It seems that every year there has been a rumor that country music star Gretchen Wilson would return to Bond County for the annual Pocahontas-Old Ripley Fire District homecoming.
Saturday night, the rumor became a reality as Gretchen showed up at the event.
The Chapman Brothers Band was the entertainment for the night.
Band leader Jeff Chapman said he knew a few days before the homecoming there was a good possibility Wilson would be in attendance. He said they were ready for her to come on stage.
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Wilson grew up in Bond County and calls Pocahontas her home town. The Chapman Brothers Band has been in existence for 35 years so Gretchen is very familiar with Jeff and Jerry Chapman, having performed with them in the past, according to Jeff Chapman.
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Gretchen Wilson hit the country music scene with her first album, Here For The Party, in 2004. It went to number one on the country chart. The following year she won a Grammy for best female country vocal performance for the song “Redneck Woman.” Since then, she has had several hit songs and albums.