Redneck Music

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“Cause I'm a redneck woman
And I ain't no high class broad
I'm just a product of my raisin'
And I say "hey y'all" and "Yee Haw"

Grretchen Wilson, this Redneck woman, is coming to Panama City Beach for the Indian Summer Festival this fall, but, tourist officials want to make it clear: this is not the redneck Riviera anymore. Not everyone says that's a bad claim to make.

David Humphreys, of Panama City, says the area is changing and the music should reflect the change.

There's not all country around here, there's everybody. We're a diverse group of people in Panama City," says Humphreys.

Misty Cook has been visiting Panama City Beach with her family for the past eight years from Georgia.

“I don't think there's anything wrong with the country music. I don't think that labels a place as being redneck," says Cook.

Travis Tritt was a headliner at last year's Indian Summer Festival and this year his latest hit explores the adventures that hit close to home with spring break.

"They're looking real good down in Panama City," croons Tritt in his song.

Brian Lindsey, of Panama City, says country music appeals to everyone, it shouldn't matter what reputation it brings to an area.

“I think country music is a big part of the south. I like country music. I like Leanne Rhymes, Brooks and Dunn. It's pretty cool," says Lindsey.

Country group Trick Pony will set the stage Saturday night at the festival. Pretty cool to some and pretty popular to many. Country music is the number one music venue right now, Mike Aldridge a tourist from Tennessee agrees.

“With country music being dominant right now, you'd be a fool not to take advantage of that. As far as Gretchen and her redneck woman, it sells tickets," says Aldridge.

And selling tickets is what it's all about.