you would not have the Seattle music scene. No Nirvana, Alice In Chains – whose late lead vocalist Layne Staley even recorded a cover duet of Bob Dylan’s Ring Them Bells for Heart’s 1993 album Desire Walks On. Members of Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and others have cited Ann and Nancy as influences on their music. Other current great artists such as Carrie Underwood, Wynonna Judd, and Gretchen Wilson have all cited Heart as influences. Some of these artists have recorded at their Bad Animals studio in Seattle, WA.

Heart was the first hard-rock female act. Many female acts have followed in their footsteps including Pat Benatar, Patti Smyth (of Scandal), Avril Lavigne and pretty much any other woman that has picked up a guitar since 1976. Rock music is no longer a boys club no thanks to them.

Lastly, they have enduring popularity. Since reuniting in the early 2000’s, they have sold rather well in both their albums and tours. Not many musicians with an absence like theirs from both radio and touring can say that they are successful after a long break like what they went through.


Garth Brooks introduces his ill-fated alter ego Chris Gaines

You are NOT an emo rocker. Plus emo rockers suck anyway.

Dear Garth Brooks,

First of all let me say that I admire you as a country artist. For starters, you’re like a rocker for country music people (well, you were the first in that manner until Gretchen Wilson came around).

However, though you maybe a rockstar as big as David Bowie, you cannot pull off a Ziggy Stardust like Bowie did. So thank you for ditching Chris Gaines.

-The Wild Heart


Every single year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame releases its list of inductees. Every single year one band keeps getting snubbed. That band is Heart.

The Wild Heart thinks the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is making a terrible mistake by not including the Wilson sisters.

Two of the make-or-break qualifications to get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame are that you must be very influential and your 1st album must have been released 25 years ago.

Dreamboat Annie was released in 1976. That was over 30 years ago!

Without Heart, you would not have the Seattle music scene. No Nirvana,  Alice In Chains – whose late lead vocalist Layne Staley even recorded a cover duet of Bob Dylan’s Ring Them Bells for Heart’s 1993 album Desire Walks On. Members of Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and others have cited Ann and Nancy as influences on their music. Other current great artists such as Carrie Underwood, Wynonna Judd, and Gretchen Wilson have all cited Heart as influences. Some of these artists have recorded at their Bad Animals studio in Seattle, WA.

Heart was the first hard-rock female act. Many female acts have followed in their footsteps including Pat Benatar, Patti Smyth (of Scandal), Avril Lavigne and pretty much any other woman that has picked up a guitar since 1976. Rock music is no longer a boys club no thanks to them.

Lastly, they have enduring popularity. Since reuniting in the early 2000’s, they have sold rather well in both their albums and tours. Not many musicians with an absence like theirs from both radio and touring can say that they are successful after a long break like what they went through.


The Wild Heart is not making this up people (or random robots and cats that walk across the keyboard and hit “ENTER.”)

Stevie Nicks has made an announcement to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton that Fleetwood Mac will be going on tour sometime next year!!! It will happen after both Nicks and fellow band member Lindsey Buckingham finish promoting their various solo albums.

With that said, let’s hope that somehow this blog, the Wild Heart (btw my real name is Christina), takes off like a rocket within the coming year. What do I mean you ask: I would like to turn this into a real job – blogging about music. Right now I am jobless and living at home searching for a job. (Aaaah the plight of the recent college graduate of a state university!) What I am trying to say is that if you would like to sponsor this blog, please email me at christinahildebrand123@gmail.com. I would absolutely love to speak with you.

Also, I would love to do more with this blog as well – such as cover concerts from both Houston, TX – where I am based; but also famous festivals like Glastonbury, FreePress SummerFest – an annual indie festival in Houston, TX, CreationFest (for Christian music), the CMA music festival – one day I will review one of the country albums or cds that I do have (mostly Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson and Taylor Swift) Sponsorship is the way to do this as far as I know.

Additionally, concerts in general are not cheap and I would like to be on the good side of the management, so if you are a major artist (or even minor artist) and you would like for me to cover your concert, please email me at the above address.

Anyways, so if you would like to sponsor me and this blog or even have suggestions about how to turn this blog into a business – please feel free to email me at christinahildebrand123@gmail.com and I would love to speak with you.


Vision Quest, though it has some gems, falls flat on its face

Ahhhh Vision Quest.  A movie I never saw that nevertheless has a rather strong soundtrack. Either way it is a soundtrack that has a little something for the balladiers, headbangers, rockers, and the pop princesses.

The soundtrack to Vision Quest is one that screams more 80’s than Flashdance ever did. The album starts out very strong with a track by classic rock greats Journey with Only the Young. Unfortunately it falls flat in some areas, such as the disco-themed Shout to the Top by the Style Council.  Even worse is I’ll Fall In Love Again by Sammy Hagar. It sounds too bland. However, it quickly redeems itself with Madonna’s The Gambler, a dance-oriented synth-happy track where the material girl exclaims “YOU CAN’T STOP ME NOW!”

This soundtrack even will please the rockers in the form of Don Henley’s She’s On the Zoom.

However, Vision Quest takes flight and goes off into its rocketing orbit with the late Ronnie James Dio‘s Hungry For Heaven. Dio proves himself to be worthy of a rock god.

One of the best tracks is Foreigner’s Hot Blooded, which has been covered a few times in concert by country rocker Gretchen Wilson.

Unfortunately, tracks by F0reigner, Journey and Madonna cannot even save this soundtrack. A good soundtrack should be able to tell the story of the film without seeing it. Vision Quest falls flat on its face.