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Gretchen Wilson receives honor for literacy efforts

Monday, September 14, 2009 – Gretchen Wilson will be honored by The National Coalition for Literacy and the Center for the Book with a 2009 NCL Literacy Leadership Award at a reception at the Library of Congress on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

The awards, which will also honor two political figures, two advocacy groups and a literacy activist, recognize individuals and/or organizations that have made major contributions to improving literacy and raising awareness of the adult literacy and English language learning needs in the U.S.

Wilson gained publicity after getting a GED high school diploma last year. She also testified to Congress about education.

"People need the tools to succeed in America, and, at the very minimum, a major tool on the road to success is a high school diploma or GED. All Americans deserve a basic education so that they can take advantage of opportunities otherwise not open to them," Wilson told a Congressional subcommittee earlier this spring.

Wilson spotlighted funding needs of adult education programs and the adults on waiting lists hoping to further their education. Wilson will be at the Library of Congress to receive her award in person.

Also being recognized are Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Dorcas Place, a Providence, R.I. program helping low-in come adults, Home Safety Council, a national organization devoted to making home safety information accessible to all Americans, and Calvin Miles, an advocate of adult learners.

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This has been a busy year for country's original "redneck girl": Gretchen Wilson released an album of original songs, "Right on Time," in April, led by the single Still Rollin', and her first Christmas album, "Christmas in My Heart," hit the shelves in October. In between, she climbed "Under the Covers" with Rod Stewart and the Faces, Jackson Browne, Led Zeppelin and Derek and the Dominoes, among others, for a night on the town singing classic rock songs. »»»
Right On Time CD review - Right On Time
Gretchen Wilson is an example of how quickly commercial success can come and go in this whacky business. The Redneck Woman was all the rage in 2004 with "Here's to the Party." The flag bearer for the trailer park crowd personified the tough chick, but there was far more musical depth to her than the persona she embraced through four albums including her last one, 2010's "I Got Your Country Right Here." In this disposable world, even though her first 3 discs went »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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