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Gretchen Wilson Sued by Black Crowes

 - Aug 2, 2008
References: blogs.courant
Buzz has gone country this week, and judging by Gretchen Wilson's appearance in the media, it doesn't look like anyone is pulling those reigns in.

While Jessica Simpson's new country-style record got buzz this week and we showed you a Christian-meets-country version of Umbrella, hardcore country crooner Gretchen Wilson seems to have gotten herself into a bit of legal trouble.

The Black Crowes are accusing John Rich, who cowrites with Gretchen, of ripping off their song "Work Hard, Play Harder," which they say is way too similar to their track, "Jealous Again" for them not to press copyright infringement charges.

"We find the musical verses of Wilson's song to be such an obvious example of copyright infringement that I expect all parties to reach a relatively quick resolution to avoid litigation," Pete Angelus, the Black Crowes' manager, said about the similarity to their 1991 song.

It's a little ironic considering we praised country singers on Nashville star for writing their own tunes as opposed to having them spoonfed like most artists do.

What's worse, someone who can't write songs so takes credit for someone else's work officially, or someone who steals someone else's music without permission then tries to write it off like it was totally from their own inspiration?