Country singer Gretchen Wilson was arrested by Connecticut State Police Tuesday night.
According to WFSB, state police responded to a Bradley International Airport runway at 7 p.m. for a call of an incident aboard an incoming flight. While troopers were interviewing the 45-year-old “Redneck Woman” singer, she became belligerent and was placed under arrest.
It’s not clear if it was a public or private flight. The airport is located in Windsor Locks.
Wilson, charged with breach of peace, had bond set at $1,000. WFSB reported it was not known if she was bonded out. She is to appear in a Connecticut Superior Court today.
Wilson, who performed the National Anthem during the 2008 Republican National Convention, also played for then-GOP presidential candidate John McCain and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Wilson played for the Alaska governor at a number of rallies leading up to election day including in Ohio and North Carolina.
“We got any rednecks in her today,” Wilson asks.
Wilson made her country music debut in 2004. Her album ‘Here For the Party’ included the single, “Redneck Woman.” The track would shoot up the Billboard country music chart and win a Grammy in 2005.
Wilson was nominated that year as a Grammy best new country artist, her album was nominated as best country album of the year as well. But it was the single that grabbed the prize for best female country vocal performance. The cut spent six weeks at number one. The album sold 5 million copies and included other hits. Her second album, ‘All Jacked Up,’ featured Merle Haggard on the track “Politically Uncorrect.” Wilson launched her own record label, Redneck Records, in 2009.
Following her debut, Wilson appeared on you-name-it news magazine and TV talk shows. Wilson published an autobiography, “Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life,” which included details including that Wilson is “one of the millions of Americans who hadn’t finished high school.” At age 34, she says on her Facebook, she got her General Equivalency Diploma and her “friend and mentor, fellow musician Charlie Daniels, was a guest speaker at her graduation ceremony.”
Wilson describes herself as coming from a “tough background.”
On her Facebook page, Wilson says “I am what I sing.”