Jimmy gave Kellie a good promo spot on his program the moring before her 2012 American Idol Appearance. She has not been on the show in several years.
by Beville Darden
Kellie Pickler doesn’t have a censor, and that’s what is so refreshingly delicious about both the country star’s personality and her music. The 25-year-old blond beauty from Albemarle, NC, is an open book about the skeletons in her family’s closet, from her father’s stints in jail to her mother’s abandonment, and even her own struggles with her weight. The storms she’s weathered on the way from small-town girl to ‘American Idol’ finalist and now country superstar have proven to be lucrative inspiration for her music, especially apparent on her third studio album, ‘100 Proof.’ In turn, this new music has proven to be therapy for the now blissfully happy Kellie.
On the new disc, due in stores Jan. 24, the singer-songwriter shows her twang more than ever before, going back to the classic country music sound she’s loved all her life. With healthy doses of pedal, steel and sass, most songs sound like they could’ve been cut by the likes of Loretta Lynn or Dolly Parton back in the ’60s. While Kellie admits she’s not sure if today’s country radio will embrace ‘100 Proof,’ she stands by it with 100 percent confidence.
The Boot caught up with Kellie in Nashville to talk about her new album and the inspiration behind some of its most personal tunes. We also talk about her doting husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, and the pesky baby questions they’re getting now that they’ve been married more than a year. In our candid chat, the sensitive singer also addresses her critics … and prays for them.
Kellie and Kix Brooks are on American Country Countdown. The first part of the program is deleted in which Kix is talking about his Christmas gift from his wife. Kellie talks about getting a radar detector and liking to drive fast. Kellie talks about her new album and her favorite song from the album which is “The Letter”, and about her relationship with her Dad. They discussed the song and video for “Tough.” She talks about writing songs with her husband Kyle. They talk about both their rituals of having a drink before performances. She talks about going to St. Lucia for her anniversary. She and Kyle fished and hiked to the top of a mountain. She drops the hint that she is hopefully will have the chance to perform on Idol this year. 29:00.
Kellie calls in. Kellie talks about her two Christmas songs and admits she doesn’t know the words to the song when the DJs ask her to sing a verse of Rocking Around the Christmas Tree. They talk about her USO tours. Kellie talks about her favorite vacation spot. She talks about her appearances on Ellen Degeneras, and sneaking on the set of All My Children when she was in LA. 7:15.
Kellie is interviewed at the CMAs. They talk about visiting in Minnesota, and about her first White Christmas. They talk about her single “Tough.” They talk about the production of her new album. They talk about her song writing with Kyle. They talk about her appearance on 90210. She talks about her family and especially her Grandmother Faye. 7:15.
Kellie talks about her grandfather gambling with $1 and giving up. Kellie doesn’t gamble. She is drinking her favorite beverage, a Cours Light. They talk about married life. She tells that she and Kyle did not live together before they were married, and that she had never lived with another person until Kyle. They talk about her vegetarianism and that she doesn’t crave the food she used to love….steak. They talk about tweeting. She sings a song by Kitty Wells acapella. 8:30.
From her Bing Lounge appearance…
She talks about liking to take naps. She mentioned that she bought Moo Moo while in Portland three years ago. She is asked about her USO tours. She talks about her experience working at Sonic. They talk about Halloween.
And a follow-up call the next day….
Kellie talks about shopping in Portland with her grandpa Ken. She talks about how I Wonder is her most most popular song. She talks about her new single “Tough”.
Kellie talks about the story behind her current single “Tough”. She talks about her relationship with her Dad as being the biggest factor that made her “tough.”
She talks to Cornbread. She talks about loving rare meat but that she cannot eat meat now. She avoids the topic of babies. She hates mustard and would like to punch the person who thought of that in the face. They talk about what she likes in her marriage. 3:00
She went on to tell us the best things about being married, and about wanting to write new music for all the “beer-drinking women” out there. She and Kyle get along because they are not “stuck up each other’s butts!!”.
Kellie talks about her upcoming Opry appearance and her gig on the 90210 show.