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This Album Changed My Life: Kora Naughton on ‘Here For The Party’ by Gretchen Wilson

by Nick Price
Here For The Party

Kora Naughton is continuing to break new ground with her brand new single Lay Down & Die. It sees Kora once again prove that she’s not willing to be pigeon holed into one genre.

To get to know Kora Naughton, we’ve ask her tell us about an album that has changed her life.


I was always very adamant as a young girl that I did NOT like country music but I was also always very quick to be reminded that I danced around my house, tv remote microphone in hand, singing every word to every song on Gretchen Wilson’s ‘Here for the Party’. My Dad had been a big country music fan his whole life, and when he gave me this CD, my stubborn 6-year-old self refused to admit defeat by acknowledging the depth of my love for these songs.

Now I wouldn’t have described myself as a Redneck Woman and I certainly didn’t know what a Homewrecker was, but I played that album to my heart’s content and STILL couldn’t come to terms with the fact that I might secretly be a big sucker for country music.

So with that, I sat in the back of dad’s car complaining and scowling about his taste in music for many years to come, yet every time he would look away, I’d catch myself tapping my feet or humming along to the melody, and before I knew it, singing all the words to a Slim Dusty song. 

The truth is, I never really despised country music in the way I thought I did, I had just never wanted to step outside of my box or admit that I quite possibly could have been wrong about something!

Regardless of the somewhat age inappropriate lyrics I was singing throughout my childhood, looking back, I realise that this album was the first time I gave country music a chance, and that, without knowing it at the time, it was changing my perspective on what the genre of country music had to offer. If I’m being completely honest, had I never received that album, I don’t know if I would have given country music a second thought, but boy am I glad I did!

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