On July 31, 2008, the Black Crowes filed a lawsuit against Wilson for copyright violation, alleging that her song "Work Hard, Play Harder" copied the Crowes song "Jealous Again". Also included in the suit were her label Sony BMG, her publishing company, and the cable network TNT, which has been using the song in commercials. There is no resolution at present; however, Crowes manager Pete Angelus has stated that he expects a quick resolution without litigation.
Gretchen Wilson sang the National Anthem (blended with a voice-over of the Pledge of Allegiance) to a national audience at the Republican National Convention in August 2008, later describing this as a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience at an "historic moment". Wilson and her band also performed during Republican presidential candidate Arizona Senator John McCain and vice-presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's political rally at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 22, 2008 to an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 12,000 supporters. Palin started the rally by exclaiming that she couldn't wait to get (Wilson's) autograph. Wilson played a version of the Heart song "Barracuda" for Palin. The band Heart had requested that their own original version not be played at Republican rallies.
Gretchen Wilson has been active in support for children's charities, adult education, and the fight against obesity. Initiatives to date include: (1) Raising over $1.5 million through benefit performances for children’s charities, such as St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (2) Serving as national spokesperson for Country Bands Together, a national obesity education and counseling/support campaign sponsored by Allergan. (3) Advocacy for adult education, including testimony before Congress on the value and importance of support for adult learners.
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