Best Redneck Woman: Tara Thompson
It was hard not to think of the great Gretchen Wilson (and maybe Tanya Tucker) when relatively new Big Machine signee Tara Thompson busted out an unreleased song called "W.T.F." in the scorching midday sun on Saturday. Those letters stand for "White Trash Female," which turned out to be a snarling statement on class that proudly rejected the expectations of polite middle-class society in favor of the East Tennessee-bred singer's own definition of self-worth. Though not one of the tracks from Thompson's debut EP (released June 10th), "WTF" still fit in perfectly with the biting humor of her other work like "Someone to Take Your Place" and "Side Effects" — proof that she's got plenty to say. As Gretchen might say, hell yeah.