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While the modern era has turned a number of country singers into pop stars, fewer country artists represent working-class women. Not the type who cooks in high heels and a skirt; the kind who sits up at night waiting for her hapless husband, scanning the radio as she nurses a bottle of wine. That’s the woman Kellie Pickler describes on “Where’s Tammy Wynette,” and those are the women that this former American Idol contestant is looking to reach with her third album, 100 Proof. With songs like “Unlock That Honky Tonk,” “Stop Cheatin’ on Me,” and “Tough,” Pickler plants her bootheel in the kind of traditional, backwoods country music usually dominated by alpha males. While Pickler has the sand to compete in a male-dominated world, her album is more than a series of country clichés. Her songs are clever and honest, with a lot of original touches. Take, for instance, the melting melody of “Long As I Never See You Again,” which could have been drawn from a Neil Young track, or “100 Proof,” which puts a sensitive spin on the old conceit of the drinking song.

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Pickler revives traditional country l with dirty, grassroots tunes and heart wrenching ballads

"This is just going to be Kellie, like it or leave it," she says. "I don't expect people to like me or like my music. I want them to, but I can't make them. If I can't be me, then I don't want to do it." - Kellie Pickler on the new album.

6 years ago, I saw something special in a young, humble blonde girl from a small town in North Carolina called Albemarle on the famous or infamous television show, "American Idol". Something about her stuck. Maybe it was her naive personality, not vacuous, just innocent. She is unbelievably genuine. I fell in love with her debut album, "Small Town Girl", which seemed more real than anything I'd heard. Kellie is really one of a kind.

Aside from her obvious pulchritude lies a bolstering personality screaming to get out. If you ever see her in concert, you will notice right away that she is nothing but herself; She is a real, down-at-home, country girl, raised on the classics and living a country lifestyle. With this album, you can take a trip down the country road that is and was her story. Quite frankly, she blows other comparable female artists out of the water, making their efforts look like child's play while she is effortless in singing straight from her heart in a fashion that could only be innate.

This album takes you from her estranged relationship to her mother (the heartbreaking ballad "Mother's Day" to a fun, relaxing story of commitment to her husband, Kyle Jacobs("Rockaway"). One thing that separates her from the rest is her devotion to telling a real story. The words she's singing were hand picked.

Pickler is a lover of the classics. In countless interviews, she's mentioned her avid listening to traditional country artists such as Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, and Loretta Lynn. "Stop Cheating On Me" is hauntingly beautiful, and could almost be confused for any of the three of them. Pickler graciously pays tribute to traditional country in a world where country radio is ruled by payola, catchy beats, and overproduced vocals. "Where's Tammy Wynette" and "Unlock That Honky Tonk" are homegrown, stripped and have unmistakably country instrumentation. "Long As I Never See You Again" and "Turn On The Radio and Dance" have a backroads, nostalgic feel, and are dripping with emotion that you could just dive into as she sings.

One only needs to listen to a few clips to understand that Kellie is up to this point, one of the most underrated artists out there. "100 Proof" is a masterpiece. One would hope that this album will allow her to surge into a rightful place of recognition and that country radio will not let this masterpiece slip through the cracks! This CD is an essential for any country music fan's CD collection.


I LOVE the WHOLE album. She sings beautifully. You won't be disappointed.


This album is amazing! Kellie Pickler is a modern day Dolly, Tammy, and Loretta all in one! I haven't heard a female album this good since Leeann Womacks CMA award winner "More where that came from." This CD will take Kellie to the level of Carrie, Taylor, and Miranda if radio has any sense left at all! Wow!


Born: June 28, 1986 in Albemarle, NC

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

In 2005, singer Kellie Pickler landed a spot in the fifth season of American Idol. Though she finished sixth, the former waitress and Miss North Carolina contestant charmed American audiences with her Southern twang and blonde ambition, resulting in a contract with BNA Records that yielded her debut album, Small Town Girl, in the fall of 2006 and an eponymous sophomore release in 2008, which yielded Pickler's first Top Ten hit, "Best Days of Your Life," a song she co-wrote with Taylor Swift. Her...
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100 Proof, Kellie Pickler
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Country, Music, Honky Tonk, Contemporary Country
  • Released: Jan 24, 2012

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